Who should buy the Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek

The Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek is a revolutionary hiking shoe designed for barefoot hikers. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is suitable for both dry and wet surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers a cushiony and durable platform for the foot.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers a good amount of breathability and protection.

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Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek notable features

  • The V-Trek is powered by the Vibram Megagrip outsole technology that is suitable for both dry and wet surfaces. It features aggressive, wide-contact lugs for grip on slippery trails. Meanwhile, the polyurethane (PU) midsole offers a cushiony and durable platform for the foot.
  • Its upper is made of a blend of wool and synthetic fabric that offers a good amount of breathability and protection. It's moisture-wicking as well.

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Size and fit

The Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek men's and women's hikers are five-toed shoes constructed to fit like a "glove". Thus, each toe is snuggled in its own little pocket, creating a snug fit and enhancing ground feedback. Bearing a similar design to the V-Trail, this model features a higher shaft for ankle support and protection. The fabric upper is soft for a sock-like feel but the midsole is somehow thick. Like a typical hiking shoe, it features a lace-up closure so the wearer can further adjust the tightness whenever needed.

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Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek offers good traction on wet or  dry surfaces

This boot features a flexible outsole with 4mm lugs that offer good traction on varying surfaces - wet or dry. The sole is made of a durable rubber compound that is highly resistant to abrasion. Nonetheless, it is soft and pliable, which is a must-have for a minimalist shoe.

Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek outsole

Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek long-lasting cushioning

Sandwiched between the upper and the sole is the heavy-duty polyurethane foam. Compared with EVA, it's heavier but offers long-lasting cushioning. It is also more durable. PU is the same material used in other high-end performance footwear and rugged hiking boots. 

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Durable and protective home for the foot

The shoe upper is made of 50% wool and 50% synthetic fabric. Together, these materials create a durable and protective home for the foot without sacrificing comfort.

Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek upper

Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek's quick-dry features

The V-Trek isn't waterproof. However, the upper dries easily when wet. On cold days, it gets a little warm, thanks to the wool fabric.

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Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek's lacing system

This boot features a traditional lacing system for that casual, sporty look.

Vibram Fivefingers V-Trek lacing system

Nice to know

  • The Vibram Fivefingers is a minimalist shoe that was released in the market in 2005. It was originally targeted to yacht racers to deal with slippery decks without compromising the barefoot experience. -This innovative hiking footwear now comes in several models to accommodate the different needs of avid hikers.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 6.5oz / Women 4.9oz
Use: Day Hiking, Water hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Minimalist / Breathable
Width: Normal, Wide / Narrow, Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Vibram FiveFingers
Construction: Minimalist / Barefoot

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.