Koobi Fora - Men - Flamingo (Pink Sole) Final Sale

Regular price $78.00 Sale price $71.00
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SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Flexible ballistic fabric rock plate
  • Water-resistant upper
  • 4mm heel to toe drop.
  • 18mm high-rebound EVA under the forefoot.
  • Just 9.7oz (275grams) in a Men's 9 or Women's 10.5

The Koobi Fora is a nimble trail shoe that allows you to dance over any terrain. 

The Koobi Fora has a water resistant shield over the front of the foot and a quick-drying ariaprene-fabric booty that hugs your foot around the heel. So if you run through wet grass or splash through a puddle, you’ll stay dry but if you dunk your whole foot in a river, it will dry quickly.

Your shoes may be perfect or you might see some slight creasing on the upper, that is why we are selling them at a final discount.

    For a majority of people, the Endas are true to size.

    Unsure of your size? Check out our sizing guide.

    Don't know your US size? Check out our conversion chart here.

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    Social impact

    As we celebrate Kenya’s athletic excellence with runners across the globe, we deliver economic empowerment in Kenya. Both in production and by giving back to the community. Learn more.

    Climate neutral

    We measure our carbon footprint, reduce it, and then offset what we can’t eliminate. Plus all our packaging is reused or reusable. Nothing to the waste bin. 

    Vegan Friendly

    Lapatets and Itens are made free of animal byproducts or materials and are not tested on animals. Though sometimes they seem eager to check them out.

    Customer Reviews

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    Michael Baufeld
    Excellent

    Thank you!

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    Jim Crants
    I like them better than I did at first

    From November 17, 2022:

    Now that winter has arrived in Minnesota, I've been able to use my Koobi Foras for the purpose for which I bought them, and they've been great for that. As I'd hoped, their tendency to run hot helps a lot when it's below freezing outside. The soles work great on snow and slush, where their grip is terrific. They're terrible on ice, but so are most running shoes, in my experience, and that's what Yaktrax are for. The shoes don't feel as heavy in the cold as they did in the summer heat. "Run Kenyan" is also a fun mantra to chant when you're running through a snowstorm.

    In these conditions, the main complaint I had about them in August that still holds in November is that I really need a stability shoe, and these are neutral. The snow hides imperfections in the path, and if I step on an uneven spot, the Koobi Foras just let my ankles roll where they will, where something with a wider, flatter base might help me out a little more. But no points off for that, because it's not like they're advertised as a stability shoe.

    I'm still only up to 43 miles in these shoes, but I can see myself using them much more frequently in the coming months. I did 6.5 miles in them this morning, and I was actually glad I was wearing them instead of something else. I would give them four stars today.

    From August 30, 2022:

    I've put 13 miles on these so far in 4 runs, and they remain my least favorite shoes currently in rotation. However, I do keep them in rotation because I think they're valuable in enforcing good running form.

    For context, my favorite shoes in rotation are my Brooks Launch GTS 8: light, stable, fairly well-cushioned. The Enda Koobi Foras, in contrast, feel heavy (though the numbers don't look bad), with limited stability and cushioning. A run in the Koobi Foras always feels longer than a run in any of my other shoes because my body has to work so much harder to stay stable and absorb shock.

    And that's where I see the value in keeping them in rotation. I've found that I can still enjoy the run, as long as I maintain good form. If I start overstriding or slouching or something, things quickly start getting uncomfortable, and that's a good incentive to fix my form. I don't know if I'll ever use these for long or fast runs, but I'll probably keep taking them on short runs at an easy pace just for that running form discipline.

    Regarding other complaints I've seen about these: They do start out uncomfortably narrow around the forefoot, but I found that this issue simply disappeared on my second run. I've found that the short tongue isn't an issue if I use a runner's knot. They DO run warm, to the point where it gets uncomfortable at air temperatures of 80F or above. To me, that's fine, since I bought them with the idea that they might be good for winter running here in Minnesota.

    They have really good traction on the dirt paths and asphalt roads I've been using them on. I have no idea how they do on sand, gravel, and rocks.

    In short, if these had been available at my local running store, I would never have bought them because they're not what I look for in a running shoe. If you want trail shoes that feel almost minimalist while still protecting your feet, though, these might be for you.

    Three stars.

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    William s mellon
    not a runner anymore

    but these shoes make me want to disregard doctors orders and get back on the road. easily have become my favorite shoes. love the style. they are comfortable & light.

    C
    Cal
    Great Shoe!

    Really natraul feel to it! All positives

    S
    Spartan 2251
    fits a bit snug

    Love the design of this shoe, but the fit is a bit tight. Haven't had a chance to try it out on the roads.