Sorry Nimue, I don't have the XC. But I wanted to add, I ran yesterday and the toes become numb with cold early on, but they warm up after running continually for about 20 minutes. You won't lose a toe, is what I mean.
Hey guys, received my Bikilas Evo WP and tried them in rough conditions twice already so here are my observations:
- Look: they look extremely well made, sleek, seamless, the color is very attractive and the zipper all but disappears. The fabric is very thin and flexible, it feels like a light rain coat or a thick windbraker with thin fleece inside; the sole is rather thick but it's necessary to isolate from the cold.
- Fit: I wear W40 in most of my Vff's like the Bikila LS or Classics, but I am often between a W39 and a W40. The W40 for the WP is perfect for me even with thick merino Injinjis, although the toes are a bit snug width wise. There is a speed lace right under the zip and a velcro at the ankle, so they can be adjusted at will.
-Flex: they are extremely flexible on top, the sole less so, but then again they need to isolate you from the cold and they have pretty impressive lugs for traction. To me they are still better than the 3 mm VB Evo II I was using because the uppers are so much more flexible, and my toes are free. They are very lightweight.
-Warmth: uppers are not very warm so you NEED the socks. You also need the socks anyway because the waterproof material does not breathe at all, so your feet start sweating right away barefoot (and my feet never sweat normally). The soles protect well from the cold. So all in all quite comfortable with socks and when continually running. On my second run, some toes became lightly numb, but I had to walk instead of run a lot of the time because of the uninterrupted ice here in Montréal everywhere after an ice storm yesterday.
-Grip: on pure ice, as with any other shoes except metal spikes, no grip at all. On a mix of snow and ice, or on snow, very good traction from the soles and compounded by the fact that I can use my toes.
-Waterproofness: excellent. I ran though mud puddles, water puddles (enough to cover the shoe), slush, snow, they remained perfectly dry inside. They also remain very clean, nothing sticks.
-Overall: love them, they are the answer to my prayers, I can finally run in the winter without having to say goodbye to toe shoes for 4-5 months.
I just received an e-mail from Vibram, they said it's going to be available on their site on Dec.1st. And yes it'll be hard to wait until mid-december when my parents arrive , but I'll save money on shipping and customs .
It's for variety as far as I am concerned. I would find it way too boring to wear the same few pairs everyday. I also love all the lively colors of the Sprints and Classics, so I had to purchase all of them!
As of December this was my little pile. Too lazy to count them. Rimini LR, Grados and Carezza included. I guess I just needed the Nizza but I wasn't able to get a pair since they decided to not make it before they even let people see what they thought of it. But there again that's Vibram for us. Now I have double VFFs. And still buying more, about 6 or 7 pairs coming in the upcoming 2 weeks. I guess am sort of a freak? Well also my husbands birthday is at the end of the month. My oldest Son's Birthday the week after and 2 weeks later my second son, and 2 days after my birthday. So we all have birthdays in the lapse of 28 days and we are all Leo's and minimalist wearers and we always get each other new pairs for birthdays regardless of the so called "Birthday Present"😁 Idk. Whatever lol.
Great variety! Very colorful! I have a bunch of Classics and Sprints, but only a few other types. 21 pairs is all I need though, I am just waiting for a good waterproof option.