I have been trying to figure out how to keep my heel strap on my ATS MONOS from slipping. I have tried several different things and planned to buy the new OSOs to use the new strap for my Monos as well as using the OSOs for trail running. But as the elastic in the heel strap has started to stretch a bit, I found that I could double the strap back around the heel strap and hold it in place using the keeper. Now there is no slip off my heel! Might be an idea manufacture the ATS laces to give an extra inch to loop over the heel strap and back through the keeper! Cheers, Judy

I have been trying to figure out how to keep my heel strap on my ATS MONOS from slipping. I have tried several different things and planned to buy the new OSOs to use the new strap for my Monos as well as using the OSOs for trail running. But as the elastic in the heel strap has started to stretch a bit, I found that I could double the strap back around the heel strap and hold it in place using the keeper. Now there is no slip off my heel! Might be an idea manufacture the ATS laces to give an extra inch to loop over the heel strap and back through the keeper!
Cheers,
Judy


Is there a way to get rid of the knot from the toe strap on the bottom of the sandal? this is for the diy kit

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The knot should squish down over time, but DIY sandals typically are knotted at the bottom. Is it causing an issue for you?


The following is a guest post from Lunar Monkey Cole Chlouber.

It’s no secret that I am a Luna fan. Let me start my Oso review by stating that to understand my comparisons to my Mono you must understand;

  1. I bought the leather (slick) footbed with my Monos because these were my wedding shoes, my work shoes, running shoes… So when Luna states the Mono to be the “do all sandal” they mean it and I’ve truly put that statement to the test.
  2. The “weaknesses” the Mono shows when compared to the Oso… Are not weaknesses, they are the best comparable to describe differences. I prefer Lunas first at this point, shoes are dead to me. ;)
  3. If I am not wearing Osos I am wearing Monos or barefoot inside my home.

Mono on the left; Oso on the right

Okay, now the good stuff! First off, I got a pair of Osos! I GOT A PAIR OF OSOS?! Yes!!! When the mailman showed up that day I kissed him on the mouth! I haven’t gotten mail since but does it matter?! I owe Ted, Scott, Dylan and the whole Luna Crew the biggest thanks for getting these to my door. I realize the demand and am in your debt for always meeting my crazy requests, you all will always have a friend in me (and if you get close enough, you’re getting kisses! ;)). 

So, with just over 50mi. (and a long run of 14mi but that will change today!), to say I love the Oso is a bit of an understatement. In those 50mi my Osos have experienced everything from greasy mud, large amounts of water, humid heat, sand, you name it! I ran with the local trail running hotshots two Saturdays ago on greasy mud. Having run similar conditions with the same group for almost all 300mi. in my Monos, and learning to control my slippage along the way, I prepared for the worst. With the Oso this would not the case. 

Just as I was questioning myself silently about why my traction was so good, I look up to see my buddy ski by in good trail shoes. As he glided to a stop he asked me how I held it together with the way I’d been slipping on past runs. I told him this was my new pair of Osos and I hadn’t noticed any slippage. In fact, I finished the day with zero loss of traction, top or bottom… Epic win! 

My Monos, in water, constantly need adjusting or removed during and after water crossings. When I hit my local trail into the park I came to a 1/4 to 1/2mi. section that had flooded. Deciding not to turn, and ready to adjust, I forged the crossing. To my delight, with the added Oso tech strap (crossing over the front of the ankle), I blazed right through and never had to re-adjust the straps, even with the water catching the foot paddles with every lift. This was epic win #2 of the day! You won’t notice the strap and may almost feel it ineffective (wear it with some play as to not cut circulation) but pay attention because the other times when you needed adjustments, odds are in your favor that now you won’t.

Having many gravel paths, lined with craptastic, large, horrible, pain inducing gravel (shoe or sandal), and having been constantly running on tenter footpads in the Monos, the Osos felt like a gift from God himself! As it turns out, it was a gift straight from those crazy Luna monkeys, but they are such a gift, I am still not convinced that God wasn’t still involved… ;) The Osos powered over a fresh base of the stuff and it was hard to decide if it was smooth under foot or not. Today I shall run almost 20mi on this gravel, my home loop, and today I am finally not dreading it.

In summary, I LOVE the Monos, am on my second pair, and will buy more… I’t’s just that the Oso is that much better for the trail. The improvements are calculated and serve a purpose. You will notice a slight bit more weight to the Oso because of the added rubber, giving a loss of some foam. Save them for the off road stuff and use the Monos (or of course the Venado) for the road for longer life with both models. Also, the “dots” holding the toe strap wear quick at first but now mine seem to have stabilized. It is not as recessed as on the Monos but similar to the Venado. For the record,I have not run in, or own Venados.  

Cole with his best friend, Chase.

If you are still reading my review you;

  1. Need to be out running, grab your Lunas and go!
  2. Must be really bored and need something to do, read the Luna blog, after that see #1.
  3. Were already Luna lovers and were sold before I said hello. What are you waiting for? Go order Osos, STAT!
  4. Are thinking about Lunas but have not made the leap, it’s time, you will never know if you remain without experience.
  5. Already know Lunas are not for you and now feel like I’ve waisted your time. If that’s the case, sorry, you are actually right. ;)

Now go make the most out of your day and move around outside for a few hours, you deserve it!