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Product Description

From narrow niche to broad-based believers. Mindbender took people by surprise. Created specifically as a long-distance warrior, the stable but agile Mindbender quickly caught on with a much wider audience.

But let's start at the beginning: there's nothing harder on the feet than endurance trail running. While the terrain constantly changes throughout a race, so do a runner's feet. To accommodate the natural spread and movement of the forefoot, not to mention the inevitable swelling during distance events, the Mindbender features the Perpetuum last coupled with a wider toe box.

The shoe was promptly embraced by the distance community, going on to set the women's course record at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. But of course stability, agility, and fit appeal to more than just the ultra crowd. Today the Mindbender is worn by a wide range of trail runners, thru-hikers, fast packers, and general comfort seekers alike.


26mm heel/14mm forefoot/12mm drop

Fit Profile: The Mindbender is built on the Perpetuum last. This last is formed on a straighter line for people with flatter feet, with a broad toe box, tailored instep, and a lower heel volume than the Arc Tempo's medium volume. The last is stable and comfortable for going the distance, and the broad toe box is ideal for endurance activities because it allows the forefoot to expand naturally. A tailored instep locks the foot securely in place to minimize foot movement, reducing friction. The Perpetuum last works great on your feet all day, whether running, hiking, or standing.

Additional Info
EVA , Outdoor , Running , Trail Running
Weight: 11.5 oz(Size 9)
Fit: Perpetuum Last (See Fit Profile)

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Wears this shoe: work
not best ride Ive had
By Anonymous, from GA | April 04, 2013
I don't run but walk multiple miles in my job every day with occasional sprints here and there. Wore these shoes few weeks and were fairly comfortable but was experiencing some back pain. Probably totally unrelated however I switched back to my 8 month old Brooks shoes with many miles on them and they were still much ligher, more cushion and comfortable. I know they are trail shoes and supposed to be firmer but not best for me all day running up stairs and through hospitals and parking lots.
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Wears this shoe: All the time
Great shoe!
By DesertDog, from Tucson, AZ | December 19, 2012
True to size, great looking, super comfortable.
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Wears this shoe: Casual shoe for work or walking
trail runners
By Ric, from Kansas | April 09, 2012
I bought these shoes for walking and casual wear. I don't run on trails (unless I'm being chased by a bear!) I liked the looks of the shoes and I read good reviews of other Vasque products and decided to give them a try. I haven't worn them that much yet, but they are very comfortable and since I work in a middle school, they get comments from students (positive comments!) If they hold up well, I'd get another pair at some point in the future.
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Fine footwear from Vasque
By Ben, from Buffalo, NY | October 16, 2010
This seems to me to be a lighter weight update of the venerable Vasque Mercury... the same sole and amazing stability with a lighter weight upper and more breathable material. I walk in them but as a former runner for many years, I think it would be a superior trail running shoe. I am size 14 and it fits fine (not true for all Vasque shoes). btw, there is also a GTX version of this product which is equally comfortable.
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Vasque Mindbender

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