Vasque Transistor FS

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Trail running shoes are like mountain bikes. They…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Use: Have been using them on treadmill but will take to trail once snow melts
Break-in Period: About a day - Walk around in them first
Price Paid: Pro deal to test

Trail running shoes are like mountain bikes. They take you off trail where the crowds are fewer and the flora and fauna is more prevalent, but are still effective for getting the job done on the paved trails and roads. This year, I’ve been taking the Vasque Transistor FS trail runners for regular spins. The Transistors are the latest and greatest from Vasque's footwear line.

I’ve been a wearer of Vasque hiking boots for many years so when they offered me a pair of trail runners to test out, I had to try them. I have no idea what Vasque does to their boots but their boot technology clearly bubbles over into their trail running shoes. There’s been too much snow on the ground for me to take these shoes out and run on an actual trail so I’ve been running on the treadmill regularly to get a good feel.

The Transistor doesn’t have a removable foot bed like so many performance shoes. While a shoe’s mesh or leather upper might be anatomically correct, where your foot rests is flat. Vasque is using a new technology called FootSync Fit System™ to shape an anatomical midsole and upper as one, eliminating the need for a foot bed. This makes the Transistors lighter and cozier than the average trail shoe, and keeps your foot closer to ground. This reduces your center of gravity, enhances stability, and, can probably help to prevent ankle injuries when running on uneven trails.

Stability and a balanced, natural feel is what I noticed most about the Transistors. The Flux Foam layer inside the shoe contours to your foot and delivers comfortable cushioning. At first glance, you wouldn’t think these shoes would feel the least bit comfortable, lacking a foot bed and all, but they are.

Just to make sure that Vasque wasn’t joshing me, I tested the Transistors side by side with my Ahnu Rockridge XTR trail runners. Both shoes had a low center of gravity and felt identical as far as height went but the real test came with a 30-minute run on the treadmill wearing the Ahnu on the right foot and the Vasque on the left.

Both shoes provided great stability, but Vasque won in the fit, comfort and weight category. The Vasque had a more molded, cozier feel while the Ahnu had some extra wiggle room. Finally, I felt that the Vasque absorbed more shock and impact than the Ahnu, making it a significantly more comfortable shoe to run in.

This is not to say that the Rockridge is an inferior shoe, it isn’t, but its purpose is more twofold: It’s a light-weight day hiker and trail runner so it’s designed to accommodate a heavier sock (I think).

Overall impression? The Transistor FS actually make me feel like running.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Vasque's Transistor FS page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

CLOSEOUTS . Designed with their new FootSync Fit System, Vasque's Transistor FS trail running shoes provide runners with a 360? fit that stretches beyond the common paradigms of current shoe construction. This revolutionary fit system creates a perfect harmony between foot and shoe so runners can achieve their maximum level of performance. Available Colors: DARK GULL GREY/DANDELION, GLACIER GREY/DIVA BLUE, CHARCOAL/CHARTREUSE. Sizes: 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 9, 6, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 5, 5.5.

- Sierra Trading Post

Let the Vasque Transistor FS 222s Trail Running Shoe enlighten your running adventures. Thanks to data from thousands of foot scans, Vasque was able to design the Transistor FS around all 360 degrees of the foot. The Transistor FS has a low profile and an anatomically modeled midsole that utilizes contouring and smart cushioning to get your foot closer to the ground. The result is more stability, control, and confidence in footing, all without sacrificing comfort or protection.


Free Shipping. Vasque Women's Transistor FS Shoe DECENT FEATURES of the Vasque Women's Transistor FS Shoe Weight: Women's Size 7: 9.4 oz / 266 g Last: Immerse 360 Upper: Synthetic Leather, Airmesh Nylon; Wicking Lining; Flux Foam Strobel Board Midsole: Waveform S/C Midsole - Neutral Outsole: Vasque Synapse - Slip-resistant Compound Flux Foam Strobel Board, Waveform S/C Midsole, Rocknrolla Plate

- Moosejaw

The Vasque Transistor FS Trail Running Shoe is about connecting the runner to the trail in a whole new way. Using the patent pending FootSync Fit System, the running is closer to the ground as the shoe morphs to their individual foot shape. This is achieved without sacrificing cushioning. The result is an extremely light trail shoe that offers unsurpassed control, seamlessly connecting to the foot and to the terrain.

- RockCreek