Not just for racing
I just wore these for the Pikes Peak Ascent and they were perfect. I have tried many racing flats for this race and none was as perfect as the Vert K. Plenty of protection while being as light as any other shoe, I have been able to find.
I wore these in prep for the race for my feet to get use to the minimal feel. The funny thing was is that I found myself training in them all of the time. They are much more protective than any other minimalist shoe I have tried while still having all of the benefits of a minimalist shoe. In most minimalist shoes I still get bone bruises from rocks - not with these. Now I am wondering if I can use these for an upcoming 50K.