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WeightMen: 4.8ozWomen: 4.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
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WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
Vibram Fivefingers V-Run review after 600km
I started running a few years ago. Coincidentally, that was when the VFF series, especially good for daily training and high volume running on paved roads. They provide excellent breathability while being usable all year round if the winter is neither too cold and wet. I recommend these shoes for any minimalist runner or people who want to transition into minimalist running.
The price of this shoes was what made me give its overall score. I bought them for 140€, which is pretty pricey. You can get shoes that are cheaper per mile when it comes to their life value, however, the more minimal the shoe is the lesser life expectancy it has.
I can clearly see that Vibram is improving the shoe design from model to model and every time they get better and better, which I am happy to see. There is always some small improvement in grip, stitching, breathability and small things that make big difference.
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Level 2 expert (3-5 reviews)
Hi I'm Daniel! I am a trail runner and OCR racer who's been running in minimalist footwear since the beginning of my running journey. Currently, I am focusing on half marathon to 50k distances, running 80k+ (50mi) weekly.
3 reviews - average score 93/100
These things are just great!
Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)
1 review - average score 87/100
The only major difference is that the V-Run has a more durable outsole, and the midsole has slightly more padding.
Level 3 expert (6-14 reviews)
Although the new V-RUN name is less imaginable, the shoe itself is still worthy of a gold medal.
Overall, Vibram improved the Bikila EVO about 80%, but the importance of that last 20% will vary depending on your foot shape, toes, and heel.
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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers V-Run
- The Vibram FiveFingers V-Run features the Vibram Vi-Lite technology that is designed to deliver a lightweight yet responsive cushioning. It absorbs shock during landing and releases energy efficiently for a solid rebound.
- The shoe also features the brand’s XS RUN outsole compound that delivers maximum stable hardness on different surfaces. It also enhances ground contact for an improved running experience and it delivers an impressive grip on soft surfaces.
- It also features the Vibram Mont compound that is formulated to trekking, mountaineering and motorbike racing. It delivers highest reliability while running on different terrain at relatively low temperatures.
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run size and fit
When it comes to the sizing, the Vibram FiveFingers runs large. You need to purchase one size smaller than the actual running size. It has snug fit in the heel and midfoot. For an improve fitting, the shoe has a single-pull lace for the footwear closure.
The outsole of Vibram FiveFingers V-Run is made up of Vibram Run rubber. It also has Xs Run technology that delivers impressive grip on varied surfaces. It is also designed to deliver improved ground contact.
The midsole of Vibram FiveFingers V-Run is made of EVA material for excellent cushioning and durability. The Vi-Lite midsole technology delivers a lightweight cushioning. It absorbs shock efficiently and maximum energy release for a more powerful toe-off.
The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Run is made up of Polyester Lycra Stretch Mesh + Polyester Microfiber. It provides maximum breathability. It keeps foot well-ventilated, keeping it cool and dry all throughout the run.