Breaking News: Vibram Disc Golf announced it was going out of business on February 20, 2018. There will be one more run of multi-colored discs sold to a limited number of special stores like Marshall Street.
The story of Vibram is a story of two New England disc golfers, Aaron Ala and Steve Dodge. Ala worked for Vibram as a chemist, and Steve Dodge was looking for his next best thing.
Ala had convinced Vibram to dabble in disc golf with rubber teepads that never caught on. When Dodge was ready for his next best thing, after parting ways with Marshall Street and then creating his Prime Discs website, which was bought up by Disc Nation.
Dodge sold the idea of rubber frisbee golf discs to Vibram Management, and was promptly put in charge of the Vibram’s Disc Golf division.
The discs were beautiful. Most were multicolored from being made from different colored plastic trimmings. They covered the full weight range and developed a following. Its Ridge putter proved particularly popular.
The brand’s X-Link plastic came in Firm and Medium, and eventually Glow and (Medium) Granite, a speckled version.
In 2014 Vibram introduced its Four20, and overstable max distance driver. Shortly thereafter someone must have tattled to management what “420” means to popular culture, and the Four20 was renamed, rendering the original Four20 one of the hottest items among collectors.
Vibram lost some lift when Steve Dodge departed in 2015, and production switched from natural colorful swirls to solid-color discs. Future plans include a return to multi-colored discs in 2018, and we hope to see that.