Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners favored the lightweight construction of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon.
  • Some were impressed by the traction of the Spyridon because of the Vibram MegaGrip technology in the sole.
  • The shoe is flexible, but protective at the same time based on some reviews.
  • Some runners noticed the perfect combination of stability and flexibility in this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Spyridon is slightly expensive.
  • The Spyridon is not breathable and keeps the foot warm, according to some reviews.
  • Size runs small.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon is designed for off-road running. It has impressive grip that helps runners on wet and dry surfaces. The lightweight construction of the shoe makes it ideal for trail running, trekking and competition.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Sweet Natural Living | Level 1 expert

    The reason why I bought these is I need more protection from larger rocks, and this did the trick!

  • 82 / 100 | Caveman Clarke | | Level 1 expert

    I personally find the fit of the Spyridon to be much, much more comfortable than the Spyridon LS's fit.

  • 93 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes | | Level 4 expert

    The Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon is recommended for barefoot running and light trekking by Vibram.

  • 94 / 100 | GearJunkie | | Level 3 expert

    You can sense every root and pointy rock you step on. Depending on your perspective, this may or may not be a good thing. (I happen to like it, as I feel more in touch with the hike and can walk or run more naturally.)

  • 83 / 100 | Wear Tested | | Level 3 expert

    I was worried that the visible stitching might cause hot spots as I always run sockless. But that never happened fortunately!

  • 78 / 100 | Feetus Born To Run | Level 3 expert

    The performance in wetter, muddier conditions diminishes somewhat. I found the Spyridons to lack adequate grip to cope with the demands of technical trails in wet mud.

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  • The Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon features an improved outsole unit. It features the 3.5mm thick Vibram outsole that delivers right amount traction and protection on varied surfaces. It is also durable enough to survive a rugged barefoot running. The directional thread lugs are aggressive enough to give a powerful push-off and braking capacity in the heel area.
  • This off-road running shoe also features the molded nylon mesh layer that delivers cushioning and extra protection without affecting the overall ground contact.
  • This shoe also comes with Coconut Active Carbon that is designed for breathability and odor control. This shoe is also flexible that it can be twisted without breaking.

When it comes to sizing, the Syridon is in standard running shoe length. The heel and forefoot areas have a narrow fit while the midfoot has a medium width. This shoe can only give a perfect to several people since it has a tight fit.


The outsole of the Spyridon features the 3.5mm Vibram sole that is low profile but gives necessary protection and efficient barefoot feel. The aggressive tread is specifically designed for trail runners. It delivers great grip for rugged terrains and on soft and muddy surfaces.


The Spyridon features the molded Nylon mesh in the midsole that provides a minimalist platform for maximum barefoot experience. Yet, it does not sacrifice protection. It protects the foot against impact trail debris while absorbing impact during landing.


The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon features the stretchable material that also delivers lightweight and breathable coverage. It is flexible enough to deliver an adaptive fit for a more comfortable ride. It also features the hook and loop system that is easy to adjust while giving a snug and more secure fit.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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