Facts

  • 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
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many users thought the Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail was extremely comfortable and breathable.
  • One reviewer was amazed that the shoe provided a tight and secure grip on slick surfaces.
  • Several runners agreed that it felt great on the foot and it fit them comfortably well.
  • The shoe was durable enough and did not show any signs of wear even after many months of usage, according to a user.
  • It provided a subtle amount of cushioning that was just right for a five-fingered shoe, as stated by a reviewer.
  • One buyer mentioned the shoe helped relieve their pain from walking.
  • A majority of runners claimed there was adequate protection from the shoe against sharp rocks and roots.
  • A couple of runners said the shoe was comfortable enough to be worn without socks.
  • A reviewer said the V-Trail allowed them a more efficient running experience and has brought less strain on the knees compared to ordinary running shoes.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A number of users found that the colors of the shoe bled and stained their sock and foot.
  • The shoe needed quite a long time to break in, as observed by a couple of runners.
  • Some buyers said that the shoe felt tight and narrow.
  • The heel bed was narrow and the toe part caused abrasions, according to one user.
  • One reviewer pointed out that the shoe was not easy to put on or take off because of its unique foot-shaped design.

Bottom line

The V-Trail is a minimalist off-road shoe that is suitable for runners and racers who are relatively experienced in barefoot running. It is designed to handle rough trails, including slush and muck that is usually brought about by winter conditions. The structure of this shoe is made to withstand tough use by adventurous wearers.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | RUN Forefoot

    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

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

  • 88 / 100 | Run And Become

    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.

  • First look / Unboxing | RUN Forefoot

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail

  • 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 is made of polyester and spandex and is designed to envelop the foot to keep debris out.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.