+ Fantastic grip.
+ Huge durability improvements.
+ Designed based on community feedback.
– Very different shoe than the original with a lot more heel drop.
– KO Doesn’t have a truly minimal shoe anymore.
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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?
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.
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.
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