19 May KO Gen 3 Review
+ Great protection from toe stubs and other bumps and bruises.
+ Good support for long days coaching at the gym
+ These shoes rule in heavy rain (yes really), and just about any wall.
– The durability of the uppers is decidedly lacking. The material used in the heel cup and toe box wore through quickly and I wore through the shoe completely in about 1 month.
– While the shoes looked really fresh straight out of the box, it would be hard to pair these with anything other than a training outfit.
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After training in these shoes for over a month, Julius sat down with me to share his thoughts.
We covered topics ranging from style and training, to how it felt to just live in the shoes every day for a whole month. When we first opened the box, I think Julius and I were both pretty surprised by the shoe.
By the time we finished unboxing the shoes, it was 10:00 or 11:00 at night. We were way too excited to stay indoors though and just had to go out and train.
KO has been a fixture of the parkour community for a long time now, and just about everyone has either owned one of their previous models, – or the famed Kalenji Success – or trained with someone who has. This means that, unlike the other new KO’s, the Gen 3 has a certain legacy to live up to. It also means that it’s pretty difficult for KO to make a completely fresh first impression with this particular model.
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