Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster are Obstacle Course Racing’s power couple, to say the least. Both are ranked #1 by Spartan.com and have won several OCR races. Each is also an accomplished trail and mountain runner. Webster won the Broken Arrow Skyrace in 2019 and the Whiteface Mountain Skyrace in 2018. Atkins has won two North Face 50 mile races. Webster has seven FKTs listed under her name, and Atkins has 21.
Atkins and Webster both run in VJ Shoes for OCR and trail running. Watch the video for what Webster loves about running in the Ultra for endurance runs and why Atkins uses the Spark for speed.
The VJ Ultra is a comfortable, long-range trail racing shoe. The Ultra will carry you in style with a special blend of an EVA midsole and legendary VJ Grip featuring butyl rubber. The all-new, durable and breathable mesh upper is a mix of *DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers and nylon. The wider toe box gives your foot plenty of room for the long haul. And aggressive, angled lugs ensure maximum grip. In addition, the design of the shoe supports an easy push-off.
- It runs true to size with more width in the toe box
- Full-length custom EVA blend midsole
- FitLock for midsole stability
- The outsole is 100% Butyl-rubber
- Strengthened rubber toe-cap
- 4 mm aggressive lugs in the outsole
- 33 mm/27 mm stack height – total with lugs
- 6 mm drop
- Weight (US 8.5): 9.3 oz (265g) – yes, that is light!
VJ Spark is available soon at VJ North America.
VJ Spark is a comfortable trail running shoe that suits both experienced ultra trail runners and enthusiastic beginners who want to start with proper shoes! VJ Spark can handle any terrain without any fear. The Spark is a light and fast shoe with VJ’s well-known rubber mix outsole combined with 5 mm lugs, which offers sharp and precise contact without fear of slipping even if the trails involve slippery boulders or mud bogs. In addition, the upper is made out of durable and breathable nylon and CDP (Cationic Dyeable Polyester) mix, giving an even more comfortable feeling even on the longest runs.
VJ Spark also works well in swim-run and obstacle course races!
Fit scale: 4 (wider)
Forefoot: 11 mm
Heel: 16 mm
Outsole: Superior Contact
Upper: Nylon, CDP
Lug depth: 5 mm
Weight: (US 8.5): 8.5 0z. (252g)