Available July 2016 – MSRP $150.00
Vazee is a light and fast product silo from New Balance. The name and concept spans across their running and training product lines. With the Vazee 2090, New Balance looks to add more cushioning to their fast line-up.
At Running Warehouse, we currently have two Vazee shoes, with a third on the way. The Vazee Pace has a firm, responsive feel in a lightweight, neutral, 6mm offset package. Then there is the Vazee Prism. It’s not quite a truly light shoe, but for a tempo shoe with a medial post, it is somewhat light. It has a similar firm, responsive feel to the Vazee Pace. But with 3mm more foam under the forefoot, and an 8mm offset, the Vazee Prism has a slightly more forgiving ride. And in March, the Vazee Summit joins the collection and promises to be a fast-feeling trail shoe.
The Vazee 2090 is essentially a more cushioned and more durable Vazee Pace. Both shoes have a 6mm heel-toe offset and both shoes use Revlite as the primary midsole cushioning material. Revlite is a lightweight, responsive foam used throughout the New Balance line-up of racing flats and lightweight trainers. So, as to be expected the Vazee 2090 is somewhat light (M9.8 oz/W8.4 oz) and the Vazee Pace is quite light (M8.0 oz/W6.6 oz). There are two main reasons for the weight difference: The Vazee 2090 is 4mm thicker in the midsole and it incorporates N2 cushioning along the lateral side of the shoe and in the forefoot.
With the thicker midsole and N2 cushioning, The Vazee 2090 will have a more cushioned ride, but will still do a good job with energy return. Combined with the somewhat light design, the Vazee 2090 is poised to serve one of two purposes. It would do well as a long run option and regular use compliment for someone doing faster work in the Vazee Pace. Or it would be a good uptempo option for someone who does the bulk of their training in shoes like the New Balance 1080 v6 or Saucony Triumph. Since the 1080 and Triumph both have 8mm offsets, the move down to 6mm should be an easy transition to make. The ride of the Vazee 2090 should be snappier than both the 1080 and Triumph, but not as extreme a departure as going to a shoe like the Vazee Pace.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height: 26mm heel, 20mm forefoot, 6mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.8 oz (men’s size 9), 8.4 oz (women’s size 8) *Provided by manufacturer