Facts

Terrain
Trail

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support
Neutral

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Use
Competition

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Minimalist
Price
$120
Weight
Men: 6.3oz
Women: 4.9oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers deeply valued the comfortable feel and fit of the Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent.
  • Some runners consider the Trek Ascent as a good value investment.
  • Runners appreciated the not-so-aggressive outsole as it allowed them to easily traverse both flat and rugged terrains.
  • Several runners used the shoe for other activities like hiking, gym sessions, and other off-road adventures.
  • A few expert reviewers noted that this shoe was efficient during long-distance running sessions.
  • A moderate number of users consider the looks as the sleekest and most sophisticated among all Vibram shoes.
  • The fabric dries in no time, based on the comments of a handful of reviewers.
  • The black color allowed a moderate number of runners to wear the shoe without getting strange looks from other people.
  • The traction given by the outsole unit received positive remarks for being efficient.
  • The lightweight and flexible form of this shoe generated great feedback from runners.
  • It’s easy to clean, remarked several consumers.
  • Some runners loved the Vibram Trek Ascent’s breathable upper.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A number of testers complained that the FiveFingers Trek Ascent had a tendency to stink.
  • A few runners observed that it did not have the same ground feedback as the other truly minimalist shoes.
  • A handful of people experienced some blistering because the cuff apparently rubbed against their skin.
  • There were reviewers who reported that it was a full size smaller than the regular measurements.
  • Some consumers noted that the upper fabrics and the thin sole unit broke apart after a few uses.

Bottom line

Vibram took a gamble by discontinuing their hugely popular Treksport and welcomed the FiveFingers Trek Ascent. Based on the feedbacks, generally, most runners were even more impressed by the new model because of its comfortable, versatile, and barefoot ride with just enough cushioning and protection for long distance runs. The shoe is designed for summer days as it is breathable and the traction is insane. It is easily one of the most sought-after shoes in Vibram’s list of toe shoes.


Rankings

Best rated Vibram FiveFingers running shoes:

Ratings

4 / 5 based on 72 ratings

5 star
54%
4 star
18%
3 star
8%
2 star
10%
1 star
8%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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72 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by Kalclash Fitness • Steve Kalclash • Level 2 expert

    Absolutely phenomenal. Performed fantastically. So enjoyable! Such a great experience.

  • 60 / 100 by Aaron Olson • Aaron Olson • Level 2 expert

    It's got a lot of grip and a lot of tread, but it doesn't really protect against rocks.

  • 98 / 100 by Andrew Welch • Lee Firman • Level 1 expert

    As soon as I saw the Trek Ascent, I knew it trumped its predecessor. The look, the grip, the fastening mechanism, the improved fabric…The Trek Ascent is THE BEST trail shoe in the FiveFingers range.

  • 80 / 100 by Shape • Shape • Level 1 expert

    The grippy 8mm thick sole powers you all over the terrain while allowing a good feel of the ground.

  • 78 / 100 by Josh Hassevoort • Josh Hassevoort • Level 1 expert

    Other than feeling the heat and sweating, I got no gripes. Very comfortable.

  • 10 / 100 by Beetrootbosher • Beetrootbosher • Level 1 expert

    I have received three pairs of size 43 Vibram Trek Ascent shoes and the stitching has been faulty on ALL three pairs. The same thing happened to all of them. My experience of the product has led me to the conclusion that they are badly designed and made. It just breaks my heart to experience this. This gets a zero out of ten!!!

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent

  • Vibram introduced the Trek Ascent with a 4mm Megagrip rubber outsole for exceptional traction and durability. The underfoot features multi-directional lugs for grip on different surfaces. With a 4mm thickness, it should be able to provide excellent ground feedback with enough protection against rocks and sharp objects.
  • A high cuff is also part of the feature in this shoe. The cuff serves as a barrier that prevents debris from getting inside the shoe.
  • In lieu of standard laces, Vibram utilizes speed laces for quick and effortless cinching. The laces stay as it is from the start of the run until the end.
  • The polyester and Spandex upper provide optimal form-fitting fit that is also quite breathable. It fits like a second skin.

Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent size and fit

Based on Vibram’s website, the Vibram Trek Ascent runs a size smaller compared to their other shoes. The overall fit is snug and really sticks to the foot. There is decent forefoot space before the toe slots accommodate each of the 5 toes for excellent comfort and toe splay. Runners who are familiar with Vibram’s will easily recognize the fit provided by this shoe.


Outsole

Vibram’s proprietary rubber compound, the Megagrip, ensures a grippy performance by the FiveFingers Trek Ascent on the trails. In addition to this very sticky compound, the entire outsole is covered with multi-directional lugs from the heel to the toes for traction and leverage. The whole 4mm rubber is exceedingly flexible and should aid the runner’s natural running movements with adequate protection against the rugged terrains.


Midsole

There is technically no midsole in the Trek Ascent. A 4mm EVA insole with Dri-Lex anti-microbial features handle a little of the cushioning and more underfoot protection. It has sufficient responsiveness and cushioning that will not impede the barefoot runner’s need for ground feedback.


Upper

The really minimalist upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent is made of Spandex and polyester for that snug, but breathable and comfortable fit. A speed lace allows for easy cinching and relatively personalized fit. The high cuff serves as protection against dirt, dust, and trail debris when running the trails.