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.