Look - 9 out of 10; very stylish
Comfort - 6 out of 10; during use they tend to rotate my foot inward
Fit - 7 out of 10; fit well at first, but seemed to shrink after a couple weeks and get tighter around my foot
Application - 6 out of 10; because of the inward rotation, some exercises – particularly leg workouts and running – were uncomfortable
Durability - 5 out of 10; in less than 2 weeks the tread on the bottom was almost all worn off
Weight - 10 out of 10; never found a lighter shoe for the functionality
Overview: The shoe is designed as a cross trainer, tailored for those looking to do a range of exercises. While it is extremely light weight, I experienced a lot of inward rotation of my foot while using them. This made running in them rather difficult, as my knees and ankles started to get sore after only a short time. Upon examining the shoes, it seems this is because of an excess of material on the outside of the shoe by the toes, causing them to rotate inward on every step. I had to change my gait when running to compensate for this. The shoes are very versatile in that the material on the top is divided into a couple different sections, allowing for more or less tension in key areas as you lace them. This combined with the light weight design makes things like bike riding and elliptical training extremely easy. They also are very breathable. The material is designed with several openings to allow moisture to vent from the shoes. It can vent from the top or from the sides, allowing for training in wet environments as well as dry.
Pros: Extremely light weight, variable tension during lacing, great for bike or elliptical training
Cons: Tread wears out quickly, inward rotation of the feet, not good for running
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10 bones
Specs (from site):
http://www.lalotactical.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=9044_10228&product_id=386: The Bloodbird features fully articulated mid-foot support for dynamic fit, anatomical lacing system, the LALO OCF Fit System, ceramic-coated SUPER FABRIC™ toecap and Anti Inversion Technology. The Bloodbird offers superior stability in the mid-foot and shines in workouts with less dynamic movements such as weight training, where the focus is on grounding and stability. It is a solid choice for movements requiring attention to balance such as squats, deadlifts, push press, cleans and jerks. KNOWN WHEREABOUTS BUD/s Training, beaches, urban terrain, Crossfit boxes, adventure races, weight-training facilities, MOUT and CQC combat operations. Color: Jungle\Battleship\Desert\BLK OPS Weight: 8.3 oz (based on a men's size 9) Drop: 5 mm active drop.
-Tom Porritt, US Army, MSG, Ret.