New Balance Vazee Summit V2 Tested for Performance

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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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight design
  • Amazing Traction
  • Form-fitting
  • Responsive materials
Cons
  • Not much protection
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What are buyers saying?

We have spent 3.0 hours analyzing a total of 350 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • I have long feet and I like that these don't look like clod hoppers. Got them a half size bigger and wider so that I can wear a thick sock. I can put in more support for my plantar fasciitis if necessary.
  • I played in a volleyball tournament in these and they were great. I like the V2 better than the V1s because of how narrow the latter were. The solution is EE with the V2.
  • These get a 5 star because they are gorgeous and best for people with a smaller foot without a need for much arch support. Otherwise, another shoe might be best.
  • Only wore these a few times but they did well in a 10 mile run on the trail. Hopeful that they will hold up over time.
  • These shoes are comfortable, lightweight and cute and that was exactly what I was looking for in a shoe. My feet feel protected while staying cool. So far, I've used these on a six-mile hike. I did order a half size larger as I do with all my shoes.
  • This is a nice trail runner that offers good cushion and is lightweight. The toe box is also roomy too.
  • I love these running shoes although I am new to trail running. They are true to size and I don't slip.
  • Vazee Summit V2s are very comfortable and I love the way they fit. They grip the trails excellently. Great shoe.
  • I've only used these so far for running errands but I love these shoes. Love the stretchy cradle for my arch. I would think they would be good for running too.
  • These are very comfortable and have great traction.
  • I am normally a person who doesn't wear sneakers unless I am working out but these fit great. I've worn them for a lot more than working out.
  • These shoes have a nice mix of enough room for my toes and snug fit for my heel. They are both supportive and lightweight. I don't worry about rocks under my feet in these shoes. I may be buying a few more pairs since I don't seem to have luck with NB next version of shoes.
  • I am extremely happy with these shoes. They actually make my foot look smaller. These shoes are very comfortable.
  • My feet are somewhat wider but the EE fit perfectly. I am very pleased. The shoe is great and very comfortable.
  • The NB Vazee Summit V2 is not only cute but they are comfortable and supportive. I highly recommend them.
  • These are great for hiking and running the trails. Great fit.
  • I am in love with these shoes because they are lightweight, comfortable and cute.
  • I was looking for a light shoe and these are those shoes. I wanted something that had a good price and offered a wide size. I've been happy with these and so far I've used them on trails and backpacking. Nice looking shoe.
  • The sizing isn't consistent but they are functional and stylish. I would recommend ordering up to a full size larger if you intend on using thicker socks. This may not be the best shoe for someone with a wider foot.
  • These fit like a glove and easy to tie. Not as cushiony as other trails shoes and can run small.
Negative
  • Runs much smaller, almost a full size, for several users
  • Not as airy or breathable as some users would like.
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Of the 350 reviews we found in total, 22% were negative, and 78% were positive.
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Outsole

Outsole

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.
Midsole

Midsole

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.
Upper

Upper

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.
Weight

Weight

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.
Breathability

Breathability

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.
Comfort

Comfort

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.
Style

Style

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.
Durability

Durability

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.
Protection

Protection

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.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

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.
Support

Support

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.
Terrain

Terrain

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.
Price

Price

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.
Traction

Traction

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.
Flexibility

Flexibility

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.
Stability

Stability

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.
Drop

Drop

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.
Key Features

Key Features

• Rock plate
• Fantom Fit technology
• Mesh upper
• Hydrohesion sole unit
Verdict

Verdict

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.