Comment from: Robert A [Visitor]
Robert A

Those are AWESOME! As a running I really appreciate Vibram's attempt to get the running market - both with these and with the Trek for trail runners. Words cannot describe how much I want the Bikilas, though.

One thing: I have to disagree with you about the ankle support (of course, I could be completely wrong!). It looks to me like the raised end gives the heel cup some Achilles tendon support...like many running shoes do currently (with a stiff insert underneath the fabric). That being said, that's based off of looks- there's no way to know what it would actually be like until one had it in-hand.

I'm extremely excited for these though - they look like they would make awesome racing shoes for both XC and track.

Also, I would be willing to bet these are extremely flexible - much more so than previous VFFs - as the tread is very segmented. I hope so.

Anyway - great find, however you managed to come across these ;D ! Thanks for posting this!!

07/29/09 @ 11:19
Comment from: Robert A [Visitor]
Robert A

Also, let me point out that the strap is not KSO-style, that is, it doesn't seem to have the improvised pulley that tightens around the Achilles like the KSO.

07/29/09 @ 18:14
Comment from: admin [Member]  

You might be right no the ankle. I was basing my comment based on the apparent thin-ness of the fabric beneath the protruding part.

And of course, you are correct on the difference to the KSO strap.

07/29/09 @ 18:19
Comment from: Damien Tougas [Visitor]  
Damien Tougas

This model might actually work better for tennis and racquetball. I wrecked a pair of classics playing racquetball and have never ventured to try my KSOs on the court, for fear of wrecking them too. If these are a little stronger in the uppers, then that might be just the ticket. I just hope that the soles aren't too padded... I like my FiveFingers having good ground feel.

07/29/09 @ 22:17
Comment from: FuncFash [Visitor]
FuncFash

Another great post. Just wanted to let you know I included your website in a roundup of Vibram Related information.

07/31/09 @ 01:11
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
Pat

Why do they use those awful colours for the women's Bikila? I want green/ grey, too!

07/31/09 @ 05:01
Comment from: greybeagle [Visitor]
greybeagle

totally agree. the color for the women's version is horrendous!

08/01/09 @ 16:15
Comment from: admin [Member]  

I kinda like the bold women's color!

Word is they're going to have numerous color combos for both men and women.

08/02/09 @ 09:50
Comment from: Neil [Visitor]
Neil

I agree that they look totally cool, but at the same time I have to ask myself a question, are they getting too crazy?

I mean, the only way I will consider a new line of Vibrams "better" is if they more closely mimick barefoot running. And if anything, the Bikila's look like they might even be a bit further from barefooting than KSO's, sprints, and classics.

08/21/09 @ 12:23
Comment from: Ravi [Visitor]  
Ravi

Great pics and thanks for leaving the comment on my blog! From the video I posted there...looks like these shoes should be out in February 2010. I can't wait.

You can see the interview where the prez of vibram talks about timing here:
http://www.sethigherstandards.com/new-vibram-fivefingers-model-for-running/

08/27/09 @ 02:16
Comment from: Yori [Visitor]  
Yori

The refelective meterial is to stop the top toe fabric (on top) from ripping when you "stub" your toe. I had my KSO's for less then 3 days and on my first run, I "stubbed" my big toe and it ripped a hole through the top fabric. Now I have to use Aqua Glue to fix it. I think the addition of this stub guard is just what is needed on ANY VFF that could be used for the outdoor use. Thank Birthday shoes for all of your advice and follow-up on one of the best items to be made for the human body.

09/22/09 @ 15:24
Comment from: Tara [Visitor]
Tara

I really hope the women's option comes in another color. I love the look on the Bikila, but man am I ever not a fan of the orange/pink combo. Orange on its own would be fantastic, but the combination is just not doing it for me.

10/01/09 @ 15:18
Comment from: Pauline [Visitor]  
Pauline

I'm on my second pair of womens KSO's. I can't wait to buy the new Bikila. However I really hope that the women's one is offered in a different color because I REALLY DISLIKE that pink/orange color. I like the men's color though. I'd like to see them use some yellow in their VFF's.

11/13/09 @ 23:52
Comment from: Angie Rhude [Visitor]
Angie Rhude

I just ran my first half marathon in Vibrams KSO. I loved it! I have had multiple injuries and recovering from a stress fracture to the heel in January and had to stop training for 6 weeks. I am running my 2nd half in Nasville on Sunday. They are awesome and I can't wait for the Bikila model to be available.

04/19/10 @ 13:02
Comment from: Adi [Visitor]  
Adi

Goodness me! I've was all excited for the women's Bikila's till I saw the colors! What *were* they thinking when they picked that horrific color combo of pink/orange?? I'll take the men's green/grey any day!

04/25/10 @ 14:06
Comment from: Dylan [Visitor]
Dylan

I do like the ground feel, but maybe a little additional padding will allow me to go past 8 miles no pain?

05/05/10 @ 05:28
Comment from: Olan [Visitor]
Olan

Maybe it is just me, but doesn't it seem like this model is pretty much a racing flat with toes? Seems like it will violate the idea of wearing 5 fingers to replicate being barefoot.

05/07/10 @ 12:35
Comment from: Jason [Visitor]
Jason

I just purchased a pair of Bikila's yesterday at City Sports...very comfortable. I thought I would have more trouble putting them on but this morning, it was easy. I hope that they prove to be durable.

05/23/10 @ 09:39
Comment from: Dan Lombardi [Visitor]  
Dan Lombardi

My brother and law and I just received our Bilika's... I ran a couple miles in them and so far I love them, but felt as if the right foot fit "differently" than the left. We both noticed our velcro straps are sewn incorrectly, and the shoes also have a few other minor flaws in the way they were sewn together. My sister's bikila's are fine...

So I took some pics of both pairs of shoes, can some of you current bikila owners take a peek at yours and see if you noticed the same thing? Basically, if you have the shoes on and strapped, take a look at the distance of the top of the shoe to the strap. Notice in the pics below, the left shoe has a small gap, the right foot has a huge gap.

Dan

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k190/TurboSN95/bikila/bikila003.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k190/TurboSN95/bikila/bikila002.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k190/TurboSN95/bikila/bikila001.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k190/TurboSN95/bikila/bikila004.jpg

05/29/10 @ 18:02
Comment from: leadpaintchips [Visitor]
leadpaintchips

Lets hope this is all the tinkering they do - I can foresee platform five fingers or stiletto ones at the rate they keep messing with them - Ive never had a problem with the ankle strap pinching my Achilles on my kso's although the more aggressive tread would be nice there have been a few times where my KSO have felt like racing slicks! I tell you what they can work on is finding a better a rubber that doesn't stink so bad - its quite embarrassing if you or others catch a whiff of them (and yes I wash them but it doesn't seem to help and NO I don't have swamp feet).

06/05/10 @ 15:21
Comment from: VL [Visitor]
VL

Been wearing KSO for almost two years but only use it at the gym. Tried out my new Bikila today for a 7 miles run. Boy my calves hurt but not as bad as I thought. Definitely better than KSO as the BoF is padded just right if you are trying to do Chi-Running as I am. Think it will take some time for me to get used to it.

06/13/10 @ 22:26
Comment from: Charlie Shen de Leon [Visitor]  
Charlie Shen de Leon

Short steps = happy steps

06/21/10 @ 14:44
Comment from: Brian Hatano [Visitor]  
Brian Hatano

Me, not a big fan of either of the color combinations... but I do love wearing mine(men's).
I'm learning to be a runner still and over did it on mountain trails when I got these shoes- I think I strained my achilles- could barely walk for about 2 weeks... Back in them now and planning to return to the trails soon (meanwhile strengthening my calves to help avoid injury this time round).
One thing I'd like to mention for anyone getting their first V5- although they may feel INCREDIBLY tight when putting them on at first, tight feels good as your foot and the shoes adjust to each other, and you become comfortable not being able to cross your toes inside your shoes : )

Thanks for all the great content here, Justin

08/19/10 @ 07:16
Comment from: HtownBarefoot [Visitor]  
HtownBarefoot

Just finished my first bikila run. After having worn traditionalrunning shoes I found the VFF's to be so much more fun and entertaining. I felt my run was actually quicker, although I neglected to take the gps with me. I can tell you I have very weak calf muscles due to the pain on the outside of them. After I stopped running and began my cooldown, I felt as if my legs were still running. I wanted to keep going. I didn't from the information I got from the various VFF blogs about transitioning gradually. I didn't heel strike at all until my legs felt as if they were about to fall off and then I just stopped all together. Two miles on my first VFF run and it felt awesome. Only minor calf pain.....tonight lol.

09/17/10 @ 02:20