New Balance Vazee Summit V2 Tested for Performance Review Facts
Shoes that are able to provide both ample stability and a high range of motion to the wearer’s feet are very hard to come by; yet, the Vazee by New Balance manages to do that just fine. This shoe, the New Balance Vazee Summit v2 has many of the features that wearers ask for and lacks most of the unwanted features such as stiffness and an unattractive design. Being compared to many of the higher end brand names in the running shoe industry, the Vazee is nothing to laugh at when it comes to functionality.
The outsole of this shoe is one of the parts that get the most love from wearers, and with good reason. The shoe has a waffle design in the outsole which allows it to get the level of traction that we all know and love; this pattern covers the broad base that is the outsole and really allows the shoe to get a decent grip
on whatever surface that it’s being used on. Aside from that beautiful feature about the outsole, it is designed from a material that simply allows it to do whatever it needs to get that grip that simply doesn’t let go; the shoe is designed from their beloved HydroHesion rubber compound which simply works to give the wearer what they’d need in order to get that grip that they’d need when in use.
The midsole of the Vazee is relatively standard; it’s designed from an EVA compound that allows the shoe to give wearer’s a bit more in the way of responsiveness
while the shoe is in use. To be a bit more specific, the shoe makes use of a material known to New Balance( and to plenty others) as Revlite Foam. This material simple has a bit more dexterity than the average EVA material and is part of the reason why the shoe achieves that level of flexibility that this shoe is known for. The midsole also makes use of a ¾ inch plate that acts as a protective feature to keep dangerous materials from entering its design.
The upper of the Vazee is designed to be somewhat protective but to receive a balance between that and the flexibility that runners would need in order to really make the experience provided by this shoe one that is on the more flexible side. The upper of this shoe is designed from a combination of both mesh materials and synthetic overlays which enable the shoe to provide to wearer’s what they’d need to receive these features. The heel or entrance of the shoe has ample cushioning
to ensure that the wearer receives a high level of comfort while the shoe is in use as well; this prevents the shoe from giving the wearer any level of discomfort for the various parts of their foot and prevents chafing and things of that nature from occurring while the shoe is being used. The upper makes use of New Balance’s Fantom fit; which ensures a high range of motion while the shoe is in use.
As we all know, the Vazee is a lightweight shoe; it must be in order to give the wearer all that they would need to really enjoy the experience that they have while the shoe is in place and is being utilized. The upper of the shoe is designed from the mesh and combination of synthetic overlays; despite the sound of this, these materials don’t really add much to the weight of the sho and works to ensure that the feel of the shoe stays relatively consistent. The sole unit acts in very much the same way by allowing the wearer to do all of the things that they’d need and stay lightweight
at the same time; things such as the addition of the plate in the shoe’s design should work to keep the shoe weighed down but, surprisingly doesn’t do much to give off this effect to the wearer.
The upper of this New Balance shoe makes use of mesh in its design. The mesh that is incorporated allows the shoe to really feel aerated while it’s in use and prevents the wearer from feeling the discomfort that generally stems from the use of a shoe due to lack of airflow. Another good thing about the design of this shoe is that it makes rather good use of the thin properties of the mesh as well; the mesh keeps the wearer from experiencing all of the general sweating and build up of smells
that comes with the use of a shoe such as this one. The good thing about this shoe is that despite the various overlays in the shoe’s design(or at least the one that runs the length of the shoe) it still manages to get the airflow to the wearer that they’d need during use.
The Vazee is designed to give wearer’s ample cushioning and in turn comfort while the shoe is in use. The upper of the shoe is made from a mesh material which allows the shoe to really be on the comfortable side. The inside of the shoe is highly cushioned, especially around the ankle portion and the forefoot area; this really allows the shoe to be what wearer’s need when they require a high level of comfort
form one of their shoes. The sole unit of the shoe, despite the plate, also does a decent job of giving the wearer what they’d need in terms of comfort. The Fantom Fit technology really does an amazing job of giving the shoe what they’d need to have a shoe that provides a snug fit to the foot of the wearer and, does so simply because of the shoe’s ability to lock the wearer’s forefoot area down while in use.
This shoe is a versatile trail running shoe, that much can be inferred from its design. With that being said, the way that the shoe is designed would really work to make trail running a bit more enjoyable.
The Vazee comes in a variety of colorways which allows the shoe to really give the wearer what they’d need in order to enjoy the use of their shoe. The cut of the shoe definitely manages to stay on the sporty side of things but does nothing to take away from the shoe’s ability to be worn for the more casual activities. The materials that make up the design of this shoe, also add a bit of style to the design of the shoe, simply because the shoe has a bit more gloss on the exterior.
The first thing that wearers would need to pay attention to when it comes to the shoe’s ability to provide the wearer with any level of longevity.
Both the rubber and the way in which the material itself is situated, allows the shoe to hold up relatively well in a variety of conditions. The overlays in the upper of the shoe also keep the shoe looking nice and reduces the shoe’s ability to get damaged after a period of use. The good thing about the Revlite in the sole unit of the shoe allows the wearer to do what they’d need in order to really give the wearer a bit of cushioning for a prolonged period of time.
One of the only drawbacks of the design of the Vazee is that it doesn’t do the most to keep the wearer’s foot protected from the strenuous trail conditions that they’ll be running in. The main thing that works to give the wearer what they’d need in terms of protection is the addition of the plate in the shoe’s design; the rock plate is meant to keep jagged materials from the entering and damaging the bottom of the wearer’s foot. The thing about this shoe is that it doesn’t have very many other features in its design to give the wearer any level of protection
; the overlays in the design don’t really work to give the wearer any level of protection simply because of the fact that they are printed on and wouldn’t do the best job of keeping anything from entering the design of the shoe itself.
The Revlite in the shoe’s design does a really great job of getting the wearer that cushioning that they’d want when the shoe is in use; much like EVA foam, the cushioning in the midsole simply conforms (as much as is reasonable) to the curves of the wearer’s underfoot. The design of the upper also works to give the wearer what they’d need in order enjoy the shoes use; the lack of extensive overlays keeps the foot of the wearer comfortable and allows the wearer to do what they’d need to enjoy the shoe’s movement.
The cushioning found in the design of this shoe does an amazing job of providing the wearer with what they’d need in order to enjoy the feel of the shoe completely. Again, the Revlite found throughout the shoe’s design allows the wearer to enjoy a bit of support for their arches
and ensures that the wearer doesn’t have to deal with discomfort and an utter lack of support to be found by the shoe’s design. The upper of the shoe doesn’t do a very good job of giving the wearer much in the way of support.
The Vazee is one of those shoes that works to give the wearer what they’d need in order to have the ability to give the wearer what they’d need in order to enjoy the movement allowed by this design of the shoe. With that being said, the shoe is designed for use on the more technical terrains; the sole unit of the shoe has the multidirectional lugs that are customary of trail shoes and works to give the wearer everything that they’d need in terms of functionality from the design of the shoe. The upper of the shoe doesn’t really signal to the wearer that they have a shoe that will be able to function on trail terrains but, does do an amazing job of providing for the wearer in that respect.
Another great thing about this shoe is that it is incredibly inexpensive. Literally, the entire shoe is designed to give the wearer a fair level of value. The shoe has a plethora of features that simply work to give the wearer a value beyond that of the typical type; consider the traction or the durability that is present in the design and compare that to the features that to the price that the shoe is sold for, these features by themselves work to provide the wearer with the durability that they’d really need from a shoe of its caliber.
The traction achieved by the Vazee is nothing short of impeccable; the sole unit of the shoe features a New Balance’s Hydrohesion rubber which, as the name of the material suggests, really allows the shoe to work and give the wearer a level of grip on any sort of surface that the shoe is used on. Let’s not forget the fact that the shoe has the beautiful lugs incorporated into it’s design; those lugs really allow the shoe to be able to give the wearer what they’d need in order to finesse their way around a trail like it’s nobody’s business.
The entire design of the shoe is highly responsive to the movements of the wearer’s foot when being used. The upper of the shoe lacks many of the elements that would keep the shoe from really moving to the will of their foot; the overlays provide stability but, don’t keep the foot from being able to exert its will on the shoe itself. The sole unit of the shoe also allows it to move in a way that is similar to the movements of the wearer’s foot; the sole unit allows the foot to simply bend the design of the shoe and, despite the addition of the footplate does so rather easily.
The shoe does have a few stability providing features incorporated into its design but, not many. The shoe has the printed overlays incorporated into its design but, other than structure, they don’t really work to give the shoe any level of stability. The sole unit of the shoe does its job to give the wearer a bit of stability and structure; the rock plate featured in the design allows the shoe to really provide the wearer with everything that they’d need to enjoy the movement provided by the shoe.
The drop of the Vazee is also something that isn’t very much on the special side of things; the drop is roughly 10mm and keeps the shoe inline with the expected transitions of other models of shoe.
• Rock plate
• Fantom Fit technology
• Mesh upper
• Hydrohesion sole unit
Overall, the design of this shoe is one that really keeps the wearer on their toes. The material in the shoe’s design allows the wearer to do what they’d need when they need to make movements in the shoe and, due to the various technologies present also works to give the wearer what they’d need to enjoy the movements provided by this shoe.