Vasque Velocity

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Lightweight protection. THE TEST: Ankle turners, rejoice! Vasque has stitched the platform of a beefier boot onto the body of a lightweight, breathable hiker. The result is a shoe that’s stout and stable but, at just 13 ounces, hardly hefty. “This is no jacked-up SUV,” one tester commented. “And you don’t feel any rocks through the sole.” Credit the molded TPU plate that runs three-quarters the length of the shoe. Yet this isn’t some boardlike Frankenshoe. The plate is as flexible front-to-rear as it is torsionally rigid, so while our feet tracked solidly with each strike, we could still open up a comfortable stride. THE VERDICT: Punches above its weight. 13 oz


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