Vasque Pendulum, $110
10.9 oz.; 8.8 oz.
Fit: The Pendulum has a snug-fitting, moderate fit through from the heel to midfoot (but with a soft heel cup) and generous volume in the toe box combined for a secure, larger volume fit.
Feel: Asymmetrical lacing gives the upper a secure cinch, and a stout foam insole cradles your foot without feeling squishy, and somehow managing to deliver a firm ride.
Ride: Vasque has struck a balance between low-to-the-ground responsiveness and foot protection (with the addition of a TPU plate and moderate lugs) making for a protective, but enjoyable ride and secure striding on a variety of trails that didn’t leave testers feeling worse for wear at the end of a long run.