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buy mens shoes online cheap:New Balance Vazee Summit Q & A with Dominic Grossman

Dominic Grossman is an ultra runner and footwear tester for New Balance, and he’s giving us the scoop on the New Balance Vazee Summit (men’s, women’s) which will be landing here at Running Warehouse in early April. He seems to be just as excited about the shoe as we are.

How long have you been running? What’s your running background?

I started running road races when I was 13 (16 years ago). I ran my first 5k with a program called “Students Run LA” which provided race entries, coaching, and transportation to races leading up to the LA Marathon. After running my first Marathon at 14, I ran cross-country and track in high school and college, before finally transitioning to ultras 8 years ago

What was the inspiration behind the Vazee Summit?

We had multiple inspirations: the seamless fit of the New Balance 110 v1, the protective and balanced forefoot plate of the New Balance 101 (men’s, women’s) and the racing last of the New Balance 1400 (men’s, women’s). Everyone involved has run thousands of miles in these shoes, and it was our goal to meld these attributes into the Vazee Summit to make a true trail racer.

How does this shoe compare and expand upon the NB 110v2?

It’s not similar at all, other than being made of rubber, foam, and mesh! One of the great things about New Balance is how much they’re willing to completely re-invent a concept over and over. I would say the fit is much more precise and naturally shaped (using the 1400 last), the cushioning is more durable, the grip is increased (bigger and toothier lugs), and the all-around performance is on a world class level that excels in everything from Skyraces to mountain 100 milers to trail half-marathons.


What terrain and distance is the Summit best suited for?

Folks all over the world will enjoy the shoe just based off its fit and outsole. Its lugs are at home on the snowcapped peaks of the Rockies and Sierras, but if you run more firm hard-pack trails, you’ll find that the lugs are made of soft rubber and naturally break in to adapt to the terrain you run most.

What was the testing process like?

I am lucky to get to run all over the world testing shoes for New Balance, and I had some great miles in the Summits across the American West and the European Alps. However it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds. When we started with the initial prototype it was so heavy, loose fitting and stiff that when I took it out on a group run up Mt. San Gorgonio, I rolled my ankle so badly that I had to walk the last 6 miles off the mountain while my friends ditched me for food and beer. So, after that we tried thinning everything out, but the shoe still felt off and clunky. Eventually our dedicated brand manager Brendan Murray came to the rescue and made the argument to his bosses to go to the 1400 last. That singular move drastically changed the shoe and gave the developer Michael Buzon the ability to dial in the fit and make magic happen on a proper racing platform. The 3rd prototype that we did came out amazing (no more rolled ankles, see picture below from the first run), and we knew we had finally achieved our goal of creating a high performance trail racer.


The inaugural flight on June 11th, 2015.

Where did you test the Summit and how many miles did you put in them?

The San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California were the main proving ground. I spent hundreds of miles running steep and technical single-track, fast cruiser trails, big sustained climbs/descents, and even fire roads. Once we were on the 1400 last, I’d run something at breakneck pace and then text Mike some new ideas. We’d incorporate some minor tweaks as we learned more about the shoe, and eventually got to a very clean and precise design. I ran around 200 miles in my first pair, 450 in my second (100 of those at UTMB), and another 250 on my most recent pair, so I have personally put in almost a thousand miles in all together.

If you could use one word to describe your favorite feature of the Summit, what would it be and why?

Fit. I’m a much better runner when I’m flying down a trail in a shoe that locks my heel down, hugs my midfoot snugly, and still allows my toes to naturally splay. This is a shoe for people that want precision more than sheer volume.

What sets this shoe apart from other trail shoes on the market?

The conventional definition of minimalism has been in desperate need of reinvention, and this shoe does that very well. Minimalism used to mean just enough shoe to be able to finish a race, but not necessarily prevent injury. Instead, this shoe has a full 10mm drop that still allows natural proprioception (spoiler alert: these aren’t mutually exclusive concepts in the Vazee Summit). Since I’ve been running in the latest prototype, I’ve just been enthralled by running wild and free without knee, arch, ankle, hip, foot, etc. problems. I think this shoe redefines minimalism as the least amount of shoe to run well today, and tomorrow.

I do try out other shoes besides New Balance to see what other brands are doing, and I think that this shoe is the best at doing both day to day training and high performance racing.

What are some of your other favorite NB trail shoes?

I’m also really excited about our Fresh Foam Gobi coming out in the next few months which uses our Fresh Foam Zante (men’s, women’s) platform and adds some much needed lugs. I also have been known to do recovery runs in our stable and plush Leadville (men’s, women’s).

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