Rated 5 out of
Lightweight,I'm not technically a "youth" (I'm 18) but I opted for the kids' sizes for the grey/red colorway. I also own a pair of the original KSOs and these are a step-up in almost every respect. The bungee lace system provides more security and control than the velcro fixture could. The shoe is more flexible and combines with the re-designed sole to provide better ground feel. I've taken these on icy/wet/dry trails and roads and I've never had a problem with traction. They're more breathable than my old KSO and that's welcome. This means that in the winter I have to wear socks though. ,,,,If you are a fan of the original KSOs, these are a great upgrade. If you're new to minimalist shoes, these are a great first pair.