2017 Approach Shoe Review: Vasque Vertical Velocity

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The Vasque Vertical Velocity approach shoe.

The Vasque Vertical Velocity.

Weight

20 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.

Comfort

This light, minimalist shoe, a hybrid trail runner/approach shoe, slipped on easily, with a cozy, almost sock-like fit out of the gate. The perforated synthetic/airmesh upper kept our tester’s feet cool, and the notably springy “Anatomical High Rebound Footbed” had a soft, supportive underfoot feel.

Approach 

Our tester loved the Vertical Velocity as a lightweight hiker for trail miles and the standard “straight-uphill” approaches to the cliffs. “It was awesome to have something so svelte underfoot,” he said, “especially on hot days or with tired legs.”

Scrambling/Climbing

The Vibram Grip Plus outsole excelled for scrambling, especially slabs and fourth-class terrain. While these shoes aren’t as built for tech climbing as others reviewed (no sticky-rubber rand), they held their own on cracks and face, thanks to a slipper-like last.

$130, vasque.com

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