I have KSO, Bikila, and TrekSport models. It is really hard to find a one VFF fits all conditions. It will depend somewhat on what kind of trail you mean. On pavement, I prefer the KSO, because it has the least padding, and I use VFF's because I want to maintain good technique. The Bikila has a touch more padding; Enough that I tend to start pounding the pavement again. That is, it's nice to use on pavement, but doesn't match my training goal.
KSO are also okay on dry, consistent trail, such as you find in municipal parks. However, once you get on wet trail you'll appreciate the tread on the Bikila. It is also nice to have the extra padding on trail that has small, loose and unavoidable stones. For muddy trail, Treksport, but that doesn't sound like what you're after, if most of your running is pavement.
Bottom line: For mostly pavement, with occasional forays onto city park trails, or a trail walk on a sunny day - KSO. If you're going to be on damp trail, and more into the wild, I'd go with Bikila.
BTW - The Komodo is very similar to Bikila and seems to be getting better durability reviews.
BTW - Regarding treadwear, for KSO, I've found that smoothing a layer of Shoe Goo on the high wear points of the sole can add significantly to the shoe life.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
- Victoria BC
Keep in mind that if you are going from a traditional running shoe with a lot of support and cushioning, you need to allow a LOT of time for your feet to develop the muscle strength to run in the fivefingers shoes. They are meant to feel like running barefoot, and your feet will need time to adjust to that, so please use caution when making the switch. Consider keeping a pair of running shoes with more support for longer pavement runs.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
I have the Bikila, Trek Sport and KSO. All work very well for running, basically the identical feel. The Trek Sport however is best for trail. The Bikila is likely the best for long term wear. My KSO's which have a softer rubber compound wore through the toes in 6 months of running on the road.
From Vibram's FiveFingers product line. the Bikila and Bikila LS (quick lace system) are designed specifically for running. Unfortunately, MEC does not carry this model and the closest we could have would be the FiveFingers Komodo Sport, TrekSport and Merrell Trail Glove Shoes
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
- MEC Service Centre