Facts

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Most of the users mentioned that the mesh upper of the shoe provided maximum breathability.
  • The shoe’s Toe Protect material gained positive feedback from some runners; they said it effectively protected their toes from the damaging nature of the trail.
  • The New Balance Vazee Summit v2 is a very comfortable shoe, said some runners.
  • Many runners mentioned that the shoe is very fast and responsive.
  • Few testers mentioned that the shoe gave reliable grip on varied surfaces.
  • One user really admired how the tongue was attached to the upper; it didn’t deviate or shift around during his run.
  • The outsole was durable and reliable, some runners noted.
  • It is an affordable trail running shoe, said a few purchasers.
  • Most of the testers admired the lightweight construction of the Vazee Summit v2.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers felt that the forefoot area was too tight for their preferences.
  • A few purchasers said that they needed to order half-a-size larger to get the right fit.

Bottom line

The New Balance Vazee Summit v2 is packed with reliable technologies needed for long-distance runs and technical trail running. Many admired the shoe’s light construction, as well as its fast acceleration and responsive ride. The shoe also delivers a good combination of protection, comfort, and durability.


Rankings

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Ratings

3.8 / 5 based on 15 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
7%
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7%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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94 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    I am thoroughly impressed with the New Balance Vazee Summit Trail V2 and while I may have been so with version one as well, I’m more than happy to have gotten my feet into this one.

  • 89 / 100 by Kevin Zhang • Kevin Zhang • Level 1 expert

    So far, I really like the feel the shoe provides on my feet.

  • 98 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Vazee Summit Trail v2 is just plain fun to run. Nimble, supportive and protective it inspires confidence and is fast on any terrain except maybe severe off cambers. Likely to little shoe for most for long ultras, for shorter runs taken lively it is a great option. The design and combination of materials and features brings the weight way down for a trail runner to 8.6 oz yet it does not compromise performance in any way, at any pace, or most any terrain. We would reserve judgment on upper durability and performance in heat until we have more miles on them.

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Updates to New Balance Vazee Summit v2

  • The 2nd iteration of the Vazee Summit utilizes the same technologies as the older version. This is to ensure that the underfoot experience remains the same. The only major change is in the upper of the shoe.
  • The New Balance Vazee Summit v2 features the new internal bootie construction for a more sock-like feel. It works perfectly with the Fantom Fit design, which also delivers a seamless fit.

New Balance Vazee Summit v2 size and fit

The Vazee Summit v2 is available in standard running shoe length. New Balance offers the shoe in medium (D) and wide (2E) widths for the men’s version. For women, the shoe is available in medium (B) and wide (D) widths. The heel and the forefoot areas have medium to narrow measurements.

Outsole

The outsole of the New Balance Vazee Summit v2 is made of Hydrohesion Rubber.  This rubber material provides maximum traction on varied surfaces. Along with it are the numerous lugs that clamp onto different terrains with ease. 

The shoe also utilizes a ¾ Rockstop protection plate. It is strategically placed between the outsole and the midsole to deliver reliable protection against sharp objects on the outdoor topography.

Midsole

The midsole of the Vazee Summit v2 features a full-length REVlite foam. It provides a very light and soft underfoot cushioning. It also delivers a more responsive ride for an enhanced running experience.

Upper

The New Balance Vazee Summit v2 uses an open mesh upper material that provides maximum breathability, keeping the foot well-ventilated, even in warm running conditions. The open mesh is also lightweight and durable.

For an irritation-free fit and enhanced comfort, the shoe features a new internal bootie construction. It is basically a seamless internal design that prevents foot-irritation and blistering.

Working together with the seamless bootie construction is the Fantom Fit design, which also has a seamless construction that delivers an ultra-light, supportive fit.

The Meta-Lock technology is specifically designed to lock the mid-foot down more securely. It also heightens the overall comfortable fit of the Vazee Summit v2.

This running shoe makes use of the Toe Protect material. It’s a lightweight and thin material that provides reliable toe protection while running on the trail.