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Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoes review
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Vasque Mindbender
Vasque introduced the Mindbender, a trail running shoe, which is a new addition in the last year. The Mindbender incorporates Vasque’s Perpetuum Last technology.

The shoe’s name implies mind warping abilities, but Perpetuum Last, a technology used in the Vasque Mindbender, is billed to give the shoe stability. The technology touts the shoe as a trail runner for longer distances, because it has a roomier toe box and a tailored instep to reduce foot movement.

The Mindbender has an upper constructed of nylon and leather and sports a nylon lining. The midsole is EVA (scientifically known as Ethylene vinyl acetate), a lighter alternative to a polyurethane midsole. And each shoe tips the scale at twenty-three ounces. Vasque designed the outsole with an aggressive lug pattern, so the shoe can adapt to changing terrains.

Cute and catchy names for a technology sometimes is part of an expensive marketing and advertising campaign with little money spent on R&D. The Perpetuum Last is not an advertising gimmick. The technology does what it is billed to do. The Mindbender proved its stability when attacking the trails. It performed admirably when taking on steep hills. It stabilizes and propels you forward. Snappy and inspired strides are also a result of its light weight.

Vasque LogoThe Mindbender is not waterproof and is not meant to keep your feet dry when negotiating a stream or puddle. Vasque offers a Gore-Tex model that is advertised to be waterproof. The Vasque Mindbender is a trail running shoe that provides stability to your foot and is designed for longer distance runs. Vasque lists it at $95.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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