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'''Kalenji''' is a sporting brand who became known in the [[free running]] and [[parkour]] communities for their ''Kalenji Success'' shoe, which was the shoe of choice among many free runners due to its cheap price and impressive grip.
 
'''Kalenji''' is a sporting brand who became known in the [[free running]] and [[parkour]] communities for their ''Kalenji Success'' shoe, which was the shoe of choice among many free runners due to its cheap price and impressive grip.
  
==Kalenji Success==
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{{ External image | http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/247/gdasset9494080.jpg | caption = The Kalenji Success running shoe }}
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The '''Kalenji Success''' was a shoe which became one of the most commonly worn shoes in the free running community by late 2008.  Available from Decathlon for £9.95 and with impressive and durable grip, they spread quickly and became the shoe of preference for many free runners.
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On April 10, 2009, [[Tim Shieff]] created a Facebook group to announce that Kalenji had stopped production of the Success and replaced it with a newer model with grip that quickly tore up<ref name="fb">[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71090459820 "Kalenji Crisis 2009"]. Facebook.com</ref>.  The situation was dubbed as the '''Kalenji Crisis''', and as word spread among the free running community, the group soon reached over a thousand members<ref name="fb"/>.
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Efforts to bring the shoe back included a photo petition, with several hundred photos sent in<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71090459820#/photo_search.php?oid=71090459820&view=all "Photos from Kalenji Crisis 2009"]. Facebook.com</ref>, and contacting Decathlon or Kalenji directly to complain.  The company confirmed that the design had indeed been updated, and the name changed to '''Kalenji Ekiden 50'''<ref name="3run1">[http://www.3run.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=234411#p234411 "3RUN Forums • View topic - Kalenji Crisis!"]. 3run.co.uk</ref>.  It was soon backed up by many people who tried the new model of shoe that the grip tore up much faster than the Success'<ref name="yt1">[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oohXflTDPrM "YouTube - Kalenji crises"]. Youtube.com</ref>.
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[[Scott Bass]] took the initiative to take the contact with the company further, and successfully got them to agree to produce a limited run of the shoe if there was enough interest<ref name="data">[http://www.3run.co.uk/forum/james/kalenji/ "Kalenji"]. 3run.co.uk</ref>.  He set up an online data collection form to gather information about the volume of interest<ref name="data"/>, and is still trying to create an agreement with them, but is having trouble due to bad organisation on Kalenji's side<ref>[http://www.3run.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=244216#p244216 "3RUN Forums • View topic - Kalenji Success"]. 3run.co.uk</ref>.
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Revision as of 20:45, 18 December 2010

Kalenji is a sporting brand who became known in the free running and parkour communities for their Kalenji Success shoe, which was the shoe of choice among many free runners due to its cheap price and impressive grip.

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