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The One



  • I've wanted to talk myself into the Vapor Glove (the price certainly is good), but I can't run in that little a shoe--at least, I don't think so.
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • edited July 2013
    Now I got my Altra The Ones! Here are some initial comments. I have only been on a few km. run but hope to put some more running in them this week

    Color - looks
    I was a bit sceptical to the color but they are a cool green (I think - I am color blind!) that fit my Asics Speed shorts and singlet. I just want to look like the back page ad for Asics with the guy in green/black singlet/shorts :-) (at least I admit it)

    Fit - sizing
    I am addicted to zero drop and light weight and a super wide toebox (not really wide feet) for my flat forefeet problems. As much as i liked my Newton Distance, they pinch my forefeet and hurt. Look at the pictures and you see what I mean by "a Vapor Glove with cushioning". And I thought the Vapor Gloves had a wide toe box! You see my pinkie poking out a bit on the Vapor Gloves but not in the Altras. I did s a short run with the and without the insole. The bottom stiches are visible without the insole. I could feel a small stitch over my left big toe. Will see if that bothers me on long runs. I hope I can run sockless in these. We'll see when I remove the inner sole.

    I use 10.5 in Vapor Glove. 10.5 in shoes like Asics Nimbus. 11 in Altra The One seems perfect fit! I have almost a thumbnail in front of my big toe. I think I can strap these tighter and do fast runs. The wide toe box seems loose the first km. After that it was great to be able to splay and still have the shoe hug the rest of the foot.

    Cushioning - run form

    After running in Lems and Vapor Glove, The One feels really cushioned. My personal like is firm soles. In my short test run I felt that this shoe will be soothing on long runs. I never really miss cushioning but I am trying to "fix" my flat forefeet issues and the few times I run with some cushioning my calves are maybe a bit less sore. But I am experimenting with this. This is my first Altra shoe and I must say it lets me run like I want. It is easy to run lightly in these shoes. They are my heaviest shoes (237g, 8.35 ounce - in size 11 without insoles) but they feel very light. In contrast my Vapor Gloves are 167g, 5.89 ounce - in 10.5).

    The One is really what I wanted so far - a Vapor Glove with cushioning! Time and more km will show if it lives up to its name "The One" - the shoe to conquer all.
    ~asle (photo gallery)
  • It seems to me the closest thing to a Vapor Glove with cushioning would either be the BA2 or the Ascend Glove (although I haven't tried this one.) I can't imagine the flexibility of The One being anywhere near that of the Vapor Glove.
  • edited July 2013
    You are right Stephan. I had the BA2 but the toe box is was not wide enough for me. The One is different but I am (positive) surprised at the good ground feel for a cushioned shoe like this. I wanted something on the other end of Vapor Glove for longer runs. Cushioning yes but the toe box is great and I feel it promotes a good form. My idea is it triggers other muscles. Not "the one shoe" for me for variation.
  • So the question is...which shoe of the Vapor Glove or The One would you put on on most days?
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)

  • edited July 2013
    Most days -> Vapor Gloves. (this would have killed my feet 2 years ago)

    If I listen to my heart I would wear the Vapor Gloves every day (or barefoot)  :-) With my forefoot problems and to think in long term (I want to get real old and never stop running) I need to give my feet some cushioning. Every time I run in The One I wish I was barefoot :-)

    I don't know if I can ever get strong enough to run barefoot but I have a dream. But the answer to your question is I put on the Vapor Gloves on most days. I had my first exciting experience barefoot running 10k, with an injury break of 3 weeks. After that I transitioned to minimal shoes slowly over 2 years. What I know now is that barefoot/minimal shoes have solved my knee and back problems. And running too much and too fast injures me. It is a fine line. I love running barefoot but it really is not good for my forefeet. Long answer to a short question... I got carried away :-)
  • How's The One work sockless for you?
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • Works fine sockless as I prefer that when the temperature is ok. Have not tried to take out the insoles yet so I wonder how that will be since I can then see the visible stitches. Will try it and post when my left achilles heals.
    Hoping massage and hot/cold treatments help. 400m intervals barefoot was not a good idea ;-(
  • Running sockless in winter doesn't bother me as long as there's no slush or deep snow.  My feet were still very warm even in my Bare Access 2's despite near 30deg F temps this past year.
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • Finally bought a pair last night!
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • Let us know what you think after a couple of runs!

  • Will do.  I'll probably start up a separate review thread :-)
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • edited October 2013
    Well, that didn't last long...I had my pair for barely a week before I sent them back.  They rode great and looked great, but the upper was too high-volume and it folded in such a way that my insteps kept getting rubbed raw...

    I could try a pair of size 12's (they were a *little* short), but I think that'd make the high-volume upper issue even worse.

    Color me horribly disappointed...
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • Durability update: I have only 180 miles (I rotate with NB 890v2). There is a some wear on the tread of the shoe (edge of fifth square)  by the second set of drainage holes in the forefoot. image
    I'm about 159 lbs and 5'6" if that helps. . .
  • I really wish These would've fit better.  Otherwise, they were EVERYTHING I wanted in a shoe!
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
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