It’s the return of tempo. The first edition of New Balance’s Vazee Pace was one of my favorite shoes in 2015, and its sequel further improves the shoe with subtle updates. Designed as a snappy tempo shoe, the Vazee Pace v2’s firm volume allows you to run long distances without getting bogged down by cushioning. On paper, the Vazee v2 reproduces specs of the Fresh Foam Zante, but those who lace it up will find it’s a completely different shoe.
Overall, the Vazee Pace v2 is a versatile lightweight trainer that has emerged in 2016. Ideal for efforts in the 45 to 60-minutes, it’s durable enough for daily training and quick enough for quality workouts. A great add to any distance-training collection, it works well when complemented by a racing flat and high-volume shoe to round out your weekly rotation.