Trail Runner magazine recognized the trail-blazing achievements of Vasque and their FootSync Fit Systemâ„¢ with the Editor's Choice award for best innovation. The FootSync Fit Systemâ„¢ is built on the premise, â€˜When the foot is in sync with the shoe, the runner is in sync with the trail'.
â€œWe, at Vasque are thrilled that the magazine by trail runners, for trail runners, appreciates the innovative results of our research,â€ says Brian Hall, FootSync designer and Vasque senior product manager. â€œWe really had to rethink footwear construction and how the foot, in motion, interacts with the shoe.â€
Fully-synced fit starts with the revolutionary Immerse 360â„¢ last. Whereas typical lasts are contoured on the top and flat on the bottom for ease in manufacturing, the Immerse 360 last matches the contours of the entire footâ€”360 degrees across the top and bottom.
Molded from the last, the Waveform S/Câ„¢ midsole has a matching contoured surface that mirrors the foot's overall shape with constant support that doesn't diminish over time.
Layered on top of the midsole, the shape-shifting Flux Foamâ„¢ strobel customizes fit and constantly adjusts to foot shape. Together, Waveform S/C and Flux Foam fully cradle the foot for ultimate fit.
FootSync also lets the runner get intimate with the trail, thanks to a lower midsole and a contoured surface. Factor in the elimination of the footbed, and FootSync reduces weight and cuts down the distance between your foot and the terrain, without sacrificing cushioning.
Amanda Kingston, a Trail Runner shoe tester from Missoula, MT, noticed the difference, saying, â€œI like the stability of being so close to the ground.â€
To neutralize the chaos of wildly varying terrain, every FootSync shoe includes a Synapse outsole. Using special outsole heel geometry, including a combination of rounded edges and tapered lugs, the Synapse conforms to uneven ground and hard impact angles instead of revolting against them. And it does so while maintaining lateral stability underfoot.
The Vasque Transistor FS is the first shoe to employ the FootSync System. Vasque's lightest trail runner to date, the Transistor FS is a nimble, high-tech shoe that combines a road-runner's upper with a trail-runner's body and soul. Weighing in at just 10.8-oz (men's 9, MSRP $100), the Transistor FS is quickly becoming a favorite of road and trail runners alike.
About Trail Runner Magazine
Big Stone Publishing produces Trail Runner magazine, the authority on off-road running. Trail Runner magazine inspires and informs with accurate, intelligent and in-depth writing and compelling photography. Written by trail runners (our staff has logged races and runs from 5K to 200-plus miles) for trail runners, we are the voice of the sport, and beginners and veterans alike depend on our well-researched articles. For more information visit www.trailrunnermag.com
About Editor's Choice Awards
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2010 as the recognized voice of the sport, Trail Runner has a long tradition of bestowing Editors' Choice Awards on outstanding products. We take pride in testing the latest gear for running trails, and our experienced staff and testers cover uncounted trail miles to determine the finest offerings, from shoes to hydration systems to apparel.
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.