Spring 2013 Trail Running Shoe Review

  • By Allison Pattillo
  • Published Mar. 19, 2013
  • Updated May. 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM UTC

Vasque Pendulum, $110

Category: Rugged Mountain Runner/Versatile Cruiser
Weight: 10.9 oz (men’s).; 8.8 oz (women’s)

Fit: The Pendulum has a snug-fitting, moderate fit through from the heel to midfoot (but with a soft heel cup) and generous volume in the toe box combined for a secure, larger volume fit.

Feel: Asymmetrical lacing gives the upper a secure cinch, and a stout foam insole cradles your foot without feeling squishy, and somehow managing to deliver a firm ride.

Ride: Vasque has struck a balance between low-to-the-ground responsiveness and foot protection (with the addition of a TPU plate and moderate lugs) making for a protective, but enjoyable ride and secure striding on a variety of trails that didn’t leave testers feeling worse for wear at the end of a long run.

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