Vibram FiveFingers Bikila

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   1

Reviews

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A running oriented Five Finger. These shoes are meant…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85

Summary

A running oriented Five Finger. These shoes are meant for pavement, tracks, sidewalks, etc.

Pros

  • good ground feel
  • flexible sole despite thickness
  • sock liner

Cons

  • foam under the foot arch
  • more support

If any other pair of VFF fits your feet these will as well. Very comfy out of the box, the sock liner feels nice and soft.

I feel that there is more support, which for a minimalist shoe is a bad thing. These have better construction than the previous review claimed (in my opinion). These are by no means a trail shoe, these are designed for pavement and tracks, not trails, sticks and woods.

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I bought these for trail running, not very rugged…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $100

I bought these for trail running, not very rugged trails, and they started to fall apart with less than 100 miles on them. The soles were fine, the top was fine, the little clear toe guard was fine, but the fabric BETWEEN the toes was not.

I thought I had a rock stuck between my toes one run and lo and behold, it was the rubber sole rubbing the inside of my toe, the fabric was GONE. Turns out I had holes in between all but one of my toes. The insole, the stiffer inside part of the shoe extended beyond the outsole, so it was pressing and rubbing the fabric away.

Since I wasn't doing a lot of miles at that time, they were out of warranty. Vibram would not help me with what appeared to be a defect in the shoe, but luckily the store I bought them at stood behind the shoe and replaced them with the KSO Treks.

Too bad they are falling apart in the same manner.

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Vibram FiveFingers Mens Bikila - Closeout - Unlike any other running shoe on the market. A breakthrough in running shoe design, Bikila(R) is our first model designed specifically to promote a more natural, healthier and more efficient forefoot strike. While many folks have been running in their Vibram FiveFingers(R) for years, the Bikila(R) is our first model created exclusively for a more natural running experience. Built on an entirely new platform, the Bikila(R) features a Dri-Lex(R) covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball of the foot) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating for underfoot protection. It also distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot-strike running form. To finish off this breakthrough design, the upper has a more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook-and-loop closure, 3M(TM) reflective surfaces and tear-resistant TPU toe protection. Popular uses for the Bikila Fitness Running Materials: UPPER - Stretch Polyaminde with TPU toe caps for protection SOLE - Anatomical Pods TC-1 Rubber FOOTBED - 3mm Polyurethane with Dri-Lex Sockliner Machine washable. Air dry. Weight: Men's size 42 - 6.0oz. each, 12.0oz./pair

- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version

Built on an entirely new platform, the BikilaAE features a Dri-LexAE covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball of the foot) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating for underfoot protection. It also distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot-strike running form. To finish off this breakthrough design, the upper has a more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook-and-loop closure, 3Mo reflective surfaces and tear-resistant TPU toe protection. Popular Uses For The Bikila LS: FitnessRunning Specifications: Materials: Upper - Stretch Polyaminde with TPU toe caps for protectionSole - Anatomical Pods TC-1 RubberFootbed - 3mm Polyurethane with Dri-Lex Sockliner Machine Washable. Air dry. Weight: Men's Size 42 - 6.0 oz each, 12.0 oz/pair

- River Sports Outfitters refers to the men's version

Description Of Vibram 5 Fingers Bikila ShoeUnlike any running shoe on the market today, the Bikila is a breakthrough product that encourages a more natural, healthier, and more efficient forefoot strike. While many folks have been running in their Vibram FiveFingers for years, the Bikila is Vibrams first model designed specifically for a more natural running experience.FeaturesUPPER - Stretch Polyamide with TPU toe caps for protectionSOLE - Anatomical Pods TC-1 RubberFOOTBED- 3mm Polyurethane with Dri-Lex SocklinerMachine washable, air dry

- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version

A wolf in sheep's clothing, the Smith Lockwood hides true performance features like Megol nose and temple pads under a design that is obviously lifestyle inspired.

- RockCreek refers to the men's version

Unlike any running shoe on the market today, the Bikila is a breakthrough product that encourages a more natural, healthier, and more efficient forefoot strike. While many folks have been running in their Vibram FiveFingers for years, the Bikila is our first model designed specifically for a more natural running experience.Built on an entirely new platform, the Bikila features a Dri-Lex covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating protection, and distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot strike running form. A more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook and loop closure, 3M reflective surfaces, and tear resistant TPU toe protection finish off this breakthrough design.

- Ramsey Outdoor refers to the men's version