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Vibram FiveFingers 2014 Sneak Peak #3: The Spyridon MR

Introducing the New-for-2014 Spyridon MR

NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER AT FEETUS.CO.UK

Back in September, Feetus.co.uk gave you an exclusive look at two other ‘Sneak Peaks’ of what you should expect to see from Vibram FiveFingers in 2014:

The shock retirement of the favourite KSO, which is being replaced by the KSO EVO, and, the introduction of the Bikila EVO; a cushioned update of the Bikila LS.

Now we bring you a look at the new Spyridon MR.

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A History of the Spyridon

The Spyridon was first released by Vibram FiveFingers back in early 2012, first as a lace-only (LS) style, before releasing the Spyridon (Velcro option) later in 2012. Designed with trail runners in mind, the Spyridon found itself as the go-to ‘barefoot’ shoe for participants in mud races and obstacle events such as Tough Mudder.

Click here to buy Men’s and Women’s Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon from Feetus.co.uk

The Spyridon MR

It is therefore no surprise to learn that the ‘MR’ stands for ‘Mud Runner’.

Here’s the official blurb from Vibram FiveFingers:

Designed for the minimalist trail runner, the re-styled Spyridon MR, short for Mud Runner, offers a Vibram 3D Cocoon technology molded into the sole for lightweight protection. Speed laces and canvas fabric finish this sole off for a rugged and secure fit, while a 360 degree lug pattern offers grip in all directions, perfect for your next mud obstacle course or trail race.

First Look: The Spyridon MR (Grey / Orange)

First Look: The Spyridon MR (Grey / Orange)

So, What’s New?

Good question. And the answer is ‘not much’.

The Spyridon MR is being released (initially, at least) as a lace-only style and will feature Vibrams fantastic Speed lace system. The Velcro Spyridon is being completely retired.

The Sole/Tread

There are no changes to the sole. The Spyridon MR has the same brilliant Vibram XS Trek Compound sole as the original Spyridon, with the ‘rock block’ nylon mesh. This is just a maximum sole thickness of just 4mm. Very minimalist. The rubber sole has a multi-directional quadrilateral pattern, thus providing a good degree of grip and range of motion.

The Upper

The upper fabric is arguably the only difference. Whereas the Spyridon LS was made from  Coconut Active Carbon, the new Spyridon MR is constructed from a polyester fabric. The new look is arguably more ‘socially acceptable’. By this, I mean the design has been toned-down and is less garish.

Closure / Fastening

As stated above, the Spyridon MR is (for the time being at least) going to be available as a lace-only style. The speed lacing system is a fantastic and very convenient way of lacing up in a flash. The short laces are made from memory wire, which helps them to remain in place as you fastened them. They then hold in place by securing the lace with a plastic toggle, and secured further with a small Velcro patch. Very neat indeed.

In the US, Vibram-wearers prefer to wear laces over Velcro by a ratio of 3:1. In the UK, we are the opposite, preferring Velcro over LS by the same ratio.

Foodbed

The MR has a polyurethane stitch-in footbed. Like the original Spyridon, this is not removable.

The Essentials:

Weight: M43 = 7.83 oz (222g) / W38 = 5.64 oz (188g)

Max Sole Thickness: 4mm

Colour Preview (From L to R): Women's Blue/Black, Men's Grey/Orange, Men/Women's: Black/Grey

Colour Preview (From L to R): Women’s Blue/Black, Men’s Grey/Orange, Men/Women’s: Black/Grey

Compound: XS Trek + 3D Cocoon Technology

Insole: 3mm Polyurethane + Anti-Microbial Drilex Sockliner

Machine Wash Cold/Air Dry

Colours Available:

Men’s:

Military Green / Black (14M4201) – Not available in UK

Black / Grey (14M4202)

Grey / Orange (14M4203)

Women’s:

Black / Grey (14W4202)

Blue / Black (14W4204)

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Final Words

While the release of the Spyridon MR is not as exciting as the release of the KSO Evo, the Bikila EVO and the all-new Vyrid, it is still an important development. It shows Vibram FiveFingers have recognised the massive growth in popularity of obstacle mud races over the last couple of years, and are looking to capitalise on this by providing a shoe that not only copes well in the wet and muddy conditions, but also stays on your foot! (If you’ve never been to a mud obstacle event, you always see people leaving with just one shoe, as the other got lost in the mud!)

It is a shame to see the Velcro option removed, but the worst decision for me is that the UK won’t be getting the military green ‘khaki’ colour. Nevertheless, I am confident the Spyridon ‘Mud Runner’ will prove to be a big hit in 2014.

Bring on the mud.

Click here to buy Men’s and Women’s Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon from Feetus.co.uk

 

NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER AT FEETUS.CO.UK

 

Click here to see the other 2014 releases from Vibram FiveFingers 

About The Author

Barefoot runner, cycling fanatic, outdoor-lover, Lee Firman is the man behind Feetus.co.uk. Click here to read more.

 

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2 Comments on Vibram FiveFingers 2014 Sneak Peak #3: The Spyridon MR

  1. I think the change to the material of the upper may help. I’ve read many reviews in which the reviewer says that the downside of the Spyridon LS is that it takes much longer to dry than the velcro-strapped version. Will this new upper make the shoe slightly lighter?

    Alan | January 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm () ()
    • Comparing the new MR to the existing LS in their respective catalogues, the LS is actually lighter by about 27g (size 43).

      Looking at the fabric, I would expect the new Spyridon MR to be a faster-drying shoe than its predecessor, but I cannot confirm this until I have tested it for myself.

      Thanks,

      Lee from Feetus.co.uk

      Feetus.co.uk | January 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm () ()