2017 Approach Shoe Review: Vasque Vertical Velocity

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The Vasque Vertical Velocity approach shoe.

The Vasque Vertical Velocity.


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


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.


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.”


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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