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Vasque Mindbender GTX Wins

Red Wing, MN-February 7, 2011 — Vasque footwear is pleased to announce that Outside China magazine has selected their Mindbender GTX for the 2011 Gear of the Year award in the Trail Running category, because of their stability, fit and innovative GORE-TEX® bootie design.

“We feel honored that the Outside editors chose a Vasque shoe for the Gear of the Year Award 2 years in a row,” says Chris Speak, Vasque Sales Director. “It is exciting for us to have them appreciate the good quality, design and thoughtfulness that is incorporated into Vasque shoes.”

The Mindbender GTX is one of the first commercialized trail running shoes to use a new GORE-TEX® footwear laminate for conformable fit. This innovative and revolutionary shoe offers the trail runner the best scenario possible, waterproof/breathable comfort and protection in a superb fitting shoe. This is accomplished through the application of a new pattern that utilizes a stretch component panel to create a custom bootie exclusive to the Mindbender shoe. The stretch panel is located over the metatarsal heads and instep allowing for greater flex and freedom of motion in the forefoot. Additionally the gusset folds are eliminated by the use of a free floating tongue design which reduces weight and makes for an even better fit.

About Vasque
Vasque footwear, a family-owned company rich in heritage and deeply rooted in the outdoor community, understands the outdoors is a state of mind and specializes in creating trail ready footwear for trail ready lives. For more than 45 years, their focus has been thoughtfully designed and carefully built performance footwear to take the next generation of trail users wherever the trail goes. Vasque focuses on fit and world-class performance as the core pillars in every backpacking, hiking, multisport, trail running and kids shoe they produce. Vasque's authentic footwear withstands harsh conditions, rugged wear and the tests of time.

About W. L. Gore & Associates:
Perhaps best known for its consumer products like GORE-TEX fabric and ELIXIR guitar strings, Gore is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, industrial, fabrics and medical markets. The company is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, and employs approximately 9000 associates in 45 facilities throughout the world. For more information about W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and GORE products, call 1-800-431-GORE or visit


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