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Rated5out of5byDasey DogfromMy second pairI have a hard time finding good trail running shoes. I stick with a good pair till they can no longer be purchased -- anywhere. I wear shoes out in about 6-8 months. These are not as good as the last shoes, I kept replacing those for about 7 years. The Vasque are the best "replacement" I have found.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated5out of5byParker WfromLove these shoes!I recently was in the market for a new trail shoe with some interesting strings attached to my selection.
I've been a very avid runner since I was walking and I'm now almost 44, as well as having torn a ligament in my knee a couple years back and having endured some intersting setbacks over the last year while finally bringing it back (no surgery!!)
I wanted a running shoe for use on trails with excellent support, stability and agility. I had been running this past winter using a pair of Gore Tex hiking shoes, which were excellent support and stability, but left a little something to be desired in terms of agility.
Enter the Mindbender. Having looked at about a dozen brands and wanting a shoe with conventional laces, a wider toe box, and all-around stability crossed with agility, this seemed to be the one. Just as important, the shoe is deep enough to allow custom orthotics to be worn if that's your thing, without feeling cramped or as if you're foot is falling out of the shoe.
Any new shoe can be the subject of trepidation for a long-time runner. We're a superstitious lot, and the idea of being in the middle of a ten mile run (and at the turnaround point) with a shoeful of blisters causes most of us to knee-jerk back to the same old shoes.
I can say that after wearing these for the last two months and a bunch of miles, I am very happy with them. They are not a minimalist shoe, but they are not a club-footed marshmallow either. They have been reviewed as not as sticky as some on wet rock and such, and this is true, but no shoe makes up for proper balance, technique and good thinking on wet rock.
They lend themselves to nice quick runs over mixed terrain thru the local woods and trails in such a way that I'm free to concentrate on solving the problem/ obstacle versus worrying about my foot placement, and I keep looking at my watch when I am done thinking that there's no way it was that quick or easy. The gear does not make the man, but good gear does not hold him back either.
In keeping with a certain mfg's "ASR" branding of their trail shoe, MY idea of all-season running and theirs may be different. The Mindbender is a breathable mesh shoe, so I would say that I will either regress to when I was 18 and enjoy running thru slushy puddles for its own experience, or revert to the Gore Tex shoes for the winter/ snowy months. They are VERY comfy on hot days, venting out heat and sweat nicely. This also lets them dry nicely when I am home, which is critical for being allowed to keep them in the house.
I plan running with these for quite some time. Yes, you will find that a golf-ball-sized rock under the foot will hurt a little when it finds the ball of your foot. Good technique and agility allows you to get off this and two steps later you will have forgotten about that rock and will be back on your stride.
I can't find anything to disparage about these shoes, and like them enough I believe I am adding a second pair of Vasque shoes sooner rather than later. I had a nice pair of Vasque boots back in college, a pair of original Clarions, and I am glad to be back in the fold.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated5out of5bymissionhkrfromStable trailrunner for long nasty trailsI got these to do runs and full day hikes in the mountains in MT. They replaced my Blurs which was my favorite runner. I feel agile, stable, and protected from rocky trails with these. They handle muddy trails decently and dry quickly so aren't bad in wet weather. They have about 700-800 miles on them now, with some 20 mile trail runs and hikes. Not a single blister, toe rub, or signs of wear.
The fit is a little wide across the toes which is great for distance, but if you have narrow feet it might be too wide. They are supportive, but not quite as much as the old Blurs. Although better toe room and lighter than the Blurs.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated5out of5bysunny hikesfromgreat shoes for achy feetBought these trail runners for my dad so we could go hiking together and to serve as a pair of jogging shoes for him. He absolutely loves them, and has requested a 2nd pair. Says they cushion his feet and are extremely comfortable. He's a happy customer!
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated5out of5byRett45fromSo far so goodI mostly road run but enjoy trail running more and my Merrells were too small (sized right but kept jamming toes. I bought the Vasques a size large and they have been great. Light but stable and no toe jamming
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated2out of5byRob10231fromSeverely Disappointed!I recently purchased these trailrunners for my long distance hiking along the MD/VA AT trails and was somewhat satisfied with fit and performance. This past weekend, I hiked up Mt. Washington taking the Huntining Ravine Trail which required a lot of stability and grip on damp - stress damp - not wet - surfaces. I spent way too much time, energy and effort fighting to keep my feet from sliding off the rock/boulder surfaces and was severly disappointed. I would not recommend using these shoes for anything more than a walk in the park!
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated4out of5bywarrentownfromImpressive PerformanceA discreet shoe with impressive performance. I chose it for the name. It was a good decision. Vasque makes good footware.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated5out of5byDJ BrooklynfromPerfect shoe for Tough MudderI bought this shoe to use for the Tough Mudder because it was lightweight and drains water quickly. Between the running, slogging through mud swimming through water, my feet were just fine and the shoes dried quickly. They even cleaned up nicely afterwards.
Date published: 2013-06-05
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