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 3 out of 5Â by VInce They were great
Loved these boots for hiking. Used them in all types of weather and locations from hiking in subzero weather in the snow to deep jungle and tropical rain forests. I would have recommended them to anyone until I took a couple month military deployment and left them packed in my closet. On returning I broke out my boots and noticed the soles were split completely through. The uppers are incredible and perfect for the types of terrain I hike. If only they had better soles.
March 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mardes mink oil
Great boots, however I put mink oÃ¯l on the leather and the color of my bungee/gray boots darken seriously. Should be avoided. I'm not sure mink oil on gore-tex boots are good, I hope not to have damaged my boots.
Great quality, fit quite small and unless you have a really narrow feet, wide size is recommended.
March 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by yepokaygotit Narrow, short and hard on boot strings
Hey I have been buying Vasque boots for about 10 years now, This pair seems to be narrower than previous boots, and a little shorter. I have had them for 4 months now and am now using my fourth set of laces, this forth set is actually 550 cord as I am not in USA for now. I am going to try leather laces when I get back home. The laces fray and break on both the fourth and third eyelet from the toe. I hope they fix these problems soon as Vasque boots are all I have worn for the last 10 yrs at work and home. If I have shoes on they are Vasque unless I am in the gym.
March 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Jenlh Love/Hate
These shoes look great! And are truly water proof. They felt great too when I first put them on. I broke them in on serval short(5mi) hikes (without a backpack). I'm now getting into backpacking and have been training with a light pack and more difficult terrain. By the end of a steep incline/decline 7 mile hike my feet were absolutely killing me. My toes hurt, the balls of my feet hurt, and I had blisters on my heels. A week later, tried again, 5 mile (steep incline/decline) hike and same thing... PAIN! (With a liner and a mid-weight merino wool socks). SO SAD, because I have my first backpacking trip in exactly one week and don't know what I am going to do about my shoes!
March 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by teraaaa Clouds, they're like clouds... for my feet.
My feet have never been this happy. I tried them on 3 different times before buying them to be sure. My god, the first day I got them I only took them off to sleep. I didn't know being in love with a pair of shoes was actually possible.
I'll be taking them on a 6 month to year-long backpacking trip to India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam , so we'll see how they do! I'll check back in and probably have a lot more to say later about their performance for long trips!
February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by KatiBee82 I'm Flying Up the Hill
I just bought these shoes in January. In a month, I have put around 40 miles on them, hiking especially my local East Bay Hills park. When I tried them on, I also tried on several other brands/models. These were the ONLY ones that fit perfectly not only while walking, but while on REI's little fake hill thing. No rolling here--no ankle twists even if I try. The boot is sturdy, grippy, and supportive. The day I bought them, I took them up to my favorite trail and flew up the hill. My old Solomon trail runners, various running shoes, and even Converse/Vans had been up that hill. I then realized that my old shoes had been pacing me, because I had no grip or stability.
The same trail I now go on with the shoes broken in. I never experienced blisters--just hot spots on my toes due to my gait I suppose, for the first couple hikes. Now, my feet don't even hurt, much less have any hot spots. As one reviewer said, my toes feel like they are in a little apartment. But not in a slippy way. Since these are waterproof, that of course means they don't breathe (duh), but some nice wool socks keep your feet comfy. I hope these last a long time, because I love them.
February 20, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Davie Wide Feet Beware!
These are well crafted boot from the look and ware. But the new wide version is not the same as all the previous boots I have bought. I purchase About 4-5 pairs a year for my self and they have been very comfortable. I wear these boot 7 days week and over 12 hours a day.
This newest manufacturing of boot are narrower than the predecessors. Considering the summit version of their boot hope that the lass has not changed to up hold the wider fit. The summit seems to fit better but miss the full toe rubber cover to protect the leather upper.
February 1, 2015