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  • Designed for runners who favor quick strikes from midfoot to forefoot
  • Wide, low-profile toe boxes, fitted arches and heel support
  • Compression-molded EVA midsoles are firm and highly responsive for an increased feel of the trail
  • Integrated ESS rock plate adds targeted forefoot protection
  • Lace-to-toe closures provide anatomic control, which is ideal for steep, rocky terrain
  • Stretch-mesh tongues create a socklike fit while keeping your feet locked in place during technical trail sections
  • High-rebound performance footbeds provide anatomical support and energy return
  • Vibram® Megagrip outsole compound provides long-lasting grip and control on technical, rocky terrain


View all Vasque Men's Trail-Running Shoes

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Best Use Trail Running
Trail-Running Shoe Type Light-Trail
Running Shoe Cushioning Moderate
Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm) 4
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Synthetic/air-mesh
Midsole EVA
Support Nylon plate
Outsole Vibram Megagrip rubber
Rock Plate Yes
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 4 oz.
Gender Men's

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel closer to the trail I snagged a pair of these about a month ago and have already put about 100 miles of singletrack on them. They have a lower profile than most bulkier trail shoes, and provide a truer feel of the ground. I run mostly technical trails here in in the mid-atlantic, and these things help me fly over roots and rocks in Shenandoah NP. They shed water like a charm, and breath perfectly throughout a run. True to size, and extremely comfortable - my longest run in them was 18 miles and they held up the whole time. Looking forward to logging more miles in them throughout the fall.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great All-Around Shoes Bought these to replace my Merrell Barefoots (road variation). The fit is perfect and the grip is pretty nice. My first time using them was a slow five mile run on wet roads. I felt incredible traction and support the entire time. I'm looking forward to using these as my go-to shoe for both pavement and trails.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VASQUE VELOCITY ---- has finally met its match: Since purchasing several pair of the original Vasque Velocity Trail Running Shoe a few decades ago, every "ungraded" reinvention of it has failed to match or even come close to the quality and feel of the original ---- until now. Although, having never found a shoe to compare I would love to see the original reintroduced, but the Vasque Vertical Velocity is for the most part a good match and in some ways even an improvement over the original ---- finally! Thank you Vasque! I'll be purchasing more pairs of these.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, Lightweight, and Grippy Be careful to not pull to hard on the tongue when putting on your shoes. Mine ripped a bit of the threading off. Doesn't matter too much to me because it hasn't kept unraveling.
Date published: 2017-04-20
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How's the arch support & stability?

Asked by: dade1964
These shoes do provide great arch support. We have heard good feedback about the stability of the shoe as well.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-13

What is the forefoot and heel heights? I assume the weight per shoe is 10 oz, but I can't find a confirmed figure for that anywhere else?

Asked by: Aaron
​The heel height is 1 inch. The forefoot height is .75 inches. These shoes weigh 20 ounces per pair.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-28
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