Vasque Mindbender GTX–($130)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010

2010 Winter Running Shoe Review

For a protective, waterproof shoe that features a burly outsole, a buffering toe bumper and a high level of support and stability from the midsole, the Mindbender’s “wow” factor is that it managed to deliver all of that in a light and responsive package. Testers recommended the Mindbender for rough terrain and steep trails, noting that the firm midsole prevented stones from pushing through under the footbed. The fit is geared more toward lower-volume feet, and the flex of the rather rigid sole makes them too clunky for roads.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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