Customer reviews for Columbia Men's Conspiracy™ Vapor

Columbia Men's Conspiracy™ Vapor

The lightest member of the Conspiracy family, the Vapor has a minimalist mesh upper with a protective rubber screen-print for added durability. Breathable and low-profile, this flexible multi-sport shoe features a 3mm offset and cushioning Techlite midsole for a low-to-the-ground ride that is both nimble and supportive. The non-marking traction rubber outsole keeps you locked to ground over changing terrain.
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5
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2 out of 2(100%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Men's Conspiracy™ Vapor
Review 1 for Men's Conspiracy™ Vapor
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent All-Around Minimal Shoe

PostedOctober 6, 2014
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KitC
Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I purchased these shoes intending to wear them primarily as a casual day-to-day shoes for walking, hiking and daily living. I wasn't sure my body was up to using such a minimal shoe for actual trail running.
As a casual shoe, they are generally pretty good. I do feel the laces are too long --- both the loops and the tag ends skim the ground when I tie the shoes as tight as I like. I also find that the soles are so thin that some of my pants tend to drag on the ground and I have to cuff them slightly. They are light, not too warm and were comfortable walking around town, shopping and just hanging around. I scrambled along a rocky Great Lakes shoreline and never felt like I was about to slide off the rocks into the chilly waters.
I did go for a 3-mile, mixed surface run to see how they fared. I adapted to the minimal feel of the shoes within 100 yards of beginning the run. There is a little more jarring on tarmac, but it is mostly negligible. On dirt and gravel paths, they are very comfortable. On rocky, root-infested singletrack --- including some wet leaves and pine needles --- they felt very sure-footed. There were even a few wet boardwalks that the soles gripped tenaciously. The "baby head" rocks in the trail required a lot more effort on my part to stay stable on, as these shoes seem to lack the firm soles of other trail running shoes I've used in the past. Since this was expected, I wouldn't count it against the shoes.
As a casual, everyday shoe, I would give them 4 stars. As a hiking or trail running shoe, I would give them 5 -- as long as you are expecting the support and cushioning of a minimalist shoe.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Men's Conspiracy™ Vapor
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent Shoe

PostedJuly 15, 2014
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Nick87
Location: Beaumont, Tx
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fits amazingly well, hardly weighs anything, and they dry out very quickly. Also packs very well. I always take them with me when I travel.
I would recommend this product.
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