Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bruce Comfy yet Super Burly
These boots are my go to for carrying heavy loads in rugged terrain. The crazy part is how comfortable they are. I enjoy putting them on - like a pair of runners almost. I've had them in the high Arctic and Patagonia, and they have never let me down - super water proof, super durable, super comfy - exactly what I want in a multi-day heavy hiker.
October 18, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Melosh77 Shoelace Hooks Prone to Breaking
I usually get 3-4 years out of my boots, but after 15 months the shoelace hook is already in need of repair. Depending on how much it's going to cost to repair this boot, I may end up buying new ones. I won't be looking for a Vasque to replace my current boots.
August 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by StumbleBee Improved substitute for old Wasatch
Got them instead of Wasatch which had that sole/tread durability issue.
I cannot find words to praise Vasque Customer Service. As proactive as can be. Sent me shoes the very next day. Vasque acknowledges customer input.
My review is for those in similar situation, that is, those who liked blisterless comfort of Wasatch and others, but wanted to eliminate that sole issue (over years, I bought five pairs of Vasques: one Breeze, two Wasatche, with that issue noted, and two pairs of Screes, where second pair is waiting for me to finally give up on previous pair after probably 2000 miles of rocks, mud, snow and dust)
-sizewise: same 11 wide as with Wasatch. Toes wiggle , and do not get stubbed. I wear one pair of socks, thicker Thorlo Class 3. and I also have cheap thin insoles over original insoles, to reduce wear. Still enough room, witout circulation issues
-higher than Wasatch, but I did not find any rubbing points yet, and padding around the ankle is quite soft. Overall, leather feels thicker but more pliable than wasatch. There is also fine rigid protection of the heel.
Shoelaces: yes, hardware appears to have sharper edges, but I got a spare pair of shoelaces too.
Sole / tread: -different design than wasatch, without those rubber "pins" which seemed to be the culprit of Wasatch tread issues. Other reviews mentioned inconsistent traction on the inside edge of the sole, around the middle. Overall, profile of the tread is quite conspicuous and edgy, while in that specific portion it is a bit rounded in that inside section (not on the edge), probably in order to increase durability, and reduce chipping. I do use the outside edge more on rocks.
I like that added protective rubber around the toes and outside edge of the upper. Helps on scree and talus. Was a bit thicker on Scree and Wasatch models.
All in all, I will update on wear and tear with further use, as well as the traction.
July 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Walt excellent support
I just finished a 50 mile loop in North Yosemite. Prior to my trip I put about 30 miles with load to make sure the boots were broken in . I started out with a 48 lb load in my pack. A good part of the trail is broken up granite rocks. The Erickssons provided great stability and support on all types of terrain. in addition, we had wet, swampy areas we had to traverse. These boots stayed dry . I wore the boots thru a river crossing. I was happy to find they dried completely over night.
One thing I would recommend for these boots is an insert with more cushion. the one supplied with the boot is very thin. Just my preference..
July 10, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5Â by smwilfon33 Has to be a workmanship defect....I hope
I have been wearing Vasque boots since High School (1991 ish) I bought these boots prior to going to the Amazon. I have three kids so I am not always on the mountain. I have literally walked less than 20 miles in these boots and only wore them about 20 days total in a year and 4 months. Just got back from a trip over the weekend, a one nighter, and the sole is falling off the boot. I have to assume this is a defective pair. I am saddened by the whole thing as they were not inexpensive. They are out of warranty due to time but if you saw them they look brand new... except for the dangling sole. I was about to buy a new pair and am having trouble brining myself to pull the trigger. Might be time for a new brand and that is a sad state of affairs.
June 19, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5Â by jwayne WORST BOOTS DONT BUY
This is the worst boot I've ever tried. I hiked over 300 km in them hoping they were gonna break in but they never did. Over 5 blisters on each foot. The toe cap is made extremely small. It crushes your toes together when you hike and it causes friction between each toe.
April 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Sasquatch Great Boot
Superbly built boot. Durable, reliable, and all day comfort. I am a large person(6'5"&300lbs) and these bits do a great job of supporting me and a fully loaded pack. I got mine at my local Red Wing Store so they were able to stretch in certain spots for a custom fit. They are a bit narrow.
March 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JKenshi Excellent Boot and Full of Surprises
I needed a good, sturdy backpacking boot as I've started training for K9 Search and Rescue. I also needed my boots to be waterproof, but light as well as there would be a lot of bushwhacking and scrambling after my dog. I had a lot of choices, but settled on the Erikssons. I was worried as they looked a bit bulky in the photos. I was wrong.
I was a little surprised to when I got my shipment at how light the box was. Pulling the boots out, they were not bulky at all, in fact, they seemed too light for the sturdiness I needed and the leather felt on the stiff side. I worried that they would be stiff and hard to break in, or would roll on me as other boots had done in the past. Wrong again.
Somehow Vasque has managed to create a boot that does not feel heavy or stiff on your feet, but is robust enough to handle scrambling over rocks, through streams, etc. The boots were comfortable right out of the box.
One word of caution. The boots are so comfortable that you might be tempted to over do it. Take them out for a few test runs first... not to break them in, but to get your feet used to them. I did an 8 mile hike my first time out and got blisters on the sides of my big toes, but only because the boots were touching me in a new spot and my old calluses were not protecting me there. Another reviewer recommended adding Superfeet insoles... I don't know if that's necessary, but I'm going to give it a try as well.
February 26, 2016