I have learned enough that most minimalist running shoes aren’t the warmest for the cold winter. Until I found the Vibram V-Trail, which is a continuation of the Vibram Spridon MR, and is made for cold, slippery, muddy weather.
The Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail certainly out-innovates most traditional trail running shoes, mainly because of the complimentary anatomical construction of the shoe, so your foot doesn’t suffer like it does in stiff cushioned traditional running shoes.
Vibram V-Trail Review For Forefoot Running
Minimalist running shoes are instrumental at helping runners avoid injuries, especially when trail running, because you are better able to evaluate your foot step position. If you don’t have a good proxy of ground-feel when trail running, you may be on the brink of an ankle sprain, if you are not careful. This is why you need a running shoe that helps your feet integrate sensory information, so you have better biomechanical control.
The Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail provides more sensory detail at the bottom of the foot as compared to traditional running shoes. The V-Trail’s outsole is 5-mm thin, which is thinner than Vibram KMD EVO.
In addition, the V-Trail has a built-in 2-mm thin EVA insole, so there is total of 7-mm of underfoot protection which provides lots of durable comfort for longer endurance runs.
The V-Trail is more cushy than the Vibram KSO and the Vibram KSO EVO and more cushy than the Sockwas, but not as cushy and rigid as the traditional trail running shoe. The lack of cushioning in the V-Trail is going to drive your foot strength by advancing muscle activation in the foot, helping your foot to function optimally and more efficiently than if you were to wear the traditional running shoe.
The greatest rock-protection in the Vibram V-Trails is under the forefoot, providing more durability to the area that tends to wear-out the most in minimalist shoes = the forefoot. The added materials gives you a vast amount of protection when running on stone littered trails.
The high degree of flexibility, adjustability, adaptability and the clutchy grip gives you a major competitive advantage for mud obstacle course races, such as the Spartan, Tough Mudders, as well!
Depending on the size, the Vibram V-Trail is light, weighing about 6.4 oz – 6.7 oz, which is the classic weight of a good minimalist running shoe.
The upper of the V-Trail is made out of a blend of polyester and spandex which is stretchable, so you do not need to grapple with the fitting if you have wide feet or a big bunion. Overall, the outsole and the upper is super flexible which provides an adaptive fit that collaborates well with your unique foot structure.
It is convincingly shown that when a runner can feel the ground, they make encouraging progress with their running mechanics in that they are more likely to land with a forefoot strike running style.
Forefoot running gives you more opportunities to perform well, and one the best things you can do to achieve this is running in barefoot-inspired running shoes, like the Vibram FiveFingers, especially if you don’t want to run barefoot. So, why ignore any solution that may work for improving your foot health and your running form? If you look at the scientific data, it is becoming more clear that when the feet can participate fully during walking and running, the faster they become stronger, and this is why I think the Vibram FiveFinger minimalist running shoes are more relevant than traditional footwear at creating a foot that is dynamic and strong.
I also did a video review of the Vibram V-Trail as well, if you want to check it out:
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.