The Vasque Mindbender ($110) shoe is advertised as – “A light, rock solid shoe that will take you miles and miles.” It was originally launched in the Spring of 2010. Since that time, there have been few reviews on this shoe (which was surprising to discover).
Great overall look and feel on the foot. I found the toe box to be normal (not quite like the Velocity 2.0). I immediately liked the overall fit, stability, and comfort. It’s not a light shoe (coming in at around 12.85 oz), but it did “feel” light on the feet. It has a 13 mm drop. Let’s examine the shoe in the pictures below.
I enjoyed testing the Mindbender. It is a stability shoe. When you think about a stability shoe, you envision that it is heavy and stiff. I did not experience this with the Mindbender. It felt great on runs ranging from 20 to 30+ miles.
It worked well in cold (not snow), warm, wet, and muddy conditions. With the Blur outsole, it gripped the mud without any issues. It drained very well when wet on the trail. In the “lab” (evaporation test), the Mindbender tested as a “Great” rating. The upper material is highly breathable.
- Forefoot Measurement – 20 mm
- Heal Measurement – 33 mm
- Drop – 13 mm
- Non-gusseted tongue
- Stability Shoe
- Perpettum Last
- Rock Plate (Forefoot)
- Midsole – Dual Density EVA
- Upper – Nylon/Synthetic
- Made In – China
The Vasque Mindbender has not been significantly updated since its 2010 release. The runner who is looking for a stable yet responsive shoe will like the Mindbender. The runner with flatter feet may find the Mindbender worth a try with their Perpetuum last (although not a requirement – I have normal arches). I would use the Mindbender as an everyday trainer and in all race distances. The only recommendation would be to make it lighter (10 oz range) maybe by thinning the midsole and having 10 mm drop (or less). The Mindbender wants to be a racing shoe with the support of an everyday trainer.