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Vasque Mindbender Trail Shoe Review
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Vasque Mindbender Trail Shoe Review on 07/12/2011 14:30:46 MDT Print View

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Vasque Mindbender Trail Shoe Review

Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Vasque Mindbender Trail Shoe Review on 07/12/2011 14:52:45 MDT Print View

I have these, agree with average. I think they need *more* volume over the lacing, but something about the cut over the foot leaves something to be desired. Forefoot could be wider on outside of toe box, but my big toes are happy. The most mind bending thing for me is the firm midsole somehow allows good ground feel. A little bit 'slappy' on the heel to toe transition compared to my H.O.O. Shoes.

Edited by redmonk on 07/12/2011 14:55:31 MDT.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Average, yup. on 07/12/2011 23:31:42 MDT Print View

I have a normal foot. These shoes were nearly floppy on my feet when I tried them on. Didn't care for them at all. Maybe those with a really wide foot may have better luck with this shoe.

Brian Martin
(xiled1) - MLife

Locale: AZ
Similar on 07/13/2011 13:18:59 MDT Print View

I have a pair of these and have some similar experiences. I love the sole and the ground feel. They are great in the flat. I can handle them on the uphills but downhill really drives my two outer toes into the front of the shoe. I've also noticed some random iritation on my heel that I believe relates to the depth comments in this article. I have a slightly wide foot and prefere a large footbox with normal heel. These are going back to REI I'm afraid.

Christopher J Foran
(ChrisForan) - MLife
Vasque Mindbender Trail Shoe Review on 07/21/2011 13:58:56 MDT Print View

Have never had these on, but just from reading your detailed review, I wondered if the small toe box that caused you to go up a little in size (and proportionately, volume) was contributing to the close lacing as well as puckering? Might Vasque affect several of your problems with a fix for the toe cramping?
Thanks for a thorough review.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
hmmm on 07/21/2011 18:38:33 MDT Print View

Chris, I tried these on and they were big. The correct length was huge in the toe box, "floppy" as I described above. These shoes also had a low heel depth and just didn't impress me much. I have tried on about half a dozen trail runners lately and the Mindbenders were the least impressive.