Making its debut appearance at Winter Outdoor Retailer, the Mindbender GTX trail running shoe, developed in partnership by Vasque footwear and W.L. Gore, is an incredible fitting Gore-TexÂ® trail running shoe which hits the market and the trails in 2010.
The Mindbender GTX is the first style to launch utilizing a specific new fit enhancing Gore construction, the new GORE-TEXÂ® conformable laminate technology.
The innovative and revolutionary new Vasque Mindbender GTX offers the trail runner the best scenario possible, waterproof protection in a superb fitting shoe. This is accomplished through the application of a new pattern that utilizes a stretch component panel to create a custom bootie exclusive to the Mindbender shoe specification. The panel is located over the metatarsal heads and the tongue allowing for greater flex and freedom of motion in the forefoot. Additionally the gusset folds are eliminated by the use of a floating tongue design which reduces weight and makes for an even better fit.
Customers will appreciate the attributes of the Mindbender GTX (MSRP $145) that deliver a supreme fit in a nimble, streamlined shoe with less bulk.
â€œWe were excited to be able to move quickly to adopt this new concept from our partners at WL Gore. Our collaboration on this style speaks to our mutual technology and performance orientation,â€ says Chris Speak, Vasque Brand Manager. â€œWe appreciate Gore's shared commitment of producing the best products possible.â€
Vasque is proud to announce the Mindbender is already a favorite of top ultra runner and Vasque athlete, Krissy Moehl. Moehl wore the Mindbenders for her second place finish at the Western States Endurance Challenge in the summer of 2009 and to set the women's winning record at Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in France. Both courses had grueling terrain, with everything from 100 degree plus temperatures, river and snowfield crossings, screams, rocks, steep ascents and harrowing descents, and she was able to wear the same pair in each race, start to finish without once touching her laces.
"Both efforts took a toll on my body for the weeks following, I was thankful to not have to tend to or worry about healing my feet,â€ states Moehl.
The complete Vasque product line will be on display at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Trade Show, booth 12001.
For over 40 years, Vasque has crafted high-quality, performance-driven footwear for the outdoor market with a line that includes specialized footwear for trail running, crossover, hiking, backpacking, alpine pursuits and kids. With an unyielding commitment to innovation, Vasque focuses on fit and world-class performance as the core pillars in every product they produce. Company product-testing takes place through a team of exceptional athletes who report directly from trails all over the world, resulting in product that withstands the test of time and the hardest conditions and wear. To illustrate the â€œVasque Fitâ€ story, the company has brought on the Master of Fitâ„¢ to narrate, in a series of videos, exactly what it takes to become an award-winning footwear manufacturer.
To view the Master of Fit in action visit www.youtube.com/user/vasquefootwear.
For more information on all Vasque products, go to www.vasque.com.