Comment from: Raj [Visitor]  
Raj

It's almost as if Vibram invaded my thoughts when coming up with the idea for these shoes. I've been running in Vibrams for a few years now (Sprint, Bikila, and now Bikila LS) and love it. When I get to the longer distances (for me), I start to have issues. Anything above 10 miles results in the pads of my feet just getting sore. I guess I'm not running lightly enough, but even something little like this could add up over all those steps.

I look forward to trying these out.

08/13/13 @ 18:00
Comment from: Jarvis [Visitor]
Jarvis

In my opinion, the Bikila LS was already a near-perfect road shoe for long distances, made even better after getting about 500 miles or so on them.

I am VERY happy that Vibram stuck with the lace system (LS) of the Bikila and Spyridon. I was very disappointed with the traditional laces of the Seeya LS. The ease slipping on the Bikila and the set-it-and-forget-it bungee laces is a huge plus over velcro and traditional laces (maybe I just never learned to tie them properly :P).

I am also really happy to see that the EVO is LIGHTER than the Bikila by almost an entire ounce. This would place it (weight-wise) right between the Bikila and Seeya (and the EL-X).

What I would love to see is a EL-X with a wider sole--similar to a Bikila-width sole for those of us with low arches and wide feet.

Overall, I am happy to see that Vibram is still churning out new products, but I wish that they would focus on improving issues with the old models and ramp up their marketing campaign.

The EVO certainly looks modern (dare I say, attractive even) and while I am happy to see more models that might introduce new buyers into the vibram environment, the KMD and Bikila already play this role. Heck, if anyone needed more cushioning for road running, they could just pick up the trail-ready Spyridons.

Justin,
I was intrigued when you mentioned "KSO EVO" and found this video on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqT9TlhbsjU

any comments? Is it just an EL-X? Another model appears to be shown in the video. Is that a Bikila EVO?

08/13/13 @ 18:21
Comment from: Garrett [Visitor]
Garrett

That is a very bright orange...lol Blinding haha. I like the sole but the color schemes are very out there.

08/13/13 @ 19:55
Comment from: Mathew [Visitor]
Mathew

Damn, keep it up Vibram!

08/13/13 @ 21:18
Comment from: Cody R. [Visitor]
Cody R.

i still expect things like these, just a updated model of the bikila, just a bit thicker...

but speaking of the kso evo..holy crap those look amazing

08/13/13 @ 22:32
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]  
Richard

Wow, those colours could wake the dead! Maybe should try sticking them on a zombie and see how they run...

I do like the way Vibram is pushing the sole's design forward. A thin flexible sole with studs for pressure areas seems like a really good idea to me.

I own a pair of Bikila's, and I feel that they are excellent for running. My EL-X's on the other hand are too thin-soled for my liking. I once walked around Barcelona for five days, and they weren't really comfortable.

Still, it's good to see Vibram developing their concept into several directions, I just wish they would make a nice all-leather shoe again...

08/14/13 @ 03:37
Comment from: dirk v [Visitor]
dirk v

I can understand Vibram wants to offer toeshoes to a large public, some people opting for 'as barefoot as possible', others needing some cushioning.
Still I'm afraid I'm one of those 'hardliners or naysayers'. In the beginning we had Classic, Sprint and KSO, with 3,5mm of rubber, no EVA. Soon after that, Vibram regrettably added 2mm insole to the KSO. Then came the Bikila platform which was thicker but still acceptable. Then we got the Trek sole, which has regrettably been put under practically every new model that has seen the light since its inception. Did you know Vibram had a water-resistant prototype made of the KSO? Where is it?! Aaargh!!! Did you know the kid's Speed (love that look) was built on a KSO platform? Did you know the EL-X might be ok and supple, but still is 4,7mm instead of 3,5mm thick?
The Bikila platform will be history soon, meaning the great laced 'Speed' look will ONLY be available on a Trekplatform.
So no, I'm not getting as excited anymore as before, even though I admit I like to wear Treks sometimes, and I might have been a bit grumpy in this comment... NAY! ;)

08/14/13 @ 06:36
Comment from: Josef [Visitor]
Josef

What about presenting all fall 2013 and spring 2014 shoes from Vibram into one post? I love to see those single-shoe posts, but an overview (like the new kid's version of the El-X LS) would be cool too...

08/14/13 @ 07:24
Comment from: Emmanuel Santiago [Visitor]  
Emmanuel Santiago

Vibram joined the dark side.... Help me Obi One Kenobi, you're my only hope!

08/14/13 @ 08:57
Comment from: Christian Messerschmidt [Visitor]  
Christian Messerschmidt

best of both worlds, eat this, Topoathletic, an amazing shoe it will be, I am confident, only issue is the durability of those rubber pods...

08/14/13 @ 08:59
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Josef,

Having done these types of releases for the last four years or so, I'm going to simply create a post for each new model and then update it over time with a review -- this should help reduce redundant posts and improve user experience. If nothing else, it'll help keep me sane :)

08/14/13 @ 09:13
Comment from: Juha [Visitor]
Juha

@Jarvis, I don't think bikila ls is going anywhere. Bikila evo is just different approach to protecting foot from stones. While original bikila has stiffer plating material to protet from stones, bikila evo seems to have thicker amount of soft material to protect from stones and no stiff plating? Anyways, to compare stack heights of different kind of sole materials, I would halve stack height amount of softer materials like eva to make it more comparable. So it probably feels like 6mm eva/2 + 2,5mm of rubber = 5,5 mm rubber shoe. Bikila ls has 4mm of rubber amd 3 mm of PU, which makes it with this system also like 5,5mm of rubber, so they should roughly have the same amount of ground feel. Or protection.

About laces, AFAIK, none of the LS versions has "bungee" (if that means elastic) laces. And you can find lacelocks sold separately, it's very easy to add such to any shoe. I add one to almost every shoe I get. Though, I have so far resisted temptation to add one to vivo ra.

IMO, best part of VFF LS models is that you can loosen front part of shoe by relacing the shoes so that there's no lace going through one or too pairs of eyelets at the front. I did that to my bikila ls and komodosport ls when suddenly they started to feel narrow. Just don't cut off the velcro pad, but from the middle of the lace...

08/14/13 @ 13:51
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Jarvis,

Though I'm sure you'll still be able to find them on the net for some time to come, the Bikila and Bikila LS don't make an appearance in the Spring 2014 catalog.

08/14/13 @ 14:29
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]
Ted_S

Love the black with magenta and yellow highlights.

The extra cushion might be especially nice in the heel, though from my experience with my first pair of Bikilas I know that any contact of the heel with pavement quickly wears away the thin rubber sole.

08/14/13 @ 20:02
Comment from: Gene [Visitor]  
Gene

I really like everything I'm seeing about the Bikila EVO. I've been running Bikilas for the past two years and started having minor issues this summer in my right Achilles with anything farther than short runs. I've had a good hunch about what modifications I needed and THIS is exactly what I was thinking. I've always loved my VFFs (KSO, KSOTrek, Bikila, KMD, Signa), but this is the first time I felt that Vibram was paying attention to the customer's specific needs. Next I'm hoping they finally make the "mens" colorways available in "womens" sizes. Hey, do we know which Bikila EVO colorways are mens vs womens? Can't wait to hear more about the KSOEvo!

Justin, why is the site calling me a visitor and not a member? Been a member for a while now.

08/15/13 @ 20:29
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Gene,

You're a member of the forums but not the blog -- they are two separate content management systems/databases/backends.

08/16/13 @ 09:42
Comment from: Fred [Visitor]  
Fred

I'm of the opinion that if it's not zero drop and under 8mm stack height (insole not included) it isn't a minimalist shoe it's a transition shoe!
It annoyes me to no end when VFF KSO and nike frees are both called minimalist shoes when they are world's apart! I for one would like people to come together and make an official definition for minimalist and transition shoes.

Here is my definition:
Minimalist/barefoot shoe
-8mm max stack height (removable insole not included)
-zero drop
-wide toebox or toe pocket shoe
-flexible sole
-no arch support
-very little or no cushion
-high proprioception

Everything outside that is a transition shoe or a normal shoe.
e.g.Thus a 4mm drop 5mm stack height shoe would be considered a transition shoe.

I personally don't believe in transition shoes except for certain activities such as cold winter temperatures or mtbiking. Transitioning slowly to minimalist shoes with alot of barefoot walking is better than wasting time and money on a 4mm drop shoe.

As such this Bikila Evo would be a minimalist shoe IF it has a removable insole.

08/19/13 @ 05:07
Comment from: Humidity Runner [Visitor]
Humidity Runner

Best part of the new Bikila EVO has not been commented on here. It is lined with Xstatic, a silver based material that is highly anti microbial. No stink.

Other companies have used Xstatic in apparel, it works really well.

09/05/13 @ 09:52
Comment from: Gene [Visitor]
Gene

Does anyone (Justin?) know which colorways of Bikila EVO are mens and which are womens?

09/06/13 @ 23:55
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Gene,

Basically any of the ones with pink are the women's versions.

09/10/13 @ 12:53
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]
Ryan

Wow, those colors are... intense.
I like the design, but those garish colors will probably keep me away.

10/23/13 @ 04:08
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Brian

As a fan of the Bikila's and a runner who would like to increase my distance to a 50 miler trail race. I think the new EVO's would be a good shoe to wear during those races. You still get the feel/ toe action with a tiny bit of cushion and I don't need to look at other shoes like Altra's.

11/20/13 @ 04:59
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]  
Joe

Ouch! The redesign looks great but those colors might turn me back to the previous model. Desperately need a new pair and was holding out for the release....guess I'lI pick up a pair of the old gray/black for $60 now. Although, I understand the bright colors are trendy. Would like to see some "light" gray/blue, gray/green or earth tones!

01/14/14 @ 19:06