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St. Elias GTX

$199.99 USD MSRP

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St. Elias GTX

Features: Waterproof | Widths

$199.99 USD MSRP

Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 31 reviewers.
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Freedom. That’s a big part of backpacking. Open the map and let your imagination plot a course. Tackle one more pass, explore another drainage—with the St. Elias you can dream a little bigger. Our lightest backpacking boot covers more ground, while maintaining the stability and comfort you need for an ambitious trip. GORE-TEX® for waterproofing, a Vibram® sole for grip, and an A.S.E.-tuned midsole that improves traction and feel—get free in the St. Elias.

MEN'S MEDIUM: 7 | 7.5 | 8 | 8.5 | 9 | 9.5 | 10 | 10.5 | 11 | 11.5 | 12 | 13 | 14
MEN'S WIDE: 8 | 8.5 | 9 | 9.5 | 10 | 10.5 | 11 | 11.5 | 12 | 13
(ALSO IN WOMEN'S SIZES)


Bungee Cord/Neutral Gray
Bungee Cord/Neutral Gray
  • OVERVIEW
  • CONSTRUCTION
WHAT'S IT FOR
  • Lightweight backpacking
  • Backpacking
BENEFITS
  • Out-of-the-box comfort
  • Conformable outsole
  • Lightweight
FEATURES
  • GORE-TEX® with Performance Comfort Technology
  • Molded Rubber Toe Cap
STATS
  • WEIGHT : 3 lbs. 1 oz. (1378g)
  • LAST : Summit
  • UPPER : 2.3mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather
  • FOOTBED : Dual Density EVA
  • MIDSOLE : A.S.E. Midsole with EVA Cushioning Pods, TPU Shank
  • OUTSOLE : Vasque Exclusive Vibram® Frontier with XSTrek Compound
UPPER

High quality 2.3mm waterproof oiled nubuck with stitch-in molded rubber toe cap and all metal lacing hardware provides durability and longevity. GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane keeps the foot dry and comfortable.

SOLE

Vasque’s proprietary Vibram® Frontier sole is molded with XSTrek compound and is designed to minimize rubber without sacrificing traction, for an exceptionally light sole. The A.S.E. midsole has the lightness of EVA with the durability and abrasion resistance of polyurethane. Conformable EVA pods in the heel and forefoot deliver running shoe-like comfort as well as allowing the outsole to conform around irregularities in the trail. The sole system was designed to maximize efficiency of walking gait and user comfort.

Rated 2 out of 5 by Major comfort issues I am a longtime owner of Vasque Breeze boots, and decided to try a more durable Vasque boot in the St. Elias. I broke these in and then took these on an 8-day, 120 kilometers hike and stopped wearing them after several days and put on the only other thing I had: sneakers. I literally could not walk in these boots. My feet, which are narrow to normal, were painfully sore, and had two blisters in each foot. They generally never fit right, even though the size is correct. I tried them again on a subsequent, shorter trip and and the pain returned. More minor, but worth noting the laces don't hold firmly, and the tongue also rubbed against my high ankle. Very disappointed. July 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 18 miles right out of the box Received them on Monday and did a 18 mile dayhike to Snowmass Lake on Wednesday. Moderate rocky trail was smoothed out by these boots for this 63 year old 200 lb man. Ordered 1/2 size larger and they were a perfect fit. Heel and ankle support was great and toe box was good for my slightly wide foot. The lacing setup allows some flexibility to adjust the fit. Can't wait for next week's hikes! July 21, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Good boot but not waterproof Took about a week for them to break in, during that week I wanted to throw them in the fire and just walk barefoot. Now they're ok but definitely not the most comfortable boot ive owned. Traction is sub par, slippery on wet rocks so be careful. Waterproof? NO. Water resistant? For about 10 minutes of walking through wet grass. Even after treating the boots water comes pouring in and my feet and socks are soaked. The leather is susceptible to cuts and tears more so than any other leather boot ive owned. Just walking through brush in the woods has put some pretty deep gashes in the sides of the boot. Other than that. They are a good looking boot. May 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Feet say "yes" I am a diabetic. I only have two feet and I plan to keep them. I walk three miles a day on dirt and gravel roads. I put over 3,000 miles on my old boots. My feet said enough. I purchased these this morning as at klineschmites boots .I wore them all day and then walked 3 miles in them this evening. My feet said I was good for at least 5. My feet feel great.The boots fit excellent. If my feet are happy then I'm happy. These boots will also double as a motorcycle boot for me. The Gore-Tex will keep the water out on long rides March 15, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Narrow Toe Box Unfortunately, I mail ordered these expecting them to fit similar to my previous Vasque backpacking boots. I bought these boots in the wide width in size nine. This is the size boot I normally wear. I wear two socks when I hike, thin liners and a regular hiking sock. I've worn these boots on two short backpacking hikes and they won't get a third chance. They seem to be too narrow in the toe box for my feet. The rubber toe cap is very rigid and has no give to it. It puts pressure on my little toes. It is obvious that these boots are too narrow for my feet. I was glad to get them off my feet. I've had Vasque backpacking boots before and have not had this problem in the past with them. I'm planning to try the Summit model which do not have the external rubber wrap, but they are hard to find in a store close to where I live to try on prior to purchase. April 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thru-hiked the AT in these I picked up these boots in MA on a southbound semi-winter thru hike of the AT. I wore them every single day from MA all the way to Springer mountain in Georgia (roughly 1500miles). First the cons: 1. They run small for my very wide feet. I usually wear a Mens 9.5W in everyday life, but for these boots, plus the foot swelling of thru hiking, I needed a 10.5W. 2. They Devour laces. in 1500 miles I went through 5 pairs of laces on the left boot, and 8 on the right. 3. The traction is not as great as a Vibram megagrip compound is (which is what my trail runners from ME to MA were). You still get enough traction for wet rock gripping, but you can feel the difference. 4. The insoles begin to lose their black fabric overcoating after 1000 miles. This is mostly a cosmetic concern, but little black chunks of fabric end up all over your socks at the end of the day. 5. The leather needs care of some kind. At about mile 1300 the leather became very stiff, and began to crack and pull away from itself on both boots in between eyelet 1&2. 6. They have like 0 grip on ice Alrighty now for the pros: 1. These have got to be the most durable boots on the planet. After 1500 miles and 0 care or cleaning they are still 100% functional. I wish I had started with these boots in ME and I have no doubt that they would have easily gone the entire 2200 miles of the AT with no problems besides lace changes. They still have great tread depth and are fully waterproof. 2. They only get more comfortable. After 1500 miles these things have so perfectly molded to my feet (or maybe my feet molded to them who knows) that they are the most comfortable shoe i own. 3. They breathe amazingly well. When I first switched from trail runners to these boots I was worried about giving up the extreme breathability of trail runners, but after 1 week I came to the conclusion that you really don't get that much more breathability from trail runners vs these highly breathable boots. 4. These boots are amazingly waterproof even after many many miles. i cannot count how many times you have to rock hop across streams on the AT many times i'd slip and partially dunk my foot, and as long as i was still above the flood line my feet stayed perfectly dry. 5. On the two occasions my feet did get soaked inside these boots (both times due to failure of my gaiters not the boots) they weren't soaked for very long. These boots dry incredibly fast for an all leather backpacking boot. I could not recommend or sing the praises of these super durable super comfortable boots any higher. I have no doubt that these boots saved me from countless potential ankle and toe injuries while hiking through the rocky portions of the AT, but never felt like a burden on the easy dirt stretches. I have photos of what they look like after 1500mi, but cannot post them at this time. April 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great boot, wonky laces, and narrow toe box Overall the boot is great. Minimal break in time (wearing around the house and shorter 1-2 miles suited just fine). Laces frayed rather easily but that is a common concern and one easily remedied. I'm glad I jumped up a half-size for the narrow toe box. At the risk of stating the obvious, wear good wool socks when you try them on at the store. March 1, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Might be good for walking in the park I have had these boots for less than 2 months. I have worn them for work to break them in, pretty comfortable. I used these boots for a 40 mile hike on the North Country Trail in WI. After day one, an eyelet in a crucial spot popped off for no reason. I hit some snow and typical trail puddles, boots leaked, not waterproof. Wet feet and faulty boots after 10 miles. Smartwool socks save the day. March 31, 2016
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