Vasque Aether Tech
Materials: variety of space age stuff i dont know the names of
Use: technical trails w/ multi-day pack
Break-in Period: 2 or 3 solid runs
Price Paid: HKD895
Not perfect, no shoe is, but a step in the right direction. Vasque make good stuff and know what they're doing, so this futuristic design is not just total gimmick.
Be warned, this shoe is technical. Not quite as technical as it could be, but it's not your average trail shoe - this is more for mountain running, adventure racing, multi-day etc.
For regular running on hard trails, paths and certainly roads forget it. Other shoes with more cushioning do that better. But if what you're doing depends a lot on foot placement, lightness, dexterity and commitment - jungles, steep terrain, raids etc - this is a good choice.
Weight-wise they are really, really light and they don't soak up much water.
They fit narrow and the toe box is narrow, which works for me, but I doubt every foot.
They have a rigidity that feels good, but whereas the uppers were fine straight out of the box, the shanks will take another run or two to conform.
They feel precise, with the sole nicely within the confines of the upper.
The hi-tech lacing system has its pros and cons and is as good as any other system. Personally I'd like to see it come a bit further down the foot, have bigger grip on the dial and I think the hypalon (or whatever it is) patch the things stitched into could be redesigned. otherwise its certainly convenient and flexes well with the foot.
The sole is an issue to me - as it is with all tech trail shoes. I'm yet to find one that's really good for serious rock terrain. These grip fine on dry rock, but for a technical shoe they could be sticky, have a bit more asymmetry and the inside toe edge be a little more receptive to climbing.
So there's my thoughts - probably enough to design a whole other shoe out of, and there's definitely room for that. I usually run in Salomons, and feel this shoe is in a direction Salomon hasn't gone into yet. I run 80-odd miles a week and will keep this on as my tech shoe for high-commitment stuff, but they are wasted on family trails.
I think they are the best in their very limited genre, but look forward to the next generation.
Materials: synthetic leather
Use: fastpacking, scrambling, hiking, peak-bagging
Break-in Period: NONE NEEDED
Price Paid: $120
What about the basics???
After several weeks of shopping around, and inner debates, I happened across this new Vasque trail runner. I was pleasantly surprised at the immediate comfort! Always having a hard time finding a comfortable fit (and a long time Merrell fan) I was sold!
Therefore, I'm not on the cyber-soapbox to persuade you of the premium performance, but focusing on the basics: This shoe is the most comfy, lightweight, attractively designed shoe that I've ever been proud to show off!!
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Featuring a protective TPU rock plate and the revolutionary BOA lacing system, the light and fast Vasque Men's Aether Tech Shoe is literally dialed for trail running. High rebound inserts in the forefoot and heel absorb the pounding impacts of descending singletrack, while a dual-density EVA midsole stabilizes your foot on loose, unpredictable terrain. The one-handed BOA lacing system provides unmatched convenience when training or just tooling around, and makes quick adjustments a snap even in the middle of a race.
- Backcountry Outlet
CLOSEOUTS . Vasque's Aether Tech trail running shoes let you dial in the perfect fit thanks to a BOA(R) cable lacing system; just a few twists of the knob, and you're locked in and ready to rock. Winner of Outside magazine's Gear of the Year award in 2008 BOA(R) lacing never comes untied, won't irritate pressure points and is easy to adjust on the go Synthetic nubuck, air mesh and welded TPU fabric upper Moisture-wicking lining Removable cushioned footbed Dual-density EVA midsole absorbs shock Supportive TPU shank Traction rubber outsole Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. pr. Made in China Width: M (medium) Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Available Colors: GREY/NUGGET GOLD. Sizes: 8, 8.5, 14.
- Sierra Trading Post
Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Aether Tech Shoe (Fall 2009) FEATURES of the Men's Aether Tech Shoe by Vasque Reflective Trim Boa Technology Closure w/Power Zone SPECIFICATIONS: Weight: 1 lb 9 oz / 700 g Last: Arc Tempo Upper: 1.2mm Synthetic Nubuck Leather Upper: Airmesh Nylon w/ Welded TPU Reinforcing Fabric Midsole: EVA w/ high rebound heel and forefoot inserts Plate: TPU Injected Nylon Textile Outsole: Vasque Aether Footbed: Dual Density EVA
The Aether Tech Trail Running Shoe by Vasque is a shoe designed as a hybrid of sorts with its ability to be a solid, fast trail shoe while also being a lightweight trainer. An award winner from Outside Magazine, you know this shoe offers everything its supposed to plus more, with its high rebound heel and forefront inserts that keep your stride corrected and allows for less impact on the foot, creating less fatigue. A breathable Airmesh and Nubuck leather upper creates a nice ventilation letting your foot breathe as you run. The Boa Closure System creates a better fit with its continuous cable lacing system that eliminates pressure points that regular laces tend to provide. Simply crank the knob and you can quickly loosen, unlace, or lace and you will never need to stop to tie your shoe again costing you valuable time. The Aether also gives you great protection from stone bruising with its textile forefoot plates and rigid TPU shanks give you stability no matter how difficult the terrain