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New Balance Vazee Pace, reviewed during training and race conditions £99.99 from Runners Need Features: 6 mm drop Bootie construction Deconstructed heel counter No-sew material application Podular outsole REVlite midsole foam New Balance Vazee Pace Review Like many runners, I’m rather conservative when it comes to buying a new pair of running shoes, sticking to a few tried and tested favourites when making my choice. For no particular reason, New Balance have never really featured on my radar so I was pleased to have the opportunity to try out a pair of Vazee Pace shoes and see what (if anything) I’d been missing. New Balance Vazee Pace Look and Feel First impressions were very favourable - a good, tough looking shoe, smart bright blue without being ‘over the top’. They had a ‘quality’ feel and, at 210 grams per shoe, seemed light enough for most purposes. I was not disappointed when I tried them on - a good snug fit (size 9) with no obvious pinch-points. The laces tied up nicely and, even before I’d run a single metre, I felt I was in safe hands. New Balance Vazee Pace Performance and Durability I haven’t exactly tested them to destruction but I have managed 60k of varied terrain over the past week and certainly no complaints so far. My first outing was an on-road, hilly12k, and the shoes were excellent. Although light, there is plenty of support and cushioning especially at the front end which encourages an efficient foot-strike. Whether on the flat, uphill or downhill, I had full confidence in my ‘Pace’ shoes. When I upped the speed to a 3.40k pace, the shoes responded well and I’d be very happy to wear them my at next attempt at a sub-18 parkrun. The next day I ventured off-road for 15 km and was pleasantly surprised at the shoes’ performance. They coped well with mud, gravel tracks, grass and even stony ground (although, not surprisingly, I could feel some of the larger stones through the sole). Although they probably weren't designed for this purpose, I’ll be confident to wear these shoes at a forthcoming multi-terrain event on the Dorset coast.   Further kms on the road confirmed my first favourable impressions. I was particularly pleased that wearing these shoes seemed to have a beneficial effect on a few minor foot niggles I’ve been suffering from recently - testament perhaps to the well-balanced, supportive feel of this running footwear. *Postscript* I wore my Pace shoes in the Studland Stampede - 12k of gruelling off-road running and a real test of any footwear. I had an excellent race and I can honestly say, I didn’t think about my shoes once - probably the best testimonial for any running shoe. Currently £99.99 from Runners Need

Review Summary

Weight
Durability
Look and Feel
Comfort
Value

Great all-rounder

Good all-rounder, light, fast and good on or off-road.

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New Balance Vazee Pace, reviewed during training and race conditions
£99.99 from Runners Need

Features:

  • 6 mm drop
  • Bootie construction
  • Deconstructed heel counter
  • No-sew material application
  • Podular outsole
  • REVlite midsole foam

New Balance Vazee Pace Review

Like many runners, I’m rather conservative when it comes to buying a new pair of running shoes, sticking to a few tried and tested favourites when making my choice. For no particular reason, New Balance have never really featured on my radar so I was pleased to have the opportunity to try out a pair of Vazee Pace shoes and see what (if anything) I’d been missing.

New Balance Vazee Pace

New Balance Vazee Pace

Look and Feel

First impressions were very favourable – a good, tough looking shoe, smart bright blue without being ‘over the top’. They had a ‘quality’ feel and, at 210 grams per shoe, seemed light enough for most purposes. I was not disappointed when I tried them on – a good snug fit (size 9) with no obvious pinch-points. The laces tied up nicely and, even before I’d run a single metre, I felt I was in safe hands.

New Balance Vazee Pace

New Balance Vazee Pace

Performance and Durability

I haven’t exactly tested them to destruction but I have managed 60k of varied terrain over the past week and certainly no complaints so far. My first outing was an on-road, hilly12k, and the shoes were excellent. Although light, there is plenty of support and cushioning especially at the front end which encourages an efficient foot-strike. Whether on the flat, uphill or downhill, I had full confidence in my ‘Pace’ shoes. When I upped the speed to a 3.40k pace, the shoes responded well and I’d be very happy to wear them my at next attempt at a sub-18 parkrun.

The next day I ventured off-road for 15 km and was pleasantly surprised at the shoes’ performance. They coped well with mud, gravel tracks, grass and even stony ground (although, not surprisingly, I could feel some of the larger stones through the sole). Although they probably weren’t designed for this purpose, I’ll be confident to wear these shoes at a forthcoming multi-terrain event on the Dorset coast.

 

Further kms on the road confirmed my first favourable impressions. I was particularly pleased that wearing these shoes seemed to have a beneficial effect on a few minor foot niggles I’ve been suffering from recently – testament perhaps to the well-balanced, supportive feel of this running footwear.

*Postscript* I wore my Pace shoes in the Studland Stampede – 12k of gruelling off-road running and a real test of any footwear. I had an excellent race and I can honestly say, I didn’t think about my shoes once – probably the best testimonial for any running shoe.

Currently £99.99 from Runners Need

Author: James Fletcher

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