Comment from: Kenneth E Gillette [Visitor]
Kenneth E Gillette

Hi, I just ordered some off amazon for less than 100.
Depends on your size
http://www.amazon.com/Vibram-V-Run-Running-Black-Yellow/dp/B0114CHQRM?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

04/27/16 @ 13:21
Comment from: Regan [Visitor]  
Regan

Great review. I totally agree about the heel and fit. I have 21 pairs of VFF's all in the same size and the V-Runs absolutely don't fit me. I ordered my normal size and they were way too long and loose. I ordered a size down and they weren't wide enough. So, though I think the grey V-Runs may be my favorite design of all, I had to send them back. It's unfortunate.

04/27/16 @ 13:29
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]  
Ted_S

Jarvis -- Is the upper more stretchy than on the Bikila Evo? I've found that the VFF models of the last two or three years not only have narrower soles than former models such as the Bikila or Speed, but they also have uppers with very little stretch. I can size up and get something that initially seems to fit but after a short period becomes painful.
I do most of my running in the original Bikila or Bikila LS as these are much more comfortable.
If the upper on the V-Run stretches, then I might be able to wear it. I've done reasonably well with the Trek Ascent LR once the leather stretches, even though the sole is much narrower than that of the KSO Trek or other models with the Trek sole.

05/02/16 @ 22:53
Comment from: [Member]

Ted,

I would say that the upper is slightly more stretchy than the Bikila EVO original, which were pretty stiff. There are sections that stretch, of course, but the actual fabric itself did not stretch much.

I would say that the V-Run is perfect for your needs if the original EVO was just a bit off in the stretch department.

05/04/16 @ 11:04
Comment from: David [Visitor]  
David

I tried these on in the store and found my usual 45 was too big, so I tried a 44. When I did a simple walk around the store with either size, it felt like the heel was slipping down to a certain point. Is this what you were talking about saying it feels like it is coming off? I'm looking to get a pair of these for sidewalk and road running to use instead of my TrekSports, would be a shame if these won't work.

05/18/16 @ 13:24
Comment from: Wesley [Visitor]
Wesley

Jarvis, I always enjoy reading your articles about VFF's. I recently ordered a pair of the V-Run shoes thinking they might be even better than my all time favorite KSO-EVo's for highway running. I followed the advice on the Vibram website and ordered one size smaller than normal. By the way, I have normal-to narrow width feet. The first time I ran in them it was cold enough here to wear socks with them. While running on the highway, I noticed that something about the shoes felt totally different than my other VFF's - it felt like I had a very hard piece of plastic on the bottoms of my feet - no cushioning at all, just a sense of running on hard plastic. (I don't need cushioning, but hate that hard plastic feel). The next time I ran in them it was warmer, so I didn't wear socks. This made running in the shoes much more enjoyable, however, my left foot was sliding around just enough in the shoe, that it caused a very bad blister on the outside edge and bottom of my left foot (midpoint of shoe where the seem is at). I had to go back to wearing socks with them and this solved that problem, but it defeats the purpose of having holes in the shoes to breath. I don't know if I'll ever get used to the feeling of running on hard plastic bottoms, but I will continue to use them, but my favorite shoes by far is still the KSO Evo's - the King of VFF's!

05/20/16 @ 09:36
Comment from: [Member]

Wesley,

I agree. The KSO EVO is still their best shoe to date; especially after all of these years.

I took them for an 18-mile run over the weekend and they are fantastic.

I would argue that their dexterity and speed outshine any huarache or other barefoot shoe.

I would say keep giving the V-Run a try and decide whether you want to return them.

I don't want that blister to get worse!

The V-Run definitely has a tougher and less forgiving sole than most Vibram models, which is odd since it is their road shoe.

-Jarvis

05/20/16 @ 14:04
Comment from: Colin [Visitor]
Colin

Are you finding these to be very fast wearing?

I barely have 80k on them according to my Garmin and they forefoot pads are almost entirely worn down.

08/14/16 @ 20:44
Comment from: Zach [Visitor]  
Zach

Hi all Vibram users! I have a question.

Up till now, I have owned 3 Vibram FF. The current one now is the Spyridon LS.

And all the Vibram I have do not last for more than a year. Hope someone can enlighten me on this, I really really love the style of running with the Vibrams, no other shoes can give me that same feeling but I'm upset with the quality. In the first place, a Vibram does not come cheap and to make it not durable makes it worse.

Does this happen to most of you too? Or it's just me. I do get my Vibrams from a official shop, I doubt it's not authentic.

Ugh, Frustrated Vibram lover here.

09/06/16 @ 21:06
Comment from: [Member]

Zach,

Your milage may vary, but my original Bikila LS lasted over 500 miles before I had to shoe goo them for an addition 100 or so.

It depends on a number of factors, including your running form and the materials used. I have noticed that some models are more durable than others. Overall, it seems the newer models are a bit more durable than the older ones, but not always.

The V-Runs seem to be on the more durable side--for road running anyways.

-Jarvis

09/08/16 @ 07:39
Comment from: Fivers Luxembourg [Visitor]  
Fivers Luxembourg

Great review.

Just one more thing.

I love the Bikila Evo as one of the best running shoe and mainly the best watersports and goonsummerholiday shoe (Maori and Signa are very specific). I sold a lot for running and: kayaking, stand up paddling, kite surfing etc... specially for new customers who want to have one first pair that would do different jobs. This is now over with the new Bikila V-Run because there are holes. One single run or walk on the beach leaves you with your shoes full of sand.

I think there's litte improvement the holes bring for breathability compared to the nearly perfect summer beach shoe.

Besides as a seller I possess all modells and I am a Five Fingers only wearer.

09/11/16 @ 03:26
Comment from: [Member]

Fivers,

That is a good point!

I personally think that the holes help a bit, but it would not be worth it if you were getting lots of sand in the shoe.

I wouldn't really use the V-Run on the beach though. That's barefoot territory for me!

Thanks for adding!

09/11/16 @ 08:04
Comment from: Arion [Visitor]
Arion

Hi Folks,

I saw above someone wrote his FiveFinger shoes last only one year and Jarvis also wrote he got 500 miles before treating them with shoe goo. I believe this depends on the running form used by someeon, but as a positive example here I am. I have been using my Bikila Evo since September 2014 for running on asphalt. Yesterday, just reached 2501 km/1554 mi in them so I am quite happy! I would not tell that the sole it's still strong, better say it needs some shoe goo now...but the inner sides of toe pockets have multiple holes as well due to friction. Now, it's time to get a new pair I think.

I hope this helps, keep running!

09/13/16 @ 03:49
Comment from: [Member]

Arion,

Your form must be pretty darn awesome!

The idea of running form and the life of your shoes is well documented. Running with lots of friction and "trudging" through your motions will eat away at any soling substance, while being slick and smooth with your motions will greatly extend the life of your shoes.

We must be like a sail, take the path of least resistance and use what you have (gravity and momentum) to smoothly roll through your runs.

-Jarvis

09/13/16 @ 08:14

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