The New Balance Vazee Pace is here to gain part of the lightweight performance market share lost with last editions of the 890 saga, mainly with the not so popular 890 v5. With just 6 mm drop, firm cushioning and outstanding response, the Vazee Pace is a merge between a racing flat ready for speed workouts and a lightweight trainer that can handle everyday mileage.
New Balance is slightly moving from number based to name based models. Boston's brand successfully launched disruptive Fresh Foam collection several months ago and Vazee one is a step forward. The Vazee Pace combines an evolution of the Zante's upper with one piece REVlite foam in the midsole. Upper mesh is highly breathable and features a tighter, more secure midfoot than mentioned Zante's. Fans of other New Balance running shoes can recognize the REVlite foam from popular racing flats like 1400 v3.
One of the most interesting technologies in the Vazee Pace is the "deconstructed" heel counter instead of the usual rigid plastic piece to provide some flexibility when featuring stability and great fit from the rearfoot. Several reflective elements (including lateral logos) deliver good visibility under poor light conditions. There is a New York city edition for those runners who fall in love with the city which organizes World's most popular marathon.