I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again – when I first saw Vibrams I thought they looked ridiculous. I actually laughed when my friend told me how much he had paid for his.
Shame on me for being so quick to judge.
Fast forward a couple years. Then last summer when I was working in Las Vegas, Nevada, I was reading Christopher McDougall’s book – Born to Run (which I highly recommend). Not only is it a surprisingly entertaining and informative book. But he also makes a solid case for minimalist shoes which led me to research them online. I learned about how to make the transition from traditional shoes to minimalist shoes and then decided what the heck, I’ll buy a pair. Luckily, Vibram had recently come out with the Spyridon LS which is designed for trail running.
So, I spent the next couple weeks preparing my feet to make the switch.
Then on the weekend I was heading to Zion National Park, I woke up early to stop at the mall and grab a pair of the Spyridon LS.
A few hours later, I was hiking up Angel’s Landing with my new Vibrams on.
Spyridon LS Review
Upper: Stretch Mesh and Polyamide
Sole: XSTrek Vibram Rubber
Footbed: 3mm Polyurethane Insole Anti-Microbial Dri-Lex Sockliner
Manufacturer’s Weight: Men’s size 44 – 6.88oz. each, 13.76oz/pair
I wear a 46, so they’re probably a little over 14oz.
Even worn out, these things have awesome traction.
- Very Comfortable – the neoprene hugs my feet.
- Traction – These babies grip rocks, roots, and grass amazingly well.
- Durable – They’ve held up after over a year of hiking and a little trail running.
- Foot Protection – Reliable protection from rocks especially on the instep.
- Abrasion Resistance – A thin layer of rubber should come up between the toes so they don’t develop holes in the material from rubbing together.
- Less Minimal – There’s a loss of that minimalist feeling.
- Less Air – Noticeably less breathable than other Vibrams.
- Debris – Could use a better tongue and upper to protect against pebbles and debris entering the shoe.
I’ve avoided walking or jogging on concrete since I bought these specifically for trail use. So, the tread has lasted really well. Like I mentioned, I’ve had these for over a year and I’ve hiked hundreds of miles.
They’re comfortable shoes to wear but you lose a lot of the minimalist feel you get with other models like the Seeya.
The tongue is kind of silly for a trail shoe, it’s too big and thick. Pebbles and debris sometimes sneak into my shoes, mostly from the sides around my ankles. However, this could be because I don’t like to tighten the laces too much because the shoes are already really snug on my feet.
I’ve found that even on steep trails, rocks and wet surfaces they maintain a solid grip. They work well crossing rivers and streams and tend to dry fairly quick.
Odor builds up more in this pair than my other Vibrams too. It’s not a big problem but you’ll want to wash them regularly.
I’ve really enjoyed my Spyridons. If you want a solid, minimalist trail shoe give these a serious look.
My Spyridon’s have taken me on trails all over America and Korea. The photo above is from my hike up Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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