Comment from: Roger Lerner [Visitor]  
Roger Lerner

What would you say is the best VFF trail shoe right now. I love the original bikla particularly for track work, and lifting, but it's too minimalist for trails and rocks. What would you suggest
Roger Lerner

01/29/14 @ 11:19
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]

I'm a fan of the older earthy or jewel colors, not these neon Post-It-Note colors. (I can see the logic in offering maybe one neon hi-vis running model.) Why do they keep adding PINK for 'girl' models?? What are we, Barbie doll mall tweens?? I have no neon pink clothes at all, not do my grown daughters.

But colors aside, I won't ever buy Vibrams with the lace-up top. Looks too much like SNEAKERS. I've had these stretch elastic laces on other shoes, and wind up fussing with them too much, trying to get them even, and they keep slowly slipping looser. Give me the strong reliable Velcro straps every time.

I own about 8 pairs of Vibrams (all velcro-strapped) which I LOOOVE, and I'll just have to stay with them until one day Vibram stops making neon/pink/lace-up sneakers.

01/29/14 @ 11:35
Comment from: admin [Member]  


In almost every case, laced Vibrams fit better to the unique feet of wearers relative to velcro -- this is because laces allow for a more custom "wrap" over the top of the foot. There are good reasons (functional) reasons why shoes use laces most of the time. Vibrams are shoes so it's not surprising that Vibram would use laces on them.

01/29/14 @ 11:41
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]

Thanks for the detailed testing of how the Bikila EVO functions. I still use the original Bikila for running on pavement. Both the Bikila LS and the original SeeYa seemed too likely to come off the heel on sharp turns during out-and-back or back-and-forth runs.

I do use the SeeYa LS as an all-around gym shoe, including cardio machines. But I don't like the stiff fabric that tears over my bunions rather than stretches.

One reason I prefer the original Bikila for running, (and the original, Velcro strap version of the Spyridon for trail running and hiking), is that the top fabric is sufficiently stretchy that I can wear a size that is the correct length. On models with limited fabric stretch, such as the SeeYa LS and the Speed, I have to size up to accommodate my wide forefeet.

Where is the new Bikila EVO in terms of relative stretchiness?
Does the added material on the top limit stretch, as it does on the Speed?

01/29/14 @ 12:59
Comment from: tim [Member]  

@Roger, I'd go with the Spyridon for trail running. A slightly thicker sole with considerably more tread. The TrekSport would be my second choice.

01/29/14 @ 13:09
Comment from: Nugget [Visitor]

I've got about 2200 miles on my main running shoes, a pair of Bikila LS that I bought a few years ago. The last thing I want or need is a stiffer or harder sole. Guess it's time to stock up on the old shoes while they're still available.

01/30/14 @ 03:16
Comment from: Roger Lerner [Visitor]
Roger Lerner

Thanks Tim.

01/30/14 @ 07:37
Comment from: A C C [Visitor]

That heel cup is way too low for me. Even the Bikila LS heel cup doesn't even reach my ankle so there's slack.

Also lateral grip is an issue? You mention that it is not suitable for side to side motion.

I don't see how this is a good addition to the lineup , the komodosport / KMD sport LS added comfort (insole) and lateral grip but the upper is pretty tight. A Bikila LS type upper on a kmd sport LS sole would be neat.

02/08/14 @ 18:10
Comment from: juha [Visitor]

So, Bikila Evo is bad for trail running because reviewer believes so, without actually testing it? There are many shoes that seem to be bad, until you actually test them.

02/12/14 @ 02:51
Comment from: the bullet [Visitor]
the bullet

so have they discontinued the original Bikila for good? I should have stocked up. :(

02/12/14 @ 16:01
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]

I just tried the Bikila Evo. The heel is indeed terrible. The shoe looks unbalanced with such a small heel. Any sideways force and my heel slides out of the shoe. But I also noticed this with the Bikila LS. My primary running shoe remains the original Bikila, which has a comfortably solid fit and conforms well to my feet. However, unless a cashe of the original Bikalas turns up somewhere, I'll probably end up getting these when my current pair of the original Bikila disintegrates. I can't readily wear other options for longer runs, such as the SeeYa LS, because the non-stretch fabric doesn't work with my wide feet.

02/16/14 @ 00:55
Comment from: Adam B [Visitor]
Adam B

Ordered my pair of Bikila EVO in Black, size M39 from Vibram.

I was glad I did not have to get them in Blue!

These feel lighter and seem substantially "less" shoe than the Bikila LS. They also fit much more snug than the LS. The upper material is substantially lighter & thinner than the LS model.

I did not have issues with the revised heel - it fit snug and tight and felt much more secure than the Bikila LS did. Keep in mind, I have very wide feet. In fact, I have less trouble with small rocks getting into this show, than with the LS. Perhaps this model is just sized a little less than the original Bikila. Regardless, I actually like the hell better.

The ride is certainly different. There is definitely cushion there and it is less jarring than my LS or EL-X models for sure.

I just hope durability will be good. Only time will tell. My only negative so far is the price.

02/21/14 @ 16:15
Comment from: JP [Visitor]

With the new vff out now what would you recommend for a triathlon or more specific a half ironman?

03/20/14 @ 13:18
Comment from: tim [Member]  

@JP - I'd say that SeeyaLS or Bikila EVO are probably your best bet. IF you want to go even more minimal then the EL-X could be a good option and you won't have to worry about messing with a lacing system in Transition 2.

03/27/14 @ 10:53
Comment from: Cristina [Visitor]  

I just picked these up today and I have to say I am in love with them! I am not a runner I do a lot of hiking, walking and jogging. I bought these because i do the walk for hunger in Boston which is a 20 mile walk. I was wearing the KMD sport which in loved as well. I tried the KMD sport ls and I did not like them at all. I tried on quite a few of the vibrams and these were the only ones that came the closest in my opinion to feeling like my KMD's. I feel they fit perfectly.. My feet are small though (36) I don't feel like my ankle will come either. I don't like the new lace up system I prefer the strap which I found odd that I loved the feel in these as much as I do! I am looking into a hiking one.. I actually hiked a mountain in my KMD sports with no problem but I don't believe I will try them in these. Thoughts on a good one? The staff were surprised that I did not like the KMD sport ls but it felt so different to me.
Thank you for all your reviews!

04/12/14 @ 18:59
Comment from: hilk [Visitor]

The fit is definitely not the same as in older models, at least in womens sizes. I have the original Bikila as well as KSO, and both fit significantly wider than the new Bikila EVO and KSO EVO. This is something to consider if you have wide feet. I do, and while I could put the Bikila EVOs on, they felt a bit too tigth and resticting at the forefoot, so I didn't buy them. Unfortunately.

05/15/14 @ 10:05