Rated 4 out of 5Â by Alan Third pair is much improved.
My first pair of Vasque boots - 2012 - were defective - since the soles split after one year (around 200 miles) of use. REI replaced them - no questions asked. The second pair had the exact same problem in 2014 and once again REI replaced them, this time with St. Elias GTX boots. I am happy to say the soles are much improved. After a season of hard use the soles are quite intact. Unfortunately, as many others have pointed out, the eyelets are murder on laces. Buy extras when you buy the boots!
Fit overall is good but the toe box is a bit small for my wide feet. Still, I have never found a more comfortable boot overall than this style.
October 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5Â by RayRay71 Ripped lace, in 3 weeks??
The boots feel great, but a lace broke after 3 weeks, I hadn't even worn them on a trail yet as I was breaking them in!! Highly disappointed!!
The boots were breaking in nicely and when I went to take them out on a hike the lace broke. No trail wear or anything. Goodness...
August 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Craig Very Good Solid boot
I hike over 8 miles virtually every day in the Texas hill country. Granite, ground granite, loose rocks and very abrasive. Tread wear is very important to me, especially when spending $150+ for boots. Tread wear has been good logging over 850 miles and still has usable tread. Traction on wet rocks is a trade off for high wearing tread. Traction is good with the exception of wet rocks. Water proof, not really, water resistant would be a better description. I have switched to more of a water proof boot for the wet days I hike. They are hot in the summer, just ordered a pair of Vasque Breeze in hopes of a cooler walk and still high ware, don't know the answers on that yet. They do eat shoe laces, the metal lace holders chew up laces in not time. Overall I am very satisfied, very good quality and they last. Still trying to find the perfect boot for comfort, traction and ware, hopefully the Breeze will do the trick. Staying with Vasque brand because of the quality.
September 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Kretz Excellent construction, fit, durability, and value, but mean to laces
I'm very happy with these boots. The fit is excellent, the soles have good traction, and the construction is very durable. I broke them in and then took them to Corsica to complete the GR20 -- a very rough and rocky route of over 100 miles. They didn't look new anymore, but there was no wear or cuts on the leather. Nor did my feet have any blisters. I just returned from six days in the Wind River range in Wyoming and they performed beautifully there, as well.
One note (noted by other reviewers): The eyelets are very mean to the boot laces. The laces and eyelets should work as a team to keep the lacing tight and to maintain the fit. These eyelets are either poorly designed or there's a quality control issue. The lace paths should be smooth, but they are sharp. I had less than 125 miles on the boots by the time both laces had broken in Corsica.
August 23, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Kelsey Size questions
Hi, I'm usually a size 7 in a sneaker and I bought a size 8 in these boots.Wearing them for the first time, I went on a 5 mile day hike in them yesterday and got two massive blisters.Pinky toe on my slightly bigger foot was rubbing up against the outside of the toe box and also has a blister. It seems like a more narrow shoe. I'm wondering if I need to continue to wear them and break them in, or if I have the wrong shoe/size. Vasque any suggestions?
August 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Richard Sizing issue
bought a pair and sizing is off. Normally buy the model 7166 ( which has been discontinued)at an 8 wide and always fit perfectly with enough room for thick socks and a liner(insole) with more cushing. Bought 8 wide in the st elias and its liner went flat as paper in first 25 miles of a 10 day 132 mile backpacking hike. There was no room for a differnt insole ( liner). Plus the angle from the toe to outside of boot is narrow. Toes took a real beating. Exchanged them for a different boot. The shoelaces broke at 57 miles. Changed to para cord. When exchanging them had to go to 9 wide to have enough room. The boot did great on water crossings and rain. Construction was great also.
June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Rick Rugged and comfortable
After a winter of snowshoeing and hiking with my first Vasque boots (ultradry Snow Junkie) I got a pair of St Elias. With about two weeks of urban break-in use, I used them for a week of hiking in Shenandoah. The quality, comfortableness, and ruggedness of these boots is very high and I was very satisfied. I waterproofed them with Snow Seal and they held up very well including one very wet day with several wide stream fordings. Yes they did finally get soaked that day but I think that was from water over the top.
One question for Vasques: My right foot is a tad shorter than my left. Never noticed a difference with the Snow Junkie but sometimes do with the St Elias - perhaps they run a little longer? Any suggestions on how to address this ? With the right sock combination its usually fine but I wonder if there is an insert or something that might help with lighter socks.
April 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Freddie55 Great to be back on the trail
After many years out of the backpacking/hiking habit I fell back on an old favorite, Vasque, to meet my footwear needs. After trying several options at my local outfitter I found the St Elias to be my favorite. They felt comfortable and secure right out of the box. Probably a bit of nostalgia too. If you are reading this review as part of your purchase decision making, please take note of the negatives in the other reviews. Ticky tack stuff about laces. I've had mine for a year with plenty of miles and no problems. The rest are probably related to poor fit or inadequate break-in. I would say these boots took a long time to break-in. Many hikes of increasing length, varying terrain and sometimes pain mostly caused by pressure points. Realize they are fairly rigid compared to the mesh style boots and the leather is going to need some sweat and time to form to the shape of your foot, or in my case boney ankles. That being said, these boots have gotten me through the SoCal 6-pack and I just returned from a 12 day Sierra backpack putting many miles on my boots over some tough terrain. Nothing but praise, never a problem with my feet. With diligence and patience these boots will not disappoint you.
June 1, 2015