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.

Facts

Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 89 / 100 | Rob Andro | Level 4 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    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 | Running Warehouse | | Level 5 expert

    A 10mm offset trail shoe that runs like a 4-6mm offset. It’s light, grippy, nimble and fairly protective.

  • 87 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    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. 

  • 89 / 100 | iRunFar | | Level 4 expert

    It handles fast paces just as well as easy slogs, and the ride and transition is just as smooth on the road as it is on technical trails.

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  • 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 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 cleatie-style tongue enhances comfort and fit.

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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