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  • Wide, low-profile toe boxes, plus fitted arch and heel support, allow toes to spread out and add stability to each footfall
  • Injection-molded EVA midsoles combine maximum cushioning and stable, sensitive performance
  • Soles absorb impacts for comfort and traction; heel stabilizers add control and confidence to every step
  • Multidirectional lugs are optimized for excellent trail grip in all conditions
  • Flat Lacing System eliminates hot spots and delivers excellent adjustment and knot retention
  • Inner linings add cushioning and mimic premium socks for moisture-wicking comfort
  • 1.2mm synthetic toe caps add protection from rocks and roots
  • Heel and toe reflectors enhance visibility in low-light conditions
  • Performance footbeds provide anatomical support and energy return


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Best Use Trail Running
Trail-Running Shoe Type Rugged Trail
Running Shoe Cushioning Moderate
Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm) 6
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Synthetic/Air Mesh
Midsole EVA
Support 6
Outsole Vasque AxisGrip rubber
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 6.8 oz.
Gender Men's

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I've stayed away from Vasque for a couple of years now due to poor craftmanship. These shoes look well built. One run in them and they were returned. The fit is best described as sloppy. Ended the run with blisters on both heels. For me, the heel cup is so shallow, my heels constantly felt like they were coming out of the shoe. May be a great shoe for some, but not me.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from comfortable, but heavy I wore these for a long, hard workout (Yasso 800s) in hot weather (88 degrees). I alternated between my Topo MT-2, and the new Vasque Trailbender. Here's what I learned: the Trailbender is plush, and fits well. I even felt a little quicker running in them (due to the shape and level of comfort - I suppose). However, the weight difference was DEFINITELY noticable. I felt a little like I was wearing ankle weights. They were also quite warm. As comfortable as they were, by the end of my workout I couldn't wait to take them off. Conclusion: very plush and comfortable shoes, but probably best suited for hiking.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super duper comfy Super comfortable max-cushion shoe that will mold to your step. They seem to run slightly larger than other Vasque models and they also feature a bit more room in the toe box. The grip is awesome and the shoes construction is very durable. Very breathable as well!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me. After wearing a size 11.5 for all my life, I've learned to order larger sizes since imports began taking over the market. I ordered a size 13, but found them to be too big when they arrived. I re-ordered, this time a size 12 but when they and I tried them on, I realized the issues weren't so much the size as the design of the shoe. There is too much of an angle between the heel and toe, with the heel being so much higher than the toe that I felt as if I were always standing on a downhill grade. This not only caused my toes to be crammed to the front of the shoe, but also my heel to lift out of the shoe on every step. My toes screamed 'too small' at the same time my heel screamed 'too big'. Since I've not had problems like this with other shoes, I've got to assume the problem is with the design of this one.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the more you run the better they feel i have gone through a number of expensive/high end trail runners attempting to replace cascade 9s. This is the best one so far. I was a bit unsure at first because the heel strik on the left shoe seemed odd. after 2 runs/breaking in they're perfect.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Early Review Purchased in December and so far very pleased. Has HOKA-like cushion/comfort but a more solid feel and appears more durable/wearing better than HOKA's for a similar purpose.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Trail Runner First off, I do not trail run. I hike. So this review will not likely be of much help with those much more familiar with trail running shoes than I am. That being said, the Vasque Trailblender is everything I wanted from a trail runner. I have only ever hiked in leather gor-tex boots, and upon reading more recent reviews of the hiking/backpacking arena, I decided to step into the world of trail runners. I was not one bit disappointed. They breath well, they are light, and they offer great support. CAUTION: out of the box, the toe box will be VERY tight. Don't worry! I nearly returned mine because of this, fearing I needed one size larger. The toe box will loosen up after about 10 miles of wear, after which it does not seem to be a problem. I have logged about 60 miles in these shoes so far, and I could not be happier with my purchase.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super comfy, but still offers great control. For a heavily cushioned shoe, this performs like a much sleeker model. I've had no issues snags or roll-overs that can come with this type of trail runner. The fit and comfort is classic Vasque. What's stood our for me is I've been able to put on miles without any overuse or pounding injuries. I've been a fan of Vasque runner's for years, and their new line does not disappoint
Date published: 2017-03-17
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What is the heel to toe drop of these?

Asked by: Rylan p
​These shoes have a 6mm heel-to-toe drop.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-11
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