Published on October 23, 2015
New Balance Vazee Rush
There was something slightly disconcerting about the Vazee Rush when we first laid eyes on them; something about the shoe that seems not quite serious enough…
And that’s disconcerting coming from New Balance, a brand that RunningMonkey has invariably found to take running as seriously as we do. But let’s trot out that old ‘never judge a book by the cover’ cliché, because the Vazee Rush still deserves a deeper delve.
A neutral cushioning shoe, the Vazee Rush offers up a 6mm drop and a REVlite midsole construction, which promises a 30% reduction in weight (they come in at about 460g, pair, UK 8.5) Comfort proved exception on test. The Rush features a no-sew one-piece construction to the upper for a slipper-like feel with the tongue almost fully gusseted more in keeping with a trail shoe. Whilst slightly on the narrow side (something that actually suited RunningMonkey) they cradle the foot well and the deconstructed heel counter combined with decent spring towards the toe helps with the foot’s transition. Pure forefoot runners are less likely to benefit from the Vazee Rush design and tech, but should still appreciate just how good they feel on.
Underneath looks particularly techie with its pod-like multi-directional grip to midsole and more traditional grooves elsewhere but is really aggressive enough only for fairly mild weather. The whole grip has worn surprisingly quickly (sub-100miles) and rain-slick roads are already proving a challenge.
The lightweight meshed upper vents decently – though of course lets the weather in, something worth considering when it comes to British winter running – and the fairly rigid footbed sits snuggle to provide a gentle embrace. All this adds to the admirable comfort and fit, but we’re still left with the feeling that the Vazee Rush isn’t quite the serious shoe we hoped it would be.
As a basic training shoe – something that would serve as well for cross-training in the gym – the Rush delivers and will certainly see you through some miles of base-level training. Their styling and general comfort also makes them good for generally kicking about in (you know, just in case a race breaks out unexpectedly) and the £85 price-point won’t break the bank if you’re just looking for an extra pair of shoes so you can save your favourites for race day…
The New Balance Vazee Rush is available in blue or black (really more charcoal) for men and a rather nattier, bolder purple for women. Further details at newbalance.co.uk with the Rush also on sale at Wiggle.co.uk