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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 7.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Vazee Summit is a very comfortable shoe to run in, according to most reviews.
  • It is definitely worth its affordable price tag.
  • The shoe has decent flexibility and optimal protection, based on some comments.
  • It is a lightweight trainer that can take on various distances.
  • The mesh upper offers plenty of breathability with enough stopping power to prevent debris from getting in.
  • An outsole with multi-directional lugs and sticky rubber compound afford superior traction on a multitude of outdoor surfaces.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners were disappointed with the upper durability.
  • Some reservations were given towards the 10mm offset, which some runners consider as too much for a lightweight trainer.
  • The thin and flat insole moved around when used for really long runs.
  • The lugs shake off mud naturally, observed a significant number of runners.

Bottom line

New Balance introduces the new Vazee Summit as a do-it-all lightweight trainer that can handle all almost all types of distances and in different speeds. It has a nice mix of soft, but responsive cushioning through the RevLite midsole. Runners who love to do ultra-long runs will feel the sufficient arch support from this neutral trainer.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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86 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    I'm enjoying the miles that I'm putting in this shoe, quite considerably. More than I expected.

  • 89 / 100 | Rob Andro

    This is a really comfortable shoe. It performed pretty well.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Competitor

    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

  • 87 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    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. 

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.