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STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner Review | Best Hybrid Training Shoe?

The STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner is a shoe designed for tackling trail runs, road runs, workouts, and daily wear. I’ve always been interested in hybrid training shoes and how they perform in different settings.

 I was super excited to see how the Vimana Hybrid Runner performed. As someone whose life revolves around lifting and running, I wanted to take the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Trail Runner on some of my favorite trail runs and lift heavy in them to see how stable they are.

Overall, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed how this model has performed on a daily wear basis and in my performance tests. It’s been l0w-key a nice surprise having a shoe that can do a little bit of everything and look pretty nice.

Vimana Hybrid Runner Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • This training shoe is good for doing a little bit of everything from indoor gym sessions to outdoor trail runs.
  • The midsole in this shoe has plenty of stability for heavy lifting which gives it an edge over other traditional hybrid shoes.
  • The omnidirectional tread does a good job of promoting grip outdoors and it's not so aggressive to where it takes away from smooth floors in gyms.

Cons

  • The midsole at the forefoot can start to split away after about 12 months of tough use. At least, that's what's happening to mine.
  • If you like super plush hybrid training shoes then you may find this model to run too dense. The density and its feel is a give and take in this shoe.
  • While the tread works great on most surfaces, it's not going to be the MOST aggressive for gnarly trails. Keep that in mind if you want these exclusively for that ask.

If you want a true hybrid training shoe for heavy lifting and running outdoors and indoors then you’ll like the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner. This shoe’s midsole walks a good line between being stable and responsive.

Who should invest in the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner?

If you’re looking for an “all-in-one” shoe that you can also use for trail runs, then I think the Vimana Hybrid Runner is a great option. This model works exceptionally well in the gym for recreational training; it can work as a daily driver, and it will hang with the best of them on easy and semi-technical trail runs.

The star players in this model are the Cush50™ EVA/EPE Midsole and Meta Platform Outsole. The midsole provides a nice level of responsiveness and stability, so it’s dynamic with your training, and the Meta Platform Outsole provides a stable base and tread for all types of terrain.

The price point is fairly high on this model, so I would say that if you fit the description above, then the Vimana Hybrid Runner is worth it. If you’re interested in STR/KE MVMNT and don’t plan to trail run in this shoe and just use this model for training and daily wear, then you can save a little money by looking into the Haze Trainer.

STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner

$160

strke mvmnt vimana hybrid runner
4.7
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Trail Runs (Easy to Semi-Technical Terrain)
  • Short to Mid-Range Road Runs
  • Recreational Training
  • Outdoor Workouts

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Highly Technical Trail Runs

Vimana Hybrid Runner Pros

There are multiple aspects that I enjoy with STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner’s performance and construction. Below are my favorite pros with this model.

  1. Good “All-In-One” Style Shoe
  2. S2 Last’s Anatomical Fit
  3. Cush50™ EVA/EPE Midsole Stability and Responsiveness
  4. Meta Platform Outsole’s Tread

The first pro of the Vimana Hybrid Runner is that I think it’s a solid “all-in-one” style shoe. I think it can be hard at times finding training shoes that can live in both the running and training worlds without totally compromising their performance in one area. The Vimana Hybrid Runner is built with a slight bias toward running, but it still holds up to lifting and versatile training tasks well.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner

I’ve trained fairly heavy with this model and have tackled multiple shorter and mid-range runs and have liked this model as a whole. I think if you keep in mind that it’s a hybrid shoe and not super niche in one area, then this pro really kicks in. This model is also comfortable for daily wear.

The second aspect to like about this shoe is STR/KE MVMNT’s S2 Last that they use in this model. They use this last construction on a few of their training shoes and personally I like the fit it provides. The toe box has adequate width and the shoe never feels super constraining.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner s2 last

For a comparison, the toe box width of the Vimana Hybrid Runner is similar to the last used in the Altra Escalante, which is a shoe known for its width. The upper construction may feel snug at first on the top of the toes, but this breaks in well and this shouldn’t be an issue for most.

The third perk of this model is the blend of stability and versatility that the Cush50™ EVA/EPE Midsole provides. For running, you’re not going to want an overly stiff midsole and for lifting you don’t want a midsole that compresses easily. I think the medium-density foam that STR/KE MVMNT utilizes in this model walks that middle ground really well.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner midsole construction

This midsole is not jarring during runs and doesn’t compress easily, which also supports our first point about this being a good “all-in-one” shoe.

The final pro of this model is the Meta Platform Outsole. This outsole has an omni-directional hybrid tread for traction in a variety of settings. On easy and semi-technical trail terrain, this tread works really well, and it also provides adequate grip when road running and training in gyms.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner outsole

The Meta Platform Outsole also has balanced durometers and contoured edges, which help provide adequate ground feedback in most settings and provide a stable base when the balance may be off. Basically, as you’re tackling activities where balance could be an issue, this shoe is designed to promote a stable base for you to continue to train on.

Vimana Hybrid Runner Cons

Despite really enjoying the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner, I do have a couple of cons that I could see bothering other lifters and athletes.

  1. Slightly Higher Price Point
  2. Not the Best for Maxing Out Barbell Lifts

The first potential con I could see lifters and athletes having with the Vimana Hybrid Runner is their price point. This model, when not on sale, comes it at $160 USD. That’s fairly for a training shoe and is definitely far from budget-friendly.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner price

I do like this model though and think its price point could be justified for those that do have the niche training wants of having an “all-in-one” style of shoe for lifting, daily wear, and trail runs. Not every training shoe can tackle all of these tasks well, so if you are on the market for a shoe that can perform well for all of those, then the price is a bit easier to swallow, but it’s still fairly high.

The last drawback is that while this model performs well in a lifting setting, it’s not going to be your best bet for training super heavy. If you’re more niche with your lifting and you want a cross-training shoe for maxing out your barbell lifts, then you may want to find a model that has a bit more stability.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid for heavy lifting

When you have hybrid models, there are always some performance points in which you’ll have to compromise for. It’s similar to a scale, as this model’s performance increases for running it starts to lose a bit of its potential for heavier lifts. If you’re planning to training with 475 lbs and above, then you may want to explore slightly more stable cross-training shoes.

Vimana Hybrid Runner Performance

To break down the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner’s performance, I’m going to discuss how this model performs for lifting, versatile training, running, and daily wear.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner performance

Lifting

For lifting, the Vimana Hybrid Runner does a fairly good job. Despite being slightly more biased with its construction for road running and trail running, I thought this shoe performed well throughout all of my lifting tests.

The Cush50™ EVA/EPE Midsole can withstand moderate to heavy loads, and I’ve trained up to 455 lbs in this model and didn’t have any compression issues.

The S2 last provides a nice anatomically shaped fit for the foot that accommodates toe splay well. When lifting, the width of this shoe’s last tells you that this model is designed to provide a wider base when training.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner lifting

The outsole, too, was subtly surprising. Despite having a slightly thicker tread pattern than other cross-training shoes, I didn’t notice any glaring issues with stability or traction when training in this model.

Sometimes shoes, more specifically trail running shoes, with thicker lugs can hinder overall connection with the ground, but that wasn’t a huge issue in this model.

Versatile Training

This model did a fairly good job of versatile training. Since it is designed with running in mind, it provides a nice level of responsiveness when jumping, doing agility work, and tackling HIIT sessions. Personally, I think this model is one of the better shoes for training outdoors in a more versatile manner.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid versatile training

On one of my trail runs, I added in some bodyweight work and plyometrics for additional density training. The movements added to this run included lunges, tuck jumps, and squat jumps, and this model’s outsole and midsole stood up to the tasks really well. I like how there isn’t really a part of this shoe that ever feels disconnected from the ground.

Additionally, the upper construction does a pretty good job for versatile training as well. This shoe designed with a knit upper and it has additional layers over high stress and friction which is a nice nod to durability.

Runs and Daily Wear

The Vimana Hybrid Runner works really well for short to mid-range runs. I’ve used this model to tackle multiple 4-mile trail runs and they’ve stood to pretty much every trail I’ve taken them on. Also, I tried to vary my pace on different terrains to gauge this shoe’s outsole traction and across the board I was impressed.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner trail run

This model doesn’t feature the deepest lugs, but the Meta Platform Outsole does feature a hybrid tread with omni-directional traction. The outsole tread pattern does a really solid job on semi-technical terrain. The only time I noticed a bit of slippage was on loose rock and dirt on downhill treks that I was taking a bit slower.

For road running, I used this model to tackle 2-3 mile sessions with a 7:10-8:20 pace, and they worked really well. If you like having a shoe with a bit more stability with your running, then you should enjoy the Vimana Hybrid Runner.

strike mvmnt vimana hybrid runner trail running

On a day-to-day basis, I also think this model does a good job at serving as a daily driver. Since these are made for outdoor running, they’re pretty durable for daily wear and they have just enough stability and cusion to make them enjoyable for days when you’re on your feet all day.

Vimana Hybrid Runner Sizing

For the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner, you should be safe going true-to-size in this shoe. This model’s length fits true and it breaks in fairly well after about 1-2 weeks of consistent training.

The upper construction in the toe may feel snug if you’re wearing thicker socks, but note, they will break in as you wear them more so I wouldn’t worry if you do find this model feeling a tad snug upon your first wear.

strke mvmnt vimana hybrid runner sizing

If you have additional questions about the Vimana Hybrid Runner’s sizing, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally.

Price Breakdown

For the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runners, you can expect to pay $160 USD. This price point is fairly high compared to other cross-training shoes and hybrid models on the market, but I do think it’s worth it for this model.

Across the board, this shoe has performed exceptionally well and I think if you’re buying this model for recreational training, daily wear, and consistent trail runs, then the price is worth it.

STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner

$160

strke mvmnt vimana hybrid runner
4.7
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Trail Runs (Easy to Semi-Technical Terrain)
  • Short to Mid-Range Road Runs
  • Recreational Training
  • Outdoor Workouts

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Highly Technical Trail Runs

Construction Details

The STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner has a ton of subtle construction details that help them excel in different performance settings. Personally, I like the overall attention to detail that STR/KE MVMNT sunk into this model.

Check out some of the key construction features of the Vimana Hybrid Runner below.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 10.8 oz (size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • STRIKE MVMNT S2 Last
  • Cush50™ EVA/EPE Midsole
  • Meta Platform Outsole
  • Fully Rubber Outsole
  • Knit Upper With Reinforced Layers

If you have additional questions about the Vimana Hybrid Runner’s construction, drop a comment below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
Can you lift in the Vimana Hybrid Runner?

A:
Yes. I've trained up to 455 lbs in the Vimana Hybrid Runner and have little issues with compression. Their medium-density midsole does a fairly good job at providing a nice level of stability in the gym.

Q:
Can I do CrossFit in the STRIKE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner?

A:
The Vimana Hybrid Runner will work for CrossFit works to an extent, but it will be somewhat capped with its performance. Since this model isn't designed for CrossFit, some may feel that it lacks key niche construction features for supporting things like rope climbs and handstand push-ups.

Q:
Do the Vimana Hybrid Runner fit true?

A:
Yes. The STRIKE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner fits true-to-size. The toe box's upper may feel a little tight if you're wearing thicker socks, but they break in well and this shouldn't be an issue after a week of consistent wear.

Takeaway Thoughts

Across the board, the STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner has performed exceptionally well. These have become one of my go-to shoes for shorter trail runs and they work well for recreational lifting. I’ve also found myself reaching for these a lot for daily wear as well.

If you have any questions on the Vimana Hybrid Runner, drop comments below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly)!

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

11 thoughts on “STR/KE MVMNT Vimana Hybrid Runner Review | Best Hybrid Training Shoe?”

  1. This review led me to purchase these shoes last year!! After a year of fairly heavy use, I have to say these are worth the purchase. They have held up extremely well!! I personally prefer to run in them versus gym workouts, but they really are a do everything type of shoe. I want to try the haze trainer for the gym and have these for my running / outdoor workout shoe.

  2. Hey man. Thanks for a very good review! One question though. In terms of foot length in regards to the shoes inside length. I can’t decide between size 8 and 8.5. I dont want my shoes to be too long in the front, but also not too narrow in width. I’m gonna use then for a lot of plyos and parkour. I at the moment have the size 7.5 in haze trainer and they are a bit too tight.
    So my question is maybe a bit strange. What size shoe do you use, what is the length of your foot and how much extra space do you have from the end of your longest toe to the end of the toe box?

    Your reply would be very helpful!

    1. Hey Simon! I’d go with an 8 in this model. Think that would be the sweet spot for you.

      My foot is around 10.5ish inches give or take and have about a CM of length in my model. I wish I had gone up a half-size when I bought these initially. Then they’d have a snug, yet spacious “enough” fit! Hope that helps, amigo!

  3. Is there arch support in these? I have really flat feet with a wide mid foot but narrow heel. Any shoes with arch support really bother my feet and can even give me arch blisters. Even Altras we’re weird. Been wearing Xeros but needing a running shoe for road running.

    1. Hey! There’s not a ton of arch in them. Want to hit me up on Instagram (@jake_boly) and I’ll send you a video of them and their sizing? This way you can see them better and decide if they’re worth investing in. Can compare them to my Altra Lone Peaks for ya!

  4. Your reviews are hands down the best I’ve come across! I always ran/weightlifted with Nikes and now ill be able to be comfortable with the shoes you recommended! (F-LITE FLY G 295) Thank you so much!!! Happy New Year!

  5. I am 70 yrs old, have flat feet and jog about 2 to 3 miles a day. I always used New Balance and am happy with their in-sole support. I am now looking for Canadian made running shoes. Came across Vimana Carbon Trail Runner ( $200 + Tax). My New Balnce size is 10 and wide (not extra wide). Just wonderig if Vimana Carbon TR , size 10, is the right one for me in terms of width and support. Any information would be apprecaited.

    Thanks/ Kanu

    1. Hey Kanu! I think the 10 would be a good call, but do note, the level of cushion may vary in the Vimana as it runs a bit more stable in regard to its midsole construction. I like them, however, if you’re used to a midsole in the NB with a bit more of a “plush” feel to them, then this may be worth considering!

  6. I came across your Youtube channel first, and love your well structured but casual review style. It feels like listening to a trusted friend walking you through a purchase. I subscribed immediately. Great job!

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