Vasque Velocity VST
Use: Backpacking Trips / 25 lb pack
Weight: 15 ouncs per shoe
Price Paid: $95
I bought these late last summer (2009) for use in the 2010 season. My feet were measured and the shoes fitted in the store. At the time, they felt great, in fact, even now they still feel great in general walking, even with a load on my back.
This all changed after one simple 9 mile out and back trip on a rocky trail. To put it simply, my feet were slipping and toes smacking the end of the footbox. At the end of the trip I was so sore it took a day for my feet to get better.
There is extra room for my toes in the toe box and I didn't really feel my feet moving around a lot inside the shoe. So not sure what has taken place here but these shoes definitely aren't for me.
In addition to this, there is a terrible squeaking coming internally from the sole itself. Even if I didn't have this issue of the toebox I think these shoes would be delegated to picking up dog poop in the yard. There is nothing more annoying than walking down a trail listening to "squeek" "squeek"
I have contacted Vasque's customer service department to see if this squeaking is normal. I wonder if they have a warranty? I will edit my review after they get back to me.
15 ounce weight per shoe (size 13) - Comfortable lacing system - very breathable - Large protective pad over the top of toe box to protect the shoe on stubs and stumps
Single density EVA midsole means they will break down fast, but, Vasque has inserted some kind of "spine" into the shoe to help prevent that. - Mesh fabric easily prone to scrapes (already have a small hole in the fabric from a rock or something)
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Wear the Vasque Men's Velocity VST Trail Running Shoe to power through long mountain runs. An Airmesh upper keeps your feet breathing, and Vasque's Spine Technology and a TPU shank give you enough impact support to run all day and through the night-man, you 100-mile racers are insane. The Mako II sole grabs trail like a shark grabs its prey, so you don't have to worry about losing your footing.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
The Velocity VST incorporates Vasques proprietary cushioning system Vasque Spine Technology (VST) that reduces impact forces while stabilizing your foot when running on uneven and chaotic terrain. The Mako II outsole offers uncompromising traction in loose and unpredictable trail conditions. This shoe is built for runners who prefer more support over the long haul with an aggressive outsole for more technical terrain.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Vasque Velocity VST multisport shoes are ideal for warm-weather adventures on and off the trail. Highly breathable, lightweight air-mesh nylon uppers feature welded thermoplastic urethane (TPU) reinforcements for structure and pronation stability. Nylon linings wick moisture away from your feet and dry quickly. Removable dual-density EVA footbeds offer cushioning. EVA midsoles provide additional cushioning and house TPU forefoot plates for protection from stone-bruising. Vasque Spine Technology (VST) in heels incorporates a TPU top plate with a cushioning gel to reduce heel impact forces while remaining stable. Anatomic shape of the TPU top plates follows the natural progression of lateral heel landings, helping you to maintain a neutral stride. Reflective detailing increases your visibility in low light. Vasque Velocity VST outsoles feature aggressive, multidirectional lugs for superior traction and durability. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Velocity VST Shoe (Fall 2010) SPECIFICATIONS of the Men's Velocity VST Shoe by Vasque Weight: 14.4 oz. / 407 g Last: Arc Tempo Upper: Synthetic Nubuck, TPU Weld, Airmesh Nylon Footbed: Dual Density EVA Midsole: Stability, Single Density Molded EVA with VST, TPU Forefoot Plate Outsole: Vasque Mako II VST Reflective Trim
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version