Vasque Aether Tech Trail Running Review
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Looking for a lightweight trail runner that can handle speed and rugged terrain? If yes, check out the Vasque Aether Tech.
The shoes proved to have great traction in all conditions including snow, mud, loose dirt and gravel. Reinforced fabric also kept the feet dry and the socks mud free. It also helps increase the flexibility and overall durability of the shoes no matter what you find on the trail. Even when running in warm temperatures, the nylon lining kept our feet dry with the excellent moisture disbursement.
The Molded TPU Plate (Thermoplastic urethane) helped safe guard my feet from any hazards like rocks and tree limbs. The level of stability on uneven terrain was a great surprise to me. The TPU plate is a big help with this, keeping the ankles stable even on off camber uphill and downhill routes.
The amount of arch support is quite high for a trail runner. In fact after my first test, I had a cramp in my right arch that was rectified by taking out my orthotics and relying on the natural stability insoles and built in arch shanks that the shoes come standard with. The rebound heel and forefoot inserts also help with stability and support. They also provide shock absorption and allow the foot to quickly push off as you keep your turnover going.
The coolest thing about the Vasque’s is the BOA lacing system, which lets you dial in your precise fit, which was great for days that your feet are swollen when you hit the trail. You also never have to stop your run to tie your shoes making sure you keep your rhythm in stride.
The Aether Tech fit me true to size and width. My size 7 shoes weighed in at a mere 10 oz. For low light running, reflective accents allow you to be seen by others. For more information on the Aether Tech and other Vasque footwear, please visit www.vasque.com or www.amazon.com/vasque.