Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit is made with a highly breathable mesh material that also features a lightweight overlay system.
  • Most of the testers appreciated the deconstructed heel counter, the areas that have no stitching, and the padded tongue & collar.
  • The REVlite mid-sole unit provides a plush yet flexible underfoot platform.
  • The outsole is made with a ground contact EVA component that brings shock absorption to the runner.
  • Some rubber in high-wear areas adds a bit more durability, according to a few testers.
  • The Vazee Coast is a lightweight running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners wished that they could get more choices when it comes to the color schemes and some aesthetic modifications for the shoe.
  • There were reviewers who noticed the need for some stability mechanisms to help with foot pronation.
  • Others felt that the forefoot area was a bit narrow that it slightly clumped their toes together.

Bottom line

The New Balance Vazee Coast is a neutral shoe that can handle daily exercises and training. The shoe received praises and negative feedback from users. Though it still needs a few improvements, the Vazee Coast is a solid choice for runners who want to have a comfortable and reliable road shoe.

Facts

Expert Reviews

74 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 | Managan Ta! | Level 2 expert

    They should also not advertise it as cushioned shoe as it never felt like it.

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  • New Balance offers a fairly low to the ground shoe with exceptional versatility and high-performance in the Vazee Coast. The shoe’s incredible performance is only topped off by a really affordable price that will put smiles on every runner’s face.
  • As part of the Vazee line of shoes, New Balance introduces a shoe that can work wonders during race day or in training at a significantly lesser price than many of its Vazee cousins. Intended for entry level runners who do not quite invest in expensive footwear, the performance of the Vazee Coast can certainly attract the attention of seasoned or elite runners who are looking for a do-it-all shoe that does not have all the bells and whistles.
  • Like some of its lightweight trainers, the Vazee Coast is designed for those who are looking to shift to a more minimalist style of running with still decent support and average ground feedback.
  • Sporting a superbly breathable mesh and a glove-like fit, the shoe provides another excellent alternative for those who love to take their runs on the road, track, and light trail.

The fit of the Vazee Coast resembles trainers that are known for their locked in heel and midfoot with respectable wiggle room in the forefoot. Since this is built for entry beginners who desire comfort above anything else, the fit should make most runners comfortable. Additionally, New Balance offers wide and extra wide widths as another option besides the regular medium width. Sizes are average with several options to get the best fit. The choices are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole of the Vazee Coast is fairly flat and flexible due to the deep flex grooves. New Balance uses an IMEVA or injection molded EVA that spreads from the midsole to the outsole. The outsole gives adequate durability and traction.


The midsole forms part of the outsole, which is made of injection molded EVA. This provides moderate durability and cushioning for runners. As it is a full-length midsole, there is an enhanced transition from the back to the front. The same midsole feel is also delivered by the Vazee Coast v2.


The no-sew upper begins with a highly-breathable Air Mesh. New Balance designed the upper with a cleatie-like construction for a fit that feels like a second skin. There are synthetic overlays on both sides of the shoe that give excellent midfoot hold and structure. A big part of the upper that firmly keeps the heel secured is the deconstructed heel counter. The interior is fitted with soft and plush fabric that makes running without socks a viable option.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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