Customer Reviews

Based on 469 reviews
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Artix
Lu Telford
Best Hiking Boot Ever!!

I have never had such a light weight, comfortable, supportive hiking boot on my feet before Artix!! And so amazing they are waterproof so I can tromp around the snow, water and ice without worrying about cold wet feet!! YAY!! And of course they have that great VJ grip to keep me on my feet and not slipping!! Love Artix!!!

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Ultra 2
Daryl Good
A little stiff and firm.

Didn’t mind the stiffness as much as the firmness. Was expecting a little more cushion. Already had the XTRM and wanted something more cushioned. Not as comfy as I’d hoped.

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XTRM 2
April Kabes
Love!!!

Love these shoes! More space in the toe. Trained in these for Worlds Toughest Mudder 2023. Definitely recommend!

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Ultra 2
Yerlan
Really fine grip

Actually I haven't run really long distances in these shoes yet, but I immediately noticed the fine grip on various trail surfaces. Sneakers are a bit stiff, desirable for a trained foot. But the feet in them are good, comfortable. There is a small minus - these sneakers are a little hot on the feet due to the limited breathability. For hot weather, it may be better to look for another option. In the future I want to buy xtrm2 and icehero

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Ice Hero - Men's
John Clark
Great for Alaska

Love these for my runs and walking the dog.

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Ultra
ramon
so far so good

so far so good. ordered a half a size bigger and the fit is spot on. no trail running yet. will be testing in two weeks at the spartan race running the beast and super. and yes, will not break in prior to the race. with the wider toe box, i think i’m good

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XTRM 2
Brad Hunt
Run Like a Deer

As I was training for the OCRWC, I had a desire to get lighter, more agile trail shoes for the race. The trail runners I had seemed bulky and that's all I could think about while running. I checked out the VJ XTRM 2's while at the OCRWC, tried them on, jogged around a bit, and fell in love with them. These shoes felt like they wanted to run! In fact, I felt like a deer running in them, as they were so light with a great fit. I purchased them the day before I raced, wore them all day to "break them in," and actually raced in them the following day. I know, that is usually a huge mistake. You don't run in shoes you bought the day before the race! But it all worked out for me as my feet felt so light with superior grip on challenging terrain. I also wore them at the War X OCR which had plenty of water. The VJ XTRM 2's were incredible in the water as well. I look forward to every training trail run now with my VJ XTRM 2's.

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MAXx
Rusko M.
Love these shoes

Did Savage Race in Georgia with these. They did great job for me.
This pair is my second one (backup).
I will do one more ORC (Tough Mudder) at least with the first pair. Washed them after race, they are like new.

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MAXx
Alfredo Montes
As good as always

This is my favorite model of VJs. Well rounded and fit true to size. Wore them for WTM 2021 and had no issues. Just bought a second pair for WTM 22 and they feel as good as always.

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XTRM 2
Lu Telford
It must be love, love love 😍

WOW! I am so in love with the XTRM2! What an amazing shoe! It has it all…comfort, durability, rock plate, soft heel and of course that AMAZING #bestgripontheplanet 🦑. It is my go to for obstacle course racing and trail running!! Oh and I have to mention....they have a ROPE LOCK in the mid sole for gripping ropes! 👏🏼 Thank you VJ, you knocked this one out of the park!!!

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Ultra 2
Kelly
My go to shoes!

Have been running in my VJ Ultra II's for about a month now, and they are my "go to shoes"! This is my 4th pair of VJ's and having ran in many different brands and "models" it would be hard for me to use anything else. The updates were just what was needed with the exception that I still think something needs to be done with the tongue, a little more length and some padding would go a long way for more comfort and yes, I know it would add a little more weight, but it would be worth it. Overall, it would take something pretty special to make me buy something else!

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MAXx
Lori Alley

Love these but not enough cushion. The grip is amazing. Hoping they last longer than the Ultras, I wore out 3 pairs since April, mostly running mountains with granite.

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XTRM 2
Anthony Iannone
Awesome!

Phenomenal job!

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Ultra 2
Daniel Herman
Order size up

I have ALL the VJs and these are the only ones a bit tight in the box, more so than the Ultra 1

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XTRM 2
Marco A Palacios
The Best

Can’t wait to test them at the OCRWC

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MAXx
Jerry Santiago
Cool shoes

Shoes is amazing! Love the colorway too

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Ultra 2
C.W.
Not as plush and comfy as lead to be for 10+ miles

Bought these for runs longer than 10 miles and after several long runs I have found myself going back to the vj maxx instead of the ultra 2 the shoe is great for grip but just is not as comfy as the maxx.

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XTRM 2
Dustin Achey
Even better than the original

I brought these to replace the original xtrm and I feel they are better. More comfortable, more room in the toe box. Still the greatest grip. If your original xtrms are getting tired upgrading to these is a great idea

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MAXx
Clay Nichol
4th pair

These shoes are the best one-shoe-does-it-all trail shoe I have found. It is the ideal shoe for long days, especially with lots of mixed terrain. I have two other models of VJs, both excellent; but, the MAXx are the ones I find myself defaulting to more often than not. Have done the Oachitas, Ozarks, Massanutten,White, and Blue Ridge in these, and they have performed beautifully every time: wet, dry, cold, hot, you name it. Hope they make them forever. Just don’t wear them on the kitchen floor or you will get in trouble!

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XTRM 2
W.
After some modification…

So, I prefer to run in sandals… But when a shoe is required, VJ‘s are the shoe of choice. Like others have commented; a fine shoe but a tight toebox. I felt the only option to solve the issue was to perform surgery on the material covering the top of the shoe, as well as removal of the insoles. It was that or toss them out. They don’t look pretty, but now…they work, and are my ‘go to’; even on the road. The sole is fantastic, and after hundreds of miles…little to no wear down. Before pulling the trigger on these, I would order (2) pairs…one 1/2 size up, the other a whole size up; keep the best fitting one. To the designers: there’s room to tweak this shoe, and its in the toebox. Because of the mid-foot fit (of which is the best in the business), if the toe area is opened up (even considerably), the foot would not slide inside the shoe, and be…well…perfect.

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Ultra 2
Derek Grout
Excellent dynamics and traction over19 technical miles.

I broke my VJ Ultra's in on this year's 19 mile Escarpment Trail Race. I appreciated the rock plate and extra cushioning over such a long and technical course. The soles grip like a mountain goat and I had no PF pain or ankle fatigue. The rubber is starting to peel away from the toe of the shoe, just a little bit at this point though. Otherwise a wise investment for any trail runner.

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XTRM 2
M.H.
Had my doubts, but they deliver!

I already have a pair of Ultras (and now the Ultra 2), but I had several people rave about these to me, so decided to try a pair. I honestly had my doubts since the fit was so different than the Ultra, and I was really worried about the width of the toe box (I'm very sensitive to that). Did a couple short trail runs with them, and then took them out for a very hilly Rugged Maniac (at a motocross track) this past Saturday. Absolutely amazing, and LOVED them. So insanely grippy. While people in regular sneakers were sliding down the hills, I literally (just to see if it would work) stopped my run down in the middle, and stood on the hill, not sliding at all. Decent drainage too for sure. These are definitely going in my OCR rotation.

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Ultra 2
Woodruff Holm

Ultra 2

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Ultra 2
Michelle Hedstrom
Great Grip!

Been wearing these for trail running since they came out, and they fit just like the Ultras. The grip is fantastic, and have had 0 issues on the trails in Colorado. I'm still giving them a 5 star even though they don't drain super well because I knew that going in. Wore them at Savage Chicago this past weekend (flat course), and they were great on the obstacles, but like I said, don't drain great. Definitely takes a little extra time for the water to get out. BUT I still love them enough where honestly after the initial "oh they work like this," I didn't even notice it at any of the other water obstacles. I'll definitely keep wearing them on the trails, and looking to take them to OCRWC as well. I had to size up an extra 1/2 size. I have the XTRM 2 and have those in a 9, but for these had to get a 9.5.

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Spark
Paul Greenidge
Spartan running shoes

Excellent shoes soupier gripping for down hill running but you must start making you shoes in wide I hate I had to get a size to big for me 13 wide is perfect and hard down you will have the best shoes on the planet