I raced the Big Bear Spartan in my new VJ ultras and they were great. Plenty of cushion and room in the toes. They handled the steep rocky terrain quite well. I highly recommend.
I ran the trifecta weekend at Big Bear, ca and all three race were in my Xtrm2 shoes. Surprisingly, all my toe nails remained. No blisters, bruises on feet, no pain. These shoes live up to their new name. Oh and they gripped and drained better too
They were the first shoe that wasn't even close to my foot fitting into a size 11 I tried two sizes and ultimately just too small I did purchase the xtrm and fits great
I had really high hopes for the trail runners. Unfortunately, I found them to be very uncomfortable. I had originally exchanged for a larger size (they run extremely small) but even with proper sizing, I had SEVERAL blisters and hot spots. The ground grip was great, but again, comfort level terrible and I literally felt every stick and rock underfoot.
The Spark is designed for Ground Feel with no rock plate and a responsive midsole! The fact that felt the ground underfoot is by design.
I ran the Fayetteville ultra and got 3rd place age group and I absolutely love these shoes . These will be my go to from now on i highly recommended they are light weight, great in mud, and amazing traction !
Light, tight, and ready for flight. ✈️
For real, this shoe fits the foot well, no shift in the forefoot. Mega traction with the butyl rubber. Light and fast with just enough drop. My go to OCR shoe. Just buy a pair, no need to read more reviews. Have a nice day
I sometimes have trouble with the forefoots/toeboxes of shoes being too narrow. Sometimes they just don't work (which is regretfully most of the VJs I've tried through the years), but sometimes with breaking them in or using a shoe-stretcher they can be made to work. I'm REALLY happy that the shoe stretcher worked on the XTRM2s (and also the Sparks), as these shoes are the best in every other way. They are now my go to racing shoes. Finally I can be a VJ guy for all the right reasons.
Disappointing i didn't really get to put the shoe out for a trial. Arrived and shoe was at least 1/2 size or even 1 size too small! Tried it on and it was extremely tight and too small. Doesn't seem to have the width of other cushioned shoes. Seem more narrow and sleek which isn't necessarily a problem but just a comment on how it looked. Was keen to try it on the trails but as said couldn't as shoe was way too small to even try out. Did consider whether i could bear it out and try but couldn't even take more then 10-20 steps with it due to size.
So big advise.....SIZE UP. Not the cheapest shoe compared to similar level shoes too so disappointed didn't have that chance.
The grip on this shoe is unreal - unfortunately, I'll never get to try it out on the trail. I found the shoe to be confined in the toe box and extraordinarily narrow in the midfoot to the point where my left foot was hurting just from wearing it while seated for 10 minutes. I would consider my foot to be average to slightly narrower than average, especially in the mid-foot and heel. My pinky toes curl outward a bit and I'm pretty sure they'd be inflamed from even a short walk in these shoes. They were moderately irritated from just a short walk in the house when trying these shoes on. Back to the drawing board for me.
The XTRM2 is a precision weapon that most people find very comfortable. We are sorry they did not work for you!
I will always be a have fan of VJ Shoes! The Ultras are by far my favorite of Adventure Racing shoe but disappointed they canceled the ambassador program. I was proud to be an ambassador ever since they came to the US. Still huge fan of the Ultra for its cushion and the MAXx for the best overall traction and medium comfort.
Finally a shoe that fits snug and secure out of the box. Plenty of toe box room amazing traction, and they dry relatively quick!
The toe box has an amazing amount of room, great for downhill pounding. Lugs are a good size & color combo is fire 🔥
These shoes are legit. They’re so comfortable both when active and not. I run in them constantly. I love em!
I have so many friends that run in VJ’s and promote them, that I finally gave in and ordered a pair. They look great and have great grip. I ran in them for a couple short runs, didn’t love them or hate them. Took them on a 10 miler and my feet did not feel good and the whole rest of the day my feet hurt so bad. I don’t think I can ever put them on again. I am really sad about this… I don’t know specifically know what the problem is. My whole foot just hurt in a weird way. Wish I could return them...
I don't know that I'll race in another brand of OCR shoe again. The new, wider XTRM is SO comfortable, extremely light, and still feels well cushioned. Unrivaled grip, as always. No slipping on slick mossy rocks, damp downed trees, leafy trails, anything. My feet don't feel stifled and stuffy but also feel protected. Absolutely in love.
I didn't need to go a size up on these, I noticed no amount of mud would pull them off, I did not have to hesitate in mud. They are narrow mid foot or arch so a wide version would be awesome, I put more supportive insoles in them.
XTRM2! What an update!! Fits my foot very well, true to size and more room in the toe box compared to the original version. Definitely my go to OCR shoe up 1/2 marathon distance . The MAXx is still currently my favorite for greater distances. Nothing beats the grip of VJShoes 👊
These have gotten better with each run!! So impressed and need more for back up.
The XTRM were too narrow for me so I wasn't a fan.
I went up a 1/2 size on the XTRM2 felt so much better especially with a wider toe box. The grip and the rock plate is everything I need for trail running and OCR.
They really seem to mean only a very tiny bit of extra space, and I don't have a particularly wide foot. I found these to be extremely narrow in the toe box relative to my INOVs, let alone my Altras which my toes tend to swim in. I didn't own the original XTRM so I can't use those as a basis for comparison. Going to try sizing up to see if that helps at all -- hoping it does since the shoe seems to be amazing from the combination of a low-drop and grip standpoint.
Great traction, roomy toe box, and great cushion for those longer runs!
I love the performance of VJ Shoes. I have purchased one pair of the IRock 3, one pair of the MAXX, two pairs of the XTRM, and now just purchased the XTRM 2. This review is to try and help others get the correct size. If I have any frustration with VJ Shoes it’s that all of these shoes fit differently. I sized up one full size for the XTRM and for the IRock 3 and that was perfect. I didn’t size up at all for the MAXX! So when I made this purchase for the XTRM 2, I sized up one full size thinking it would fit like the XTRM. One size was to much so 1/2 size up would be perfect.
I ran Charlotte in these right out of the box and I loved them. However, my foot was a bit loose so I will be getting another pair, just 1/2 size smaller.
Love the new color!
The best all around trail shoes. Bulletproof shoes and unbeatable tread!
I’ve tried many different OCR shoes, and VJ shoes are by far my favorite! MAXx is fantastic!
So many great qualities and improvements to this new version of the XTRM. Out of the box the feel was so much better/ comfortable! I even raced an OCR right out of the box with confidence. Still the same durability, but a much more improved upper that is super comfortable. Now with a semi- gussetted tongue with new material lays on the foot perfect and now stays right in place. The shoe cradles the foot very well and a new designed heel counter is softer and comfortable. Was able to race with confidence through some nasty mud thanks to the best grip and shoe fit.