Available April 2016 – MSRP $100.00
New Balance has had great success with the introduction of new trail shoes over the past several years. Whether it was geared toward the minimal end of the spectrum (MT101/WT101, Minimus MT10/WT10) or a more protective, ultra endurance option (MT1210/WT1210), New Balance has nailed it with great performing shoes to fit a specific niche of trail runners.
What has been missing in the New Balance line is a fairly light yet protective, versatile trail shoe (think Pearl Izumi EM Trail N1 or Saucony Peregrine). Some would say the MT/WT101 is this shoe, but there are many runners that feel this shoe is too thin for their needs. Enter the Vazee Summit.
With the same 10mm heel-toe offset of the MT/WT101, the Vazee Summit adds 3mm of overall stack height to offer more underfoot protection. It appears the 3mm is coming from the outsole lugs and the result is versatile traction and a more forgiving ride. Like the MT/WT101, the Vazee Summit has a Rockstop plate to help prevent stone bruising.
Unlike the MT/WT101, the Vazee Summit uses a Revlite midsole for a more cushioned ride, and has a traditional shape for a more universal fit. The Vazee Summit weighs in at 2 ounces heavier than the MT/WT101, yet it is still fairly light and retains the great flexibility of the MT/WT101. And while I have been drawing lots of comparisons to the MT/WT101, one could argue the Vazee Summit is what the MRC/WRC 1400 would be if it were meant for serious long distance trail racing.
Because it is flexible, light, and protective, the Vazee Summit is our most highly anticipated new trail shoe for Spring 2016.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height: 27mm heel, 17mm forefoot, 10mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.3 oz (men’s size 9), 7.5 oz (women’s size 8) *Provided by manufacturer