Nov 3 2010

Nike Zoom Kaiju Snowboard Boots

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Sure, these may be last year’s model, but nothing’s changed except the colorway.  I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect replacement for my six-year old Northwave Kevin Jones boots, and stumbled across the Nike Kaiju.  Wow, I normally wouldn’t look to Nike for snowboard gear, but this boot was too hot to ignore.  Nikes were also highly recommended by my friends, so it was a no-brainer to order them.  I secured one of the last remaining pair from Martini Skate & Snow for $244.00!

What caught my eye the most was the strong Jordan design influence married with a bit of Asian flare (a la the Japanese characters).  Yo, can’t go wrong with the elephant print and XI’s eye loops.

And it’s definitely not overrated; the fit is amazing and feels a lot less bulky than other boots.  The liner hugs your foot without being constricting.  I can’t wait to break them in.  I’m not sure if I’ll heat mold them or just do what Mike of Martini Skate & Snow suggested; that is, put on snowboard socks, wear the boot for an hour, take them off for 10, then another hour with the boot back on.

I’m confident these will hold up for me for the next five years; that’s not to say I won’t pick up the 2010/2011 colorway when this season is over!  Thanks to Marlon and Jordy for suggesting the Nike brand!  Check out some of the images I took in my makeshift bedroom studio! 😀

2009/2010 Nike Zoom Kaiju (black/varsity royal)

Apr 6 2010

Quick Thoughts: Vibram FiveFingers KSO

Maryland — Today, I received my Vibram FiveFingers KSO.  I don’t remember where or when I heard about the FiveFingers, but I knew the idea behind barefoot running made perfect sense.  Rob, a close friend of mine, has been using them for a while and suggested the KSO model instead of the KSO Trek.  KSO Trek has a crazy tread pattern and uses Kangaroo leather; soooo soft!  Before I ordered a pair, I headed down to CitySports in Bethesda to get a feel for the size and fit.  I’m a size 9.5, normally, and the European 40 fit perfectly.  The build quality was excellent and look so much better in-person.  I picked mine up at Rock/Creek for $84.95 w/ FREE SHIPPING and NO TAX since CitySports was out of stock.

As a former high school track sprinter/runner, I’m used to running on the balls of my feet.  Unfortunately, those days are long gone and my joints and muscles aren’t like they used to be.  After I get some miles on my KSOs, I may follow up on here or you can just email me if you’re interested in my thoughts and opinions.  You can Google “barefoot running” since more qualified people on YouTube and various blogs have drawn-out discussions and analysis on the subject.

I took some shots of them before I jack them up on the street: