my favorite shoe is la sportiva fireblades, however, last year on a few long and rockier runs through the northern utah mountains, my feet were a little tender and i wanted to try vasque's newer models. i decided to try this shoe for the spring/early summer and i am very please with its performance. i will definitely purchase this shoe again. it is pretty low profile yet has a decent amount of cushion for longer runs. handles a variety of terrain and has left my feet blister free after 3 long runs between ~ 20-40 miles. very light and porous. great for stream crossings as water will exit quickly. probably not so great if you tend to run on very sandy trails, as because it is so breathable the mesh takes in sand. i have pretty normal to slightly wide feet and it fits perfect. however, this might not be the best shoe for those with really narrow feet.