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Kryptek Knee Pad

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As Kryptek works on their new tactical line, they’ve introduced some new technologies from several materials suppliers. For example, this bi-component kneepad which was developed under a cooperation between Vibram and D3O. Vibram is now working as D3O’s Berry partner to manufacture their shock absorbing foams here in the US.

Here, you can see how the Vibram kneecap is applied to the trouser. The D3O pad is placed in a pocket in the knee of the trouser.

Here is the reverse of the two knee pad components.

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www.kryptek.com

OR – Vibram Furoshiki Footwear

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

  

I know these are wild looking but they are Vibram’s Furokishi footwear. The name comes from the Japanese word “to wrap and carry items with cloth” and that’s exactly what these do. Stretchable wraps extend off of the Vibram rubber sole to secure the fit with Velcro. This high top model is boot height but there are mid and low variants as well. The high top is lined with fleece for cold weather wear.

 

eu.vibram.com/en/products/furoshiki-black

Furoshiki Sole Concept from Vibram

Friday, June 19th, 2015

  

The Concept: Furoshiki in the Japanese culture, refers to the tradition of wrapping, holding and carrying various objects with cloth. Vibram has created the first wrapping sole.

Multi Size: Due to the anatomic shape of the sole and the stretch upper material, Furoshiki will comfortably fit all foot types.

Easy On: The wrapping Vibram sole with stretch fabric upper material, and a unique closing system will ensure a fast, secure fit.

Multi Use: With a top quality Vibram outsole – Furoshiki will guarantee comfort in any environment. Whether walking in the city, through an airport, or relaxing by the beach, Furoshiki will comfortably wrap around your feet.

Color: Black

www.vibram.com

Director of Defense Logistics Agency On The Road Visits Supply Chain – Quabaug Corporation and Vibram

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I keep hearing about Navy Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek and everything I hear is good. The Director of the Defense Logistics Agency comes across as a no-nonsense leader who cares about the men and women he serves and the equipment they use. He asks pointed questions about the supply chain and has been out in the road taking a look at just what they do. This report about the Director’s visit to the Quabaug Corporation comes to us from their partner Vibram brand who provide the soles for combat boots.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY

DLA Director Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek Recognizes Vibram USA’s Critical Contributions to U.S. Armed Services During Tour of Quabaug Corporation Manufacturing Facility

NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA, September 11, 2014 – As part of his ongoing effort to partner with industry leaders, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Director Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek and his senior staff visited Quabaug Corporation, the U.S. manufacturing partner of Vibram, USA. As DLA Director, Harnitchek oversees the acquisition and supply of commodities, clothing, textiles, and other equipment for the Department of Defense. Vibram is recognized worldwide as the leader in high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, work and fashion footwear and is relied on by the world’s greatest climbers and athletes. In addition, Vibram is the only U.S. manufacturer providing high-performance soling products to all branches of the United States Military.

During his visit, Vice Admiral Harnitchek was provided an overview of the spectrum of products manufactured in North Brookfield, including soling for combat boots, military dress shoes, jungle boots, and the new domestically manufactured athletic training shoes. Joined by Quabaug Corporation CEO Kevin Donahue and Vibram USA Vice President Bill Ells, Harnitchek toured the manufacturing plant and company development laboratories to see the advanced manufacturing processes used by Vibram to build their world class products.

Vibram USA Vice President Bill Ells said, “We appreciate Vice Admiral Harnitchek’s interest in learning more about the products manufactured in North Brookfield that directly support our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. Every man and woman who serves our nation in the military wears a Vibram sole, and we are pleased to reaffirm our commitment to the Armed Services, especially on today’s solemn anniversary. On behalf of our employees, I thank Vice Admiral Harnitchek for DLA’s support of our domestic manufacturing.”

At the conclusion of the tour, Harnitchek addressed a gathering of Quabaug employees, including a large number of military veterans. The Vice Admiral’s remarks touched on the critical importance of the employees’ work manufacturing the most essential component of any military ensemble. He reflected on the added significance of this work on the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attack on the United States.

Five Fingers Sale at GSS

Monday, April 16th, 2012

GSS is holding a 40% off Vibram sale this week, Monday through Saturday only in their pro shop at 1569 Diamond Springs Road
in Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

www.GSSgear.com

Army Says “No” to Five Fingers in Uniform

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Late last month, the US Army officially banned the wearing of Vibram’s Five Fingers and other similar barefoot running brands that feature, “five separate, individual compartments for the toes,” as they, “detract from a professional military image.”

This edict was passed down from on high through an ALARACT (241/2011) message.

SUBJECT: MODIFYING WEAR OF IMPROVED PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM (IPFU)

1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO MODIFY THE EXISTING WEAR POLICY FOR THE IPFU.

2. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF MINIMALIST RUNNING SHOES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND WEAR. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ONLY THOSE SHOES THAT ACCOMMODATE ALL FIVE TOES IN ONE COMPARTMENT ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR. THOSE SHOES THAT FEATURE FIVE SEPARATE, INDIVIDUAL COMPARTMENTS FOR THE TOES, DETRACT FROM A PROFESSIONAL MILITARY IMAGE AND ARE PROHIBITED FOR WEAR WITH THE IPFU OR WHEN CONDUCTING PHYSICAL TRAINING IN MILITARY FORMATION. THIS CHANGE WILL BE REFLECTED IN THE NEXT UPDATE OF AR 670-1.

For uniformed Five Fingers fans this must come as quite a blow. Fortunately, Vibram, makers of the famed Five Fingers foresaw issues with their unconventional footwear and developed specialized soles that mimic the benefits of their compartmented models. Currently, both New Balance and Merrell have released numerous barefoot running models. For instance, the Minimus from New Balance comes in a very Army-esque Black and Yellow. What’s more, they have a reflective logo. How could a 1SG say ‘No” to that?

In spite of the Army’s decision, you can still wear Five Fingers while training out of uniform. Additionally, you can always explore alternatives.

Finally, while I support the Army’s decision for the sake of uniformity, once again, it’s yet another case of the Army’s leadership ignoring their institutional process of change (the Army Uniform Board) and making unilateral decisions about the uniform. From a leadership standpoint, this just doesn’t cut it. You don’t put a process in place and then ignore it when the mood suits you. How can you discipline Soldiers for doing the same thing? The new CSA and SMA both need to both conduct an azimuth check and take a look at the message they send when they ignore the “rules.”

Five Fingers Gives the Finger to Counterfeiters

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

All of us have Five Fingers although quite frankly my pinky toe freaks out after awhile in them. We think this message speaks for itself. Support genuine products. Learn more about counterfeiters.

www.fivefingers.com

365 Days in Five Fingers

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Five Fingers fever has caught on and they have become wildly popular with the Cross Fit crowd as well as military so when Eric Steinkopff, Director of Government Sales for Extreme Outfitters told me what was going on there I asked him to get something to me. What’s happening is that Extreme employee Erin Totterton is wearing her Vibram Five Finger footwear for 365 days straight. Eric, who wrote this report is a retired Marine and spent a couple of years as a journalist covering the military beat in Jacksonville, North Carolina prior to assuming his current position with Extreme.

Extreme Outfitters employee Erin Tetterton is making waves and raising a few eyebrows by wearing her Vibram Five-Finger footwear for a complete year.
She began April 17, 2010, and recently passed day 30 of her 365 trek.
“I’m wearing my toe-shoes for 365 days – because I can,” said Tetterton, whose husband Todd is a Marine stationed at the Stone Bay complex of Camp Lejeune and supports her endeavor as she posts near-daily blogs on her website www.wherethetoesgo.com with pictures taken from her iPhone as part of a college art photography project.

But Erin is no stranger to the unique looking shoes with fingers, because she has had them in her wardrobe for more than two years already.
“I originally bought them because they look cool and wore them for about two and a half years, just for fun,” Tetterton said. “I really like them and wear them because they’re different. People got to know me as the girl with those funny shoes.”
She wore them during water sports, boating, swimming, sand volleyball and rock climbing.
“I (even) wore them to our wedding,” Tetterton said. “Todd didn’t know until after the ceremony. The dress covered them up, but it made for some really great pictures later.”
This year Tetterton found out that people were running in the Five-Fingers and became interested in the ergonomic benefits of near-barefoot running.
“One of the things was Harvard’s study on collision forces – (that highlights) the difference between forefoot striking and heel striking,” said Tetterton, who added that a forefoot striker is less prone to injury. “The Vibram Five-Fingers encourage you to be a fore-foot striker.”
There are also testimonials by individual long distance runners who were claiming to be running injury-free or with a lower incidence of injuries, so she completed the 5th Annual Run for the Warriors, a five-kilometer run in Jacksonville May 15.
“It’s improved my run time by 20 percent,” Tetterton said.
But it wasn’t always that way.
“I started with the Classics and wore them for the first two years,” Tetterton said. “I think they’re the most ‘barefoot’ feeling of all they shoes, but they can come off in the water. Flows are great for water sports, especially in slightly cooler water and I’m looking forward to trying them under my fins for SCUBA diving this summer.”
“My Sprints are by ‘go-to-shoe – everything from gardening to running, and they stay on in the water,” Tetterton said. “KSOs are comparable my Sprints, but they feel a little more structured and a little more ‘shoe-like.’”

But wearing the interesting-looking footwear has not come without its challenges – such as conveying her message to others who don’t entirely understand.
“Explaining it to people (has been difficult), such as my aunt who loves shoe-shopping – why I’ve limited myself to one style of shoe for a whole year,” Tetterton said. “The only two times I won’t be able to wear them is with roller blades or bicycling cleats.”
All the focus on the Five-Finger footwear has brought about some unintended benefits.
“I donated a bunch of my shoes to charity this year,” Tetterton said. “Since I’m wearing (Five-Fingers), I don’t need them. I’m more interested in what other people around the world are wearing or not wearing.”
Although the summer weather is really just beginning to get hot in eastern North Carolina, late this fall it will be cold enough to warrant wearing one size larger Five-Fingers and special toe socks inside.
“I’m not looking forward to winter,” said Tetterton with a laugh.

To purchase these ergonomic “toe-shoes” known as Vibram Five-Fingers, visit Extreme Outfitters for a 10 percent VIP discount at 102 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28546, call the store at 910-355-2118 or visit their website at www.tacticaledge.com.