New model for this year (Do not check this option if this model was listed as new in last year's Gear Guide)Vasques newest addition to the trail running category, the Pendulum, offers a compromise between minimalism and traditional trail runners. Like a more minimally-minded shoe, the Pendulum keeps the foot close to the ground and optimally positioned for natural forefoot strike. At the same time, an EVA midsole and TPU plate protect the runner from the occasional heel strike or wayward stone. A bonded upper minimizes hotspots while a toothy outsole maximizes miles over sketchy terrain. A 6mm drop keeps the heel closer to the ground and, at 10 ounces, the Pendulum is lighter than any other shoe in Vasques trail running collection.