Today I tested my boots on a wet slippery rock hike. I had done this hike before with different boots and had to be super careful. This time I got a bit cocky since the tread was so much better causing two minor slips but what an incredible difference. I passed many people having a tough time and told them all to get VJ boots. I am really happy with these boots and hope VJ makes some insulated boots soon.
I just completed a Spartan Ultra in my VJ Ultra 2s. It was between them and Inov8 Trailfly 300s. While I liked the Inov8s, the Ultra 2s offered that quintessential VJ grip, giving me all the confidence for those technical trails and tricky descents.
I love the MAXxs, but wanted some more cushion. 32 miles later, my feet were still in great shape.
I own all of the different styles of VJs but the MaXX is my go to shoe! I wear them for all my training runs. I wear them for all my trail races. I wear them for most of my OCR races. I love the fit. I love the grip. I love the rock plate.
The VJ Ultra 2's were exceptional! I did my first Ultra Spartan Race on 9/15 and I was able to come in 1st place - and I give SO much credit to these shoes. I trained for 6 months in the same pair, never had to break them in, just ran and felt amazing! I ordered another pair, a week before my race, ran in them ONE TIME before my ultra and... believe it or not... I came in 1st place in my age group! The grip is unlike any other shoe we have tested, the comfort is next level and simply a game changer. If you aren't running in VJ Ultras... what are you even doing? Lol
22 miles of difficult uphill and technical downhill and I didn’t slip once. Best grip and control on the market.
I’m a competitive OCR athlete and was really excited for the XTMR2 from my Ultra2 (which I do love), but the lower drop, lighter weight, and higher lug was what I was going for with these newer pair of shoes. But SO, SOOO much more narrow!! Why?! And the laces are a different make; aren’t as locked in as the ultras (which never came untied) but they do on the XTRM2. They feel compromised and less stable. I mean, look at the size difference! Shave 1/3 the shoe off and sell it for more. So disappointing.
Much improved from original
These socks are super comfortable and take the abuse of an OCR no problem! Can’t wait to grab some more pairs.
I had to replace a pair of Asics that prematurely fell apart. I had purchased a pair of Xtrm a couple years ago so I looked into purchasing another. The MAXx shoes are comfortable, durable, and built to last more than 6 months. The fit is perfect. Although the shoes are a bit more pricey than I am usually willing to pay, these are well worth it since the shoes are sturdy. Great for walking, running, and cycling :)
Between the grip, the feedback from underfoot, the perfect fit from the fitlock system, the XTRM2 is a beast of an OCR shoe. Highly recommended this shoe to anyone that wants to be able to go full attack at any obstacle or trail run without losing confidence in their footing. This shoe continues to exceed what I ask of it!
Pick the "Top 10" trail shoes and I have run in them all. The MAXX is hands down THE BEST trail shoe I have ever had on my feet. Just enough cushion to keep it light and easy for long runs. Excellent drainage, perfect buoyancy to hold my feet up on the "swims" with a life vest letting my legs float to recover.
Being able to easily control my steps and not be forced to speed run down steeps was huge! I could pass huge swathes of people because my footing was sure while they had to be cautious or fall.
Climbing steeps - engage monster truck mode and power up! No hands or knees needed! Grip and GOOOOOOOOOO!
I changed my training, self care, salt intake, cold plunges - the shoe change to the MAXX's was the greatest icing on the cake I could have imagined.
The grip is amazing! The only downside is they are a little narrow and my pinkey toe developed a mean blister.
I really liked my original Ultras and wore them for several Spartan Beasts. My new ones are AWESOME! The wider toe box really improved the comfort of the shoes.
So comfy. I like the weight and grip of these.
I do a lot of trail running here in the wet and muddy green mountains. I needed a pair of trail runners for mud and puddles and a pair for deeper standing water or stream crossings. The Salomon’s are great for puddles and mud, but the Ultra 2’s are my go to shoes. They drain quicker, the soles are grippier on the wet rocks and I love that the Ultra 2’s sole, is actually 1/2” wider than the Speedcross, which mean’s significantly more foot stability on the trail. Wider sole means wider foot bed also, making the shoes extremely comfortable for your toes.
Obsessed with these shoes! Grippy and comfortable. Really allows great footing and give me an extra push with every step. Love the rock guard.
Love running in the VJ MAXx shoes for short distances races! They have amazing grip, don't slide around on your feet, and feel super comfortable!
I'm new into Adventure Racing, Obstacle Course Racing and Triathlons with a trail run. I did a lot of searching for a waterproof, comfy hiking shoe that is waterproof and has a grippy sole when wet. Upon receiving my shoes, I decided to put them to the test. First hike was in a torrential downpour. I wasn't wearing gaitors, so my pant legs were totally saturated. Returning home, I found my socks were wet! Hmmm, I thought they were supposed to be waterproof? Overnight, I dried the shoes, and next day, headed back out into the wet Green Mountains of Vermont. I stopped at a moving brook to put the shoes into the brook, up to about an inch from the upper top, and stood there for 3-4 minutes (See pic). End result is, dry feet. Prior day wet socks was caused by water saturation of my clothing and rain running into my shoes. I recommend these shoes!
These socks are the most comfortable I’ve ever worn. Bought for hiking and trail running in the Green Mountains of Vermont, I can encounter standing water, mud, rocks. No blisters and the wick away water and dry quickly. You can’t go wrong with these!
I heard VJs were the best grip in OCR and they bet well might be. Wet rocks, river crossings etc are no match for these shoes but I may have to remove a toe to enjoy them. I heard they were narrow but these are the narrowest shoes I've ever worn. I had to go a full size up and they still really bother my feet. I don't know that I can manage any more than a 5K in them because they just hurt too much. I do have wide feet and I generally run in Altras but I've worn Solomon and Innov8 and Saucony without too much trouble but these were narrower than evern my Ice Bugz which I also can't wear. I think these would be amazing if they were just a bit wider for us Hobbit footed people.
Not as good as advertised. My Saucony Perrigrins have a much better rope climb grip. Overall grip between the Peregrine and xtrm2 is about equal, Saucony may even be better for less money. We shall see about durability.
Ken, Spartan age group racer
Bought these on a recommendation from my friend. Seriously good shoes, ran the Chicago Savage blitz in them and they were a huge help with grip. Definitely recommend.