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    Based on 605 reviews
    Not as much ankle support as I hoped.

    Not as much ankle support as I hoped. I’m used to wearing White’s Smoke Jumper, but I do like the flat sole.

    Jenny Overstreet
    Loving the new foam!

    Same great grip as version 1 but much more comfortable. I feel like I can actually do ultras in them!

    Robert Kane
    VJ MAXx2 - Definitely Recommend

    I'm a big fan of these shoes. First pair of VJs and I'm not disappointed. I usually wear US size 10, I took the website's recommendation of going a half size down ( I also have slightly wide feet), and these still fit perfectly.

    Job Campbell

    (+) Grip fine (eg equivalent to vibram litebase). Nice bounce in foam. Lightweight. ( - ) Gusseted tongue bunches up and puts pressure on top of foot (ended up cutting out the fabric). Minimal breathability so shoe gets waterlogged in hot/humid weather or rain. Overall: Kjerag the better shoe in this price range.

    Mathew Mullens
    Sizes are off

    I get the exact same size in these shoes that I got last time and they are different sizes. Plus when I sent back and got the size up, they are still smaller than the first time I got them. But they work and I do enjoy the grip of them on walls and such. Don’t do great in sloppy mud but that’s to be expected. Would want to go with bigger lugs for muddier corses but these are great for dry courses or just not sloppy or hilly. Would recommend but only if you can try on at store. Ordering online is a crap shoot on if you’ll get some that fit.

    Heather Bode
    All of the comfort and all of the grip!

    I typically run in the Maxx's for longer distances, Xtrms for shorter, so I thought I'd try something new with the Lightspeeds. I absolutely love them! They're very light and incredibly springy, so comfortable that I was almost concerned the same grip wouldn't be there, but sure enough I was able to bomb downhill confidently with plenty of that wonderful VJ grip.
    I'm not used to so much comfort with all of the performance in a trail shoe, it's great!

    Bethany Adams

    The VJ Lightspeed are a great running shoe. They are also a fit for road running. Nice cushioning.

    Pavle Jovanovic
    Not my choice for race day. Impractical for training.

    - LOOKS: Personally, I think the shoe looks beautiful. It's very sleek and stylish. The color palette works really well together. Paired with some black socks, people are going to let you straight up to the front of the starting line looking like a badass. Even the VJ logo on the heel looks great.
    - SPEED: The shoe is lightweight and you can't help but feel fast in these shoes.
    - CUSHION: The PerFORMance is a nice touch and makes every step reminiscent of running in soft clay.
    - ROCK PLATE: Can't leave home without it.

    - STIFF AND HIGH ANKLE UPPERS: I've ran 25 miles in these shoes, and I've wanted to love them. However, for the entire duration of my runs, I am feeling the the high and stiff upper material cutting into my ankles on the outside of both of my feet. I'm not kidding. Both of my ankles have the skin rubbed off of them through the sock from these shoes. I cannot believe I paid $200 for a pair of shoes that don't feel like they went through quality control. I looked online and there are public reviews off the VJ website that are complaining of the same thing, so I don't feel alone on this issue. I am not wearing these shoes for another mile. They do not work for me. I can't imagine having to cringe while running in these during a race.
    - WHITE TRAIL RUNNING SHOES: Dear VJ Shoes, who are you making these shoes for? VJ Shoes became popular in American OCR racing around the time when Jon Albon wore the XTRM shoes during his million dollar race event with Spartan. The XTRM shoe was made with Jon Albon and released for fell, OCR, and trail running. Years later, the MAXx became popular, another shoe built for the rough conditions of OCR Racing. You could throw any terrain and weather at these shoes and you would be ok. Enter, VJ Lightspeed, a light material, all white shoe released by the company previously known for durable and tough shoes. This shoe seems out of left field for a rugged audience you have cultivated for decades. It's supposed to be a Race Day shoe, but I don't know what race I would bring these to. The white shoes get dirty so quickly. I am self conscious about bringing a $200 white trail running shoe out to any terrain just to come back with what look like dirty white socks. I couldn't imagine wearing these during a Spartan Race. That would be like killing a Unicorn with a bomb.

    Pavle - I'm sorry the shoes do not work with your ankle set up. We have no complaints from other customers on the cushion or fit of the ankle collar. The Lightspeed is not marketed as an OCR shoe, so the whole comparison you make is not valid. These are fast trail running shoes and you knew they were white when you bought them. If you didn't care for the color, you should not have purchased.

    Lori Alley
    VJ Maxx on granite

    Okay VJ, you answered my prayers. I run almost exclusively on granite slopes and gravel roads (carriage trails). I LOVED and needed the grip of your past shoes but always wanted more cushion like a regular running shoe. The VJ Maxx 2 has it all, it grips better than any other shoe I've tried, even on wet granite. But I can run all day now because they're so well cushioned, and I can switch to carriage road running when the route calls for it. Don't change a thing!!!!!!

    Thomas Hutchison
    Another great shoe from VJ!

    Fellow runners! I’m not really like you. I’m older, retired and more of a strength athlete. I’ve purchased VJ based on my perception that their foam soles out-perform other shoes. In my opinion, other shoes like Altra use low quality cushy foam and my big toes over flex into the foam. Hoka just used a lot of foam. But VJ is cushioned but not too flexible. Toe box is excellent. Heal trap is so much better than lower quality shoes-no twisted ankles. Lightspeed is my favorite-you simply need to try them. An incredible shoe from an industry leader for super technical runners and guys like me who appreciate quality. Now, put a road tread on them and double your market share

    Really is the best grip

    For technical running over wet rocks and roots, there really isn't a better outsole available.

    Ulises Ramos
    Excellent Shoes for OCR.

    I bought the shoes for a Spartan Race and the shoes met and exceeded my expectations. The build quality and materials are fantastic for the rough and high stress that is put on them when running, jumping, swimming, climbing and all the other activities that happen during an Obstacle course race. i am very pleased with these shoes, i know they should last me for many races more if i follow the simple and care and cleaning instructions. Great Pair of shoes to have if you are serious about OCR and other all terrain races.

    Candace Simpson
    Best VJ Shoes Yet!

    I have worn almost every shoe that VJ has come out with and have to say that the MAXx 2’s are by far the best shoes from them so far! Don’t get me wrong, I loved all of the other shoes as well, but these are so comfortable and have the perfect toe box size. I would feel comfortable wearing these for anything from a 5k all the way up to an ultra!

    nate yoder
    Great shoe

    Light weight, comfortable shoe, good response on the trails, grip seem to do good so far.


    Vj always surprised me
    I think Lightspeed is the best pair trail shoes I have
    True to size
    Awesome design
    Thank you Vj

    Lu Telford
    Soooo this is love!!!

    I was a die hard fan of the original MAXx and must admit was a bit nervous about a new model…but WOW 🤩! MAXx2 is a huge upgrade!! This is my go to trail shoe now! My feet are so happy with every run!! It’s definitely the upgrade I didn’t know I needed but am so thankful for!!!


    Very light weight and responsive. Feels great on the feet. Have run on various terrain from sand, gravel, roots and hard rock to roads. Very true to size.

    Jason Vaughan
    Right direction

    Best shoe vj has put out imo. Grip is awesome as always the maxx2 is prob the widest shoe they offer right now. It’s been my new fav trail shoe. I had to size down from other vj shoes. Cushion is about the same as previous model but the upper makes this shoe much better. I have the spark maxx and ultra also to compare, I doubt they will get much use now.

    Pavle Jovanovic
    Major Downgrade from MAXx

    I've written in the past that the VJ MAXx original is the best technical trail shoe on the market. I still feel that way. I thought that they struck gold with the shoe. When I saw there was a new version, I was skeptical, but I wanted to see what updates had been made to my favorite shoe.
    Unboxing the shoe, my first thought was "How is this shoe even considered in the MAXx family?". The shoe is ugly. The shoe looks like the parts were designed by different people and then sewn together.
    Ok, so it's ugly. I'm going to cover these in mud anyways and all muddy shoes look the same. I ran my hands over the shoe and felt disappointed with the sturdiness of the upper when compared to the MAXx original. Again I thought, how is this in the same family as the original? I have doubts that the durability of this shoe's upper will last like the unbreakable originals which can easily make 400 miles. The upper feels like a thin sheet of paper in comparison.
    Well, let's at least take these puppies for a run. As soon as I put the shoes on I had noticed the most fatal change that makes these shoes unwearable. The Fitlock had moved about 1/2 an inch towards the ankle from where it is on every other VJ shoe. Maybe I'm one of the rare people that have a bone coming out by the arch of your foot, but the new Fitlock location sits right on the bone and it is extremely uncomfortable. I'm not masochistic enough to attempt a run in these shoes as I felt pressure and pain just while lacing up.
    To give some positive feedback, I do think sewing the tongue to the upper is a great idea. The original VJ MAXx's tongue twists slightly during runs and I think the additional security would result in a more comfortable run.

    TLDR; Very disappointed in the direction of this shoe. If this was released as a new shoe and not part of the MAXx line, I might have been less disappointed.

    Sorry for your expereince with the MAXx2. However, this is not the response we are getting from an overwhelming majority of reviewers and customers. All of the most die-hard MAXX fans have loved the new MAXx2. It is universally acknowledged as an upgrade in all facets of shoe design, technololgy, fit and most importantly, feel.

    Peter Burnham

    Very comfortable and light weight, The best pair For long run buy far. Wearing this weekend at Obstacle wonderland 6 hr multi lap

    Lane Jackson
    Light, cushion, well made and hella sticky!

    Great shoes. Def some of the grippiest I’ve ever worn and cloudy comfort

    Aaron Marshalek
    First run review.

    First trail run in the VJ MAXx2 went well. They are much more cushioned than the ultra 2. I wear a 12 1/2 in the ultra 2, I ordered a 12 in the max two they are still about a half size 2 large but will work perfect for long runs in Gingy to socks with the liner. Overall my first impression on Rocky hilly muddy terrain is that the grip is excellent the shoes fit well with the fit and overall I will be wiring these on my next hundred mile trail race. The hellbender 100 in May.

    Adrienne Doherty
    Another great upgrade

    The Maxx 2 are a solid upgrade from the originals that I also love. The comfort is next level and the perfect amount of cushion for long runs (or any length run, really). I ordered a half size up from what my typical shoe size is and I like the fit since my feet tend to swell on longer trail runs. Definitely a top pick in my VJ rotation now.

    elliot koch

    I wore new max for a few trail runs, Comfert is awesome but shoes have defects

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