Vibram Has Discontinued This Shoe
The Bikila is Vibram's road running FiveFinger model and our top choice for running on pavement. It has a thicker and more durable sole, thicker insole, reflective material and a cushier fit. If you are mainly using your FiveFingers for pavement running you should consider this shoe. Overall, we prefer the Vibram FiveFingers KSO because it is more breathable, sensitive, versatile, and has a look that gets fewer stares. But if you are concerned that the KSO gives you less protection than you need when pounding the pavement, the Bikila may be the way to go. It gives a lot more foot padding with a relatively minor decrease in sensitivity. If you are mainly running or hiking on trails we recommend the Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport.
Since we first wrote this review, Vibram launched a new shoe built on the same Bikila sole called the Vibram Fivefingers Speed (click the link for a comparison of the Speed and Bikila LS). We like the Speed better than the Bikila LS because it is lighter, more comfortable and better looking. But the Bikila has a thicker insole and give more protection.