The armored construction of a hiking shoe is mated to the lightweight breathability of a running shoe. Heavy? Clunky? Good for neither hiking nor trail running? Those were my initial thoughts when I heard about the Velocity 2.0s. Was I ever wrong.
First off, even though this shoe looks rugged and super-protective, it was a LOT lighter than I expected. And, while there is a certain amount of stiffness expected from a shoe with a protective plate, these were incredibly comfortable out of the box.
The outsole is the Vasque Mako (and the lugs do look like shark teeth, with a molded EVA and TPU plate for protection, and what’s called the Arc Tempo last.
As is typical, I first took these shoes out for a shorter run, in this case, a hill workout. Comfortable on the sidewalk, good in the grass, so far so good. After a few weeks of the occasional shorter run, I decided to try them out on my normal 8 mile loop – all cement, all the time. No problems at all for the Velocity 2.0s.
Then, another mixed surface run, farther still. 16 miles – while they started feeling a bit heavy, it probably was me getting tired more than a flaw in the shoes. I’ve now run maybe 6 or 7 times in these shoes, varying distances and, apart from a treadmill, on every type of surface, from street to singletrack. These are so comfortable, that I am seriously considering these as the shoe I’ll wear for my first ultra this fall.
This is a well cushioned neutral trail running shoe. The grippy outsole works on all surfaces, while the mesh uppers are quick-drying in the event you splash through a stream or run through wet grass. Add the out of box comfort and spacious toe box and I’m not sure what else you could ask for.
Well, actually, I could ask for these, the Velocity 2.0 GTX, gorgeous shoe:
(Disclaimer: I was sent this items for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Vasque Footwear, via Darby Communications. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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