Following on from our blog on last years best Winter Vibrams, we thought it would make sense to do a refresh of that for this year, with an updated product range. We have found more and more people visiting that blog recently, as it gets colder and colder.
An Overview of the best winter Vibram FiveFingers
In case you don’t want to read the whole article, we’ve made it easy for you to pick out the best shoe depending on what activity you’re likely to use the shoes for most:
- The warmest: Trek Ascent Insulated
- Most water-resistant: Trek Ascent
- Best for mud obstacle events & racing: Spyridon MR
- Mild winter shoe / Good all-rounder: Trek Ascent
Lightweight and low profile whilst offering adequate grip, the Spyridon MR is a favourite for those seeking speed and stability both on and off road. The ‘MR’ stands for Mud Runner, and these were designed with events like Tough Mudder in mind.
- Best for: Mud obstacle events, winter racing (short-medium distance)
- Worst for: Very wet weather, extreme cold
Trek Ascent Insulated
THE BEST WINTER SHOE from Vibram FiveFingers in 2016: The Trek Ascent Insulated comes higher up the ankle so it keeps more than just your feet warm; your ankles are kept toasty too! Not only that, but the wool lining is outstandingly warm – a total godsend for winter!!
Please note: The insulated padding inside this shoe means it fits smaller / tigher than all other Vibram FiveFingers styles. We strongly recommend you opt for +1 size up than you normally would.
The MEGAGRIP sole on this insulated shoe also features Vibram’s patented ICETREK technology, offering incredible grip on ice, snow, and cold surfaces. The sole is thicker, offering protection from the cold ground, and also features aggressive grip for fantastic stability on and off-road.
- Best for: All winter use (running, trekking, casual, all terrain)
- Worst for: Very wet weather
Don’t Forget About Toe Socks
Add extra warmth to your precious feet by wearing toe socks under your Vibrams. Some of the thicker socks (such as Injinji’s NuWool OUTDOOR range) can add too much bulk. In most cases a ‘normal’ thickness sock is more than adequate. See our guide to the best toe socks for winter (which also includes tips on keeping your feet warm).