Vibram Five Fingers Trek Ascent Insulated Walking Men's Shoes

So let’s start from the positive side. Although most Vibram five fingers men’s shoes give you the impression of wrapping perfectly around your feet, this version does the best job so far. Wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers is very different from wearing conventional footwear. The toes are separated – just like on our feet! Because of these features, every step taken in FiveFingers is an experience in texture, ground feedback, and awareness that can keep us better connected to our environment.

Apart from the comfort, they are very light which you don’t really expect from most shoes. One shoe in size 43 European weighs around 220 grams, while size 39 will drop down to 175 grams. And you can barely feel the weight on your feet due to them being a bit thicker both in the sole and in the upper material.

Some of you may doubt if they are equally flexible as the other models. right? Well, naturally they are just slightly less but it’s a truly insignificant difference. The thin, flexible, and deconstructed sole allows the foot to curl and flex.  And you can feel your foot moving naturally against the ground just as well as in the other models. and personally, I even prefer the slightly thicker sole for a bit more protection and caution.

Another amazing feature is the grip that the Vibram five fingers men’s shoes provide. Been wearing them multiple times in rocky uneven terrain, and not once did I have a problem of slipping, even on a slightly wet surface. They guarantee solid confidence that they will make an excellent running or trekking shoe, for those who prefer more challenging.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about the design and the overall look. if you already overcome the barrier of five separate toes, which I know might be a huge issue for some people. Then you are up for a treat. Because in my opinion, Vibram five fingers men’s shoes look like a really cool trekking shoe. There are two color versions  – black and brown. And in case of women’s models, there are some purple at them, including the shoelaces.

Finally, let’s move back to the reasons why Vibram five fingers shouldn’t be treated as winter shoes.

First, they are not warm enough. although the inside of the shoe has been lined with wood, the thickness of the player isn’t provided enough insulation. In my opinion, I’m not able to say objectively what is the limit of temperature, as we all experience it differently. But in my case, I was able to comfortably use them while outdoors. there was between 0 and minus 5 Celsius plus quite strong winds. so I would say that any temperature below might start being too cold for these shoes. but again it all depends on your personal threshold.

The second reason is the fact that they are not waterproof. And since winter is rather a wet season that completely disqualifies this model from being winter friendly. Although the sole is quite thick, what can be sure of is that no water will penetrate it straight from below, the upper material will give in quickly. The most exposed part is the space between your toes. And it doesn’t even take hard rain to get your feet wet inside. I found myself walking just on wet pavement after the rain and feeling the moisture between my toes just after a few minutes.

So these are the only two drawbacks I feel which are worth mentioning. However, on the other hand, Vibram five fingers men’s shoes are not advertised as winter or waterproof Footwear. so technically we can’t expect that from them.

The very last thing I want to turn your attention is the size of this particular model. On the official Vibram website, there is a piece of information that you should go up one size from your regular five finger size. So be very careful to try them on yourself before buying if you have the possibility of course.

The Vibram five fingers men’s shoes are advertised by the producer as shoes for the cooler weather. But not to make a mistake or misread that for a winter shoe. It’s definitely not a winter shoe and that is for two reasons which I will explain at the end of this review.

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Vibram Five Fingers Trek Ascent Insulated Walking Men's Shoes

Wearing a pair of Vibram Five Fingers is very different from wearing conventional footwear. Every step taken in FiveFingers is an experience in texture, ground feedback, and awareness that can keep us better connected to our environment.

PROS
  • 1. Comfortable
  • 2. Super Light
  • 3. Flexible and Thin
  • 4. Strong Grip
  • 5. Nice Design
CONS
  • 1. Not Waterproof
  • 2. Not Warm Enough
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