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Author Topic: Trek and Bikila Sole for Trails  (Read 857 times)
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« on: July 26, 2010, 08:22:25 AM »

I'm waiting for my Bikilas to come over from the US to the UK via a friend - my first pair of VFF!

I do a lot of running on roads and trails. From what I've heard the Bikilas will be good for the roads but what is the grip and feel like on the trails? Is the Bikila sole as good as the Treks, no where near as good, almost as good etc?

If those who have the Bikilas and the Treks believe the sole of the Trek is vastly better on the trails then I need to think about getting the Treks as well - or waiting for the Trek sports.

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 09:04:13 AM »

The Bikila is second only to the Trek on the trails. The pods on the Bikila sole do a good job of adding grip to the trail. I would say the Bikila is 85% - 90% as good as the Trek on the trails. I would rate the normal (KSO, Sprint, Classic) sole as 15% - 20% as good on the trail. In my opinion, the Bikila is a better all around choice than the Trek. However, it doesn't hurt to have the Treks around for the real tough stuff.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 09:05:58 AM »

Depends on what kind of trails we are talking about. I have both Bikilas and Treks.

The Bikilas are just fine on dry, packed dirt/pine/leaf trails without too much technical stuff or mud. Anywhere I could have worn a regular road shoe I can wear Bikilas. That can turn out to be a lot of places!


The Treks are great on more technical, rocky and rooty, gravelly, or muddy trails. And the leather adds more protection from jabs or tears while still being light. The tread is durable and a bit stiffer which can be good in those conditions and there is more bumper protection for my toes. Anywhere I would have worn my trail runners in the past, I wear my Treks. Though I find them too nice for swamps...I need Sport Treks for that! One day...
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2010, 09:11:27 AM »

Jeepman and RayKay - thanks for your comments - very helpful.

Most of the trails I run are not that technical so I may find the Bikilas fit the bill

Thanks again
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 12:01:56 AM »

What RK said, depends on the trail. I tried wearing my Biks on a short loop of trail here in Central Texas. I won't be doing it again. Too many sharp rocks. I even had a bit of a weed stuck in the foamy arch area. Plus, being so low-cut, they let in a lot of dirt. I will keep my Biks on asphalt and reserve off-road to the Treks.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 03:11:59 AM »

even though your trails may not be technical but you may come to find that extra grip useful in some situations and if the heat issues of leatehr rise just wait for the sport treks which will be super breathable
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