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KO Drops 2.0 Review

KO Drop 2 Review from MÜV Magazine on Vimeo.

Grip

Fit

Durability

Build

Support

Protection

Style

THE GÜD

+ Fantastic grip.

+ Huge durability improvements.

+ Designed based on community feedback.

THE BAD

Very different shoe than the original with a lot more heel drop.

KO Doesn’t have a truly minimal shoe anymore.

OVERALL

7

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In the process of getting this review done, and ensuring we got a fair and balanced picture of the shoe, Bear was training at what amounted to competition levels of intensity nearly every day for two weeks straight.

Bear is one of the most well spoken and thoughtful people I know from the community and has owned multiple different KO shoe models in the past.  What better person then to review the new and improved KO Drop 2.0?

Bear Crop
Bear Schneider

As an owner of both the original KO Drops, and the KO Precisions, I expected these shoes to be the original Drops but with higher quality stitching and sewed on rubber.  Instead, I was surprised and a little disappointed by the addition of a good amount of heel drop. I was hoping they would retain their low profile and minimalist look.  KO did do a fantastic job on making the shoe hella sturdy, though.

Over the course of our high-intensity training/filming sessions, Bear’s legs steadily hurt more and more.  It got to the point where we would try to film for several hours at a time and come away from the session without anything usable.  Combined with several days of intermittent storms, this did nothing for our morale.

Bear Crop
Bear Schneider

From a performance standpoint, these shoes excelled everywhere. Rails in the rain, dusty walls, sandy playgrounds.  Nothing is exempt from the grip, and they’re pretty comfortable to just wear around.

The newly added heel drop was not ideal for my personal training style though. My ankles were feeling compressed, and my shins had to work a bit harder because of the thicker heel, leaving me completely destroyed by shin pain for almost a day after each training session. In the shoe’s defense, I am used to training in minimal/zero drop shoes, which for sure contributed to the way they made my legs feel.

Something worth noting about KO is their responsiveness to community feedback.  Given their recent split from WFPF it could be argued that, regardless of whether they deserve it or not, they have some reputation building work to do.  While I don’t think there is any parkour shoe on the market that was designed without community input, no one to date has implemented it so thoroughly, completely, and quickly, as KO did with their revisions to the original Drops.

Bear Crop
Bear Schneider

Again, the new Drops are in a whole new world compared to the old ones; phenomenally constructed. They may not be the change that I wanted from the old drops but after lots of intense training, the stitching on the mesh and on the rubber shows very little wear. They break in well without sacrificing sturdiness and now that I’ve trained in them intensely almost every day for a week and a half, I’ve experienced no change in how the shoes fit  Although I’m not sure how they stand up for over a month of training, I suspect it will be longer than any of the other new KO’s.

I really dug the way the original line of shoes had 3 different levels of padding, starting with the old Drops with minimal padding, then the Pres with medium padding and the Gen 3’s with a lot of padding. The new Drops fall somewhere between the Pres and the Gen 3’s in terms of padding, which is a little disappointing considering that its predecessor was so minimal. Despite all this, I can appreciate what KO has done right with these shoes, and I also appreciate that they changed the shoes based on community feedback.

If they were still the lowest profile of the new KO line, they would be a nearly perfect minimalist shoe for parkour. I would love if these were just a completely separate shoe from the Drops somewhere between the Pre’s and Gen 3’s, with a sturdier version of the old drops available for the same price.

Francis and the crew over at KO were awesome enough to send MÜV Mag a pair of each of their new shoe models. We partnered up with 4 different athletes to put these shoes to the test. Our production team and each of the athletes involved was not paid in any way (except candy) for these reviews. We have done our utmost to remain neutral so that we can provide you with a fair and honest review.

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Photos + Video © Sean Endres

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