+ Fantastic grip on all surfaces
+ Near zero break-in time
+ Wide, stable footbed
+ Spacious toe box
– Below average build quality
– Weird additional foam on insole
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Despite a huge amount of growth potential, the parkour-specific shoe market has a multitude of options with minimal diversity. Most new offerings seem to take a similar route: big heel drop, minimal ground feel, maximum protection, and non-existent style. This is in spite of demands to the contrary from the community at large. On top of this, there is minimal innovation as new releases often do their best to create near-identical copies of current, or past, mass-market shoes. While imitation may be the greatest form of flattery, it’s also time for the parkour community to stop living in the past and start designing new shoes that work. This problem-methodology may be how KO got its start, but with the release of the Gen 3, Drop, and Precision, they’re among the first to buck the trend.
After more than a month spent training and working in the Precisions, Alan collected his thoughts and sat down to share his experience with me.
I’m not sure why, but it seems that many, if not all, of the new KO’s have issues with fit. I understand that there are fit differences between brands, but it is rare that a brand recommends customers purchase an entire size and a half away from their normal size. Thankfully, KO is on top of the issue and does a good job warning customers on their online store. Even so, it may be wise to find a pair to try on before you buy.
Since we were shipped our shoes prior to public release, we were unaware of the issue and many of our athletes ended up with wonky sizes. This is NOT KO’s fault, but it is something you should bear in mind as we review all the new models.
KO has never been known for the durability of their shoes, but this time around they’ve certainly managed to create something that does a much better job of giving you some benefits in exchange for the durability tradeoff.
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