Vasque Velocity VST XCR
Materials: plastic + gore-tex
Use: dayhikes so far, more this summer
Break-in Period: 3 months
Weight: 17oz/ea, with gel insoles
Price Paid: Cdn$85 + tax
I bought these on impulse from the bargain table at MEC Vancouver. This was before I read somewhere that this model had some problems.
I bought a 1/2 size bigger than usual as they felt a bit tight at the front end, and that turned out to be true. I had a great pair of Vasque Velocity trail runners for years and have bought several pairs since but none as wide at the toe box or as comfortable as the first pair.
I heated these on an oil filled radiator, jammed in a couple of golf balls and laced tightly to stretch the front space and then wore them, still warm, a couple of times and they are starting to feel more comfortable now. Almost all these trail shoes are plastic nowadays and respond to this kind of adjustment for width. I've also changed the insoles to gel, to improve comfort and avoid plantar fasciitis.
Boots are now broken in and no problems in sight. They seem watertight in light usage so far and have a grippy sole, which is better than the original Velocity sole for grip and likely for wear. They are stiffer and feel more solid than a trail shoe IMHO, and are more like a light hiker.
Good buy so far with no problems other than narrow toe box. If they do show some problems I'll post back but I think this model has already been replaced with a new Velocity XCR model.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . The Gore-Tex(R) waterproof breathable lining on these Vasque Velocity VST trail running shoes ensures that on your next trail run you?ll be able to tackle tough terrain with the ultimate in moisture protection. Available Colors: BLACK PLUM/MOON ROCK, ANDORRA/FOSSIL. Sizes: 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
Vasque Spine Technology helps the waterproof Velocity VST XCR eat up rough singletrack like a hungry bear in a fish factory. A hard, but flexible TPU strike plate runs between the midsole and tread, stabilizing your stride, defending against rocks, and dispersing shock to a SEBS gel insert in the heel. A TPU cage welded over the Airmesh and Gore-Tex XCR upper allows maximum breathability without sacrificing strength or support. Vasque's Mako outsole design maintains supreme grip in muddy trail conditions.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Behold, the lighter, faster, waterproof and lower profile evolution of Vasque's flagship shoe. The new Velocity VST ups the game in performance with their new, patent-pending Vasque Spine Technology, which greatly reduces heel impact forces while remaining stable and allowing for consistent cushioning for the life of the shoe. Gore-Tex XCR constructionUpper is a sandwich of synthetic materials providing support and breathability A medial TPU midsole cage offers pronation stability and the lightweight TPU forefoot plate protects the foot from uneven terrain The Mako II sole is meant for loose and unpredictable trail conditions Dual Density EVA midsole Reflective Trim Wt: 1lb. 13oz. men's 9.Model 7690.
- Campmor refers to the men's version
Behold the second generation of our flagship shoe, now available with Gore-Tex. The new Vasque Velocity VST XCR shoe ups the game in performance with a new, patent-pending VST technology.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version