Posted by: Steven Hammer | May 24, 2010

Vibram Fivefingers Bikila: First Impressions

After pestering my local Vibram dealer for a week or so, they had good news today: They received a few pairs of the new Vibram Fivefingers Bikilas. I left work to get there and make sure my size didn’t disappear.

Upon arrival home, I laced, er, velcro-ed up, leashed up Bruno, and set out for a test run. The fit is quite snug, yet very comfortable. The velcro strap allows a bit of control in terms of what part of the shoe tightens, which I figured out a few blocks into my run, as my heel (irritated after a poor sock selection in the Fargo Marathon on Saturday) was slipping a bit. After a little adjustment, however, they felt really great. And fast. The rubber is thicker than the KSO, apparently to provide more protection to runners on various surfaces. I thought it was a good balance of feel (I could make out the cracks in the bike path I ran upon) and protection (no discomfort from objects on the ground…then again I’m not sure I landed on anything notable).

So far, I’m buying the hype: running-shoe upper, Fivefingers feel and minimalist design. I’m anxious to work them into the rotation.

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