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  • Breathable, abrasion-resistant synthetic leather and nylon mesh uppers are lightweight and flexible for comfort; thermoplastic urethane overlays provide structure and support
  • Nylon linings absorb excess moisture and disperse it for fast drying; protective toe bumpers shield toes and uppers from abrasion
  • Padded tongues and collars add comfort and relieve pressure from lacing
  • Reflective detailing increases your visibility in low light
  • Removable dual-density EVA footbeds add cushioning
  • Thermoplastic urethane shanks and nylon forefoot plates provide support and stability on rough terrain and protection from sharp objects underfoot
  • Molded dual-density EVA midsoles cushion the footstrike and assist in heel to midfoot transition
  • Vasque Blur trail-running outsoles utilize a slip-resistant rubber compound and feature aggressive, multidirectional lugs for superior traction


View all Vasque Men's Trail-Running Shoes

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Best Use Trail Running
Trail-Running Shoe Type Rugged Trail
Running Shoe Cushioning Moderate
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Synthetic leather/nylon mesh/thermoplastic urethane overlays
Lining Nylon
Midsole Dual-density EVA
Support Thermoplastic urethane instep plate/nylon forefoot plate
Outsole Rubber
Rock Plate No
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 7 oz.
Gender Men's

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable trailrunner for long nasty trails I 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: 2013-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but Workmanship Questionable Ever since I bought Vasque trail runners six years ago (on a lark; I was on vacation in northern Arizona, needed new shoes, they were on sale), I've sought them out. Not all shoes fit my feet and these fit well indeed. I find them comfortable, springy, attractive, and lightweight. My one complate is that they wear quickly. I'll admit, I use them alot. Still, I'd expect the sole to last longer than it has: I've had this model for six months and the heel is already peeling back. An earlier pair (different model) came unstitched at one of the toe seams. That said, I'll keep buying them. The fit is too good.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent show with one flaw I have gone through two pairs of this shoe and have found it to be an excellent overall running shoe. I put 300 miles on the first pair and 630 miles on the second. I use them about 75% for street running and 25% for trail running. I wanted a single shoe that would work for both street and trail, and this shoe definitely fits the bill. I put another 26.2 miles on it for the 2013 LA Marathon. I also wore it for a four day backpacking trip in the sierras and for three weeks of walking around during a Europe vacation. So suffice to say, it's a versatile shoe. I do have one complaint, however. In both pairs, a weakness developed after about 250 miles. The stitching at the flex point between the toe box and the main body of the shoe begins to unravel. Although I wouldn't say this affects the performance of the shoe, it looks unsightly, and based on the fact that it developed on two different pairs, appears to be a weak point in the shoe's design. I emailed Vasque about this, and while they were polite and suggested I start a warranty claim, I wouldn't say they were particularly concerned or interested in what seems to be a structural flaw with the shoe. It's one thing for a shoe to begin to wear out after time, but this strikes me as a very specific failure in a part of the shoe that is not subject to friction or other contact that would explain how the seam comes undone.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good shoe Overall great shoe, very light (not minimalist light, but very light), wide toe box (better for wider feet or use a thicker sock, like I do). Ran about 120 miles on them, no sign of wear whatsoever..which is a good sign. After long runs (up to 16 miles for me at the moment) on hard packed fire roads and single tracks my feet felt great. The cushioning is just right, not too firm, not too soft. I give it 4 stars vs 5 stars only because I have narrow feet and as mentioned above the toe box seems a little roomier that what I would like with thin socks and running on technical trails.
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value, solid performance I've worn Vasque products going back to the early 70's. Have always been satisfied with them, but hadn't had a pair for awhile when I bought the Mindbender last spring. I bought them for a cruise to Europe last summer and knew I'd be doing a LOT of walking and hiking in various conditions. No break-in required, very comfortable from the first day. From hilly streets and trails in Provence to all the ancient streets of Pompeii, these shoes were more than up to the day's activities. Comfortable all day, no hot spots, and they clean up well with a wipe with a damp rag. I don't do any running anymore, due to knee replacement two years ago, but am still an active hiker to stay fit. These Vasques are now part of my equipment arsenal.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Choice for the PCT My son and I (both over 200+#) chose these to hike the PCT last year. I put over 1200 miles on my first pair. I'm over 500Miles of Sierra day hikes and daily wear onmy second pair. They are not waterproof, but the were perfect for the entire trek, excpet for the snow where waterproof and harder edging would have been usefull. I'm ordering two pairs now one for this years hiking and one as a battle spare
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review update Just a follow up on my previous review, I'm on my second pair of Mindbender...Still using the first pair and they have over 700 miles on them, the bottom is worn out but the upper is in very good conditions and there is still a little bit of cushioning left. I didn't have a single foot problem or discomfort since wearing them. They work perfectly for me. Initially they felt a little too roomy but not anymore for some reason, they feel just right. I'm 6-3 170..just for reference.
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My very first trail running shoe I used to be an active street runner. I was averaging 6 miles a day. I was in a car accident and had a spine injury that required multiple surgeries to correct. After the surgeries I was never really able to street run again. I was told that I should try Trail/mountain running as it used different muscles and placed less stress on the back. They were right. I started out in my New Balance shoes and quickly found out that they were no good for this type of running. These shoes that I bought, changed everything for me. I have been running again now for 6 months 6 days a week and can't beleive how great this is. Would have gone to trails years ago had I known!!! These shoes are really good.
Date published: 2012-08-02
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Are these fitting true to size or a bit on the large side?

Asked by: Nick P
The Mindbender Trail-Running Shoes do run true to size length-wise, but they have a slightly wider toe box.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-29

Heel is peeling back on spouse's Mindbender Trail-Running Shoes, so would Shoe-Goo work to fix them?

Asked by: Eugenie
​Yes, Shoe Goo can be used to repair the heel of the shoe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07
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