User Review: Vasque Men's Blur
Use: hard pack, stone stairs, sandy surface, pavement, trails
Break-in Period: First time was okay
Price Paid: 14,000 yen
Based on the other review on this web site and others I've read, I decided to buy a pair of Vasque Blur as I'm training for my first Trailwalker run held next May in Japan.
I don't like these shoes, I LOVE them. The feel I got when I put them on is the same confortable one as when I put on my hiking shoes. But once I was on trail climbing faces, jogging up rocks, hiking stairs, running on pavement, blazing through trails, rumbling down sandy surfaces, or whatever, I still felt safe and comfortable.
Okay, it's the first pair of trail running shoes that I have ever owned, and this review is only based on a 18-20km hike/jog up - run down a 850+ meter mountain, but I was completely satisfied with the shoes. Also, I did not have to deal with any kind of wet terrain or conditions.
Usually, after a run like this one, my ankles and knees especially would be killing me. But only my calves were sore from the ascent and my knees barely bothering from the descent.
The whole way through I always felt in control with the shoes' traction. I did roll my ankle once, but with absolutely no damage. The sole gives ample support but it does not feel as if you're walking-running on platform shoes. You can feel almost everything under your shoes, while at the same time the cushions protect your joints.
Although I was worried about my pair being a little to big (I have large feet), the tight lacing allowed me the perfect fit, both in acents and descents. They fit like a glove.
I looking forward to shiggy-running at the Chiang Mai Interhash in 10 days.