Many trail shoes struggle in typically British conditions but, with the New Balance Vazee Summit Trail, New Balance has got it absolutely right. It looks and feels simple, yet it’s thoughtfully designed. The seam-free Fantom Fit upper is light and breathable, with good protection all around the foot. The fit is precise through the heel and midfoot, enhanced by a foot-hugging tongue, but there’s enough room in the toe box for comfort on longer runs. The Hydrohesion rubber outsole with multi-directional lugs grips well, and it’s cushioned enough that even short stretches of road are enjoyable. 10mm drop.
VERDICT: Outstanding comfort and performance. The perfect trail shoe.