DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance Vazee Summit v2
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WeightMen: 9.3ozWomen: 7.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 27mmWomen: 27mm
Forefoot heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
WidthMen: Standard, WideWomen: Standard, Wide
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86 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews
I'm enjoying the miles that I'm putting in this shoe, quite considerably. More than I expected.
This is a really comfortable shoe. It performed pretty well.
What makes the Vazee Summit so special though is that it has just enough lightweight cushioning and purposeful protection to be a versatile shoe for most types of conditions for most types of runners
I pushed these shoes hard and through a wide variety of conditions, from fresh snow, packed snow, slushy snow, frozen snow, mud, wet rocky trails, dry rocky trails, steep off trail, buffed single track, dirt roads, pavement and the Vazee Summit performed exceptionally well at all of it.
Updates to New Balance Vazee Summit
- The lightweight trainer category in New Balance’s line up becomes more versatile and deeper with the presence of the Vazee Summit. This lightweight trainer is built with a more foot-hugging fit with enough room for runners to be very comfortable. The shoe is designed for speed, but with decent cushioning for ultra-long runs.
- New Balance’s RevLite midsole performs the herculean task of providing that soft, yet dynamic run in this shoe. To make the most of the this foam’s excellent qualities, New Balance designed it with a 10mm offset. The result is a shoe with quick and effortless transitions with a well-cushioned, but responsive ride.
- For a lightweight trainer, it offers a variety of trail-specific schemes that protect the runner on the rugged and bruising trail. There is an innovative toe bumper that is still quite pliable with enough protection and a gusseted tongue that keeps debris off.
New Balance Vazee Summit size and fit
New Balance patterned the fit of the Vazee Summit after one of its racing flats. There is a snug feel from the back to the front, with just enough room for the toes to lie naturally. Runners who are looking for more volume and width may have to go up in size. The available widths are medium and wide. Sizing is accurate in options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.
The outsole is made of hydrohesion rubber, which offers optimal traction on wet surfaces. There are numerous lugs that provide serious bite on different trail surfaces. A ¾ rock protection plate is found between the outsole and the midsole for superb protection against sharp objects.
The midsole features a full-length REVlite foam. It is very light and offers a soft ride with excellent responsiveness. New Balance fans love the durability of this midsole foam which is also present in the 2nd version of the Vazee Summit.
An ultra-breathable mesh that is supported by synthetic overlays make up a large part of the Vazee Summit. It is a seamless design that reduces the risk of blisters. New Balance uses a beefy overlay in the toes for protection instead of a rubber to produce a pliable, yet tough barrier against the bruising trail. A gusseted tongue prevents debris from getting in while the bootie-style tongue enhances comfort and fit.