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  • Terrain

    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 / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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

    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.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 6.4oz
    Women: 6.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | RUN Forefoot | | Level 3 expert

    This is why I think the Vibram running shoes are more relevant than traditional running shoes at creating a foot that is dynamic and strong.

  • 90 / 100 | Divine Zeal | Level 1 expert

    Overall I give two thumbs up for the Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail.

  • 88 / 100 | Run And Become | | Level 2 expert

    If you are thinking about trying FiveFingers, this model is one of the most stable and protective in the range, so it's a good first choice for beginners, before moving into models which are even more flexible and lighter.

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  • First look | Vibram FiveFingers

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  • The FiveFingers V-Trail is designed to give a balance between proprioception and protection on rugged surfaces. It is built specifically to promote a barefooted sensation while running. It’s also structured for forefoot strikers and those with neutral pronation.
  • The outsole makes use of the Megagrip compound, which aims to offer unparalleled grip and longevity on both wet and dry trails. Additionally, the 3D Cocoon technology delivers a balance of steadiness and flexibility for ground adaptation. It also aims to provide a sure-footed grip and protection from stones and debris.
  • The upper of this Vibram FiveFingers running footwear is made of polyester and spandex and is designed to envelop the foot to keep debris out.

While most runners will find that it fits true to size, others with a wide-volume foot may want to go a size up to accommodate their foot comfortably. As the V-Trail is a five-fingered shoe, the correct way to determine one’s size for this shoe is to measure the foot in inches from the heel to the tip of the toe. To wear the shoe, insert the foot beginning with the big toe and end with slipping the heel in place. Width profiles available are D-medium for men and B-medium for women.

Similar to a similar shoe, the Spyridon, the outsole of the V-Trail makes use of the Megagrip compound, but it now has a new sole pattern. It aims to deliver a level of traction that excels no matter the trail condition.

With a multidirectional lug design, the shoe intends to provide all-around traction, even on the most aggressive trails.

Featuring the Vibram 3D Cocoon technology, the outsole also employs a molded mesh that extends to the forefoot. This serves as a protection against rocks and other potentially damaging objects on the trail.

Technically, the V-Trail does not consist of a traditional midsole construction. It consists of a 2-mm EVA that acts as the insole for some cushioning and protection. It doesn’t hinder the wearer’s capacity to feel the ground. There is also an antimicrobial sock liner that aims to reduce odor and buildup of bacteria.

Made from polyester and Lycra, the upper is made to be stretchy and breathable at the same time. The material and structure of the upper encourage the natural movement of the foot. The Lycra is durable and elastic so it protects the structure of the shoe while encouraging natural flexibility.

There is a slightly padded heel cuff to support the heel while providing comfort, especially on uphill or downhill runs.

The shoe employs a quick-lace system for an easy wear and a snug fit around the arch.

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