The armored construction of a hiking shoe is mated to the lightweight breathability of a running shoe. Thoughts? Heavy? Clunky? Good for neither hiking nor trail running? Those were my initial thoughts when I heard about the Velocity 2.0s. Was I ever wrong.
First off, even though this shoe looks rugged and super-protective, it was a LOT lighter than I expected. And, while there is a certain amount of stiffness expected from a shoe with a protective plate, these were incredibly comfortable out of the box. The outsole is the Vasque Mako (and the lugs do look like shark teeth, with a molded EVA and TPU plate for protection, and what’s called the Arc Tempo last.
Our Arc Tempo last creates an athletic fit that promotes quickness and agility over technical ground. The asymmetrical curve is ideal for people with higher arches and also places your foot in a more powerful position during toe off. This aggressive toe spring facilitates rapid obstacle clearance. The tapered toe box offers adequate room without wasted space. And the medium volume heel fits a wide range of shapes. Perfect for shorter distances on technical trails.
As is typical, I first took these shoes out for a shorter run, in this case, a hill workout. Comfortable on the sidewalk, good in the grass, so far so good. After a few weeks of the occasional shorter run, I decided to try them out on my normal 8 mile loop – all cement, all the time. No problems at all for the Velocity 2.0s. Then, another mixed surface run, farther still. 16 miles – while they started feeling a bit heavy, it probably was me getting tired more than a flaw in the shoes. I’ve now run maybe 6 or 7 times in these shoes, varying distances and, apart from a treadmill, on every type of surface, from street to singletrack. These are so comfortable, that I am seriously considering these as the shoe I’ll wear for my first ultra this fall.
This is a well cushioned neutral trail running shoe. The grippy outsole works on all surfaces, while the mesh uppers are quick-drying in the event you splash through a stream or run through wet grass. Add the out of box comfort and spacious toe box and I’m not sure what else you could ask for.
Well, actually, I could ask for these, the Velocity 2.0 GTX, gorgeous shoe:
In the market for a modern hiking shoe? Check out Laima’s review of the Vasque Mantra 2.0s at Women’s Endurance Gear.
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(Disclaimer: I was sent this items for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Vasque Footwear, via Darby Communications. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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