Rated 5 out of 5Â by LANGWS 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 5Â by bloke1977 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 2 out of 5Â by GM22 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 3 out of 5Â by RockytheBruce 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 5Â by PeachSOBO15 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 2 out of 5Â by Arnie 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
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Esquier poor quality laces or sharp eyelet?
I bought my Vasque boot about 4 mouth ago and both laces broke. In fact they were cut by eyelets 3 or 4 of the boots so I had to change them!
I don't use them in hiking activities. I wear them as a every day shoe. They are confortable but the poor quality of the laces or maybe the eyelet are sharp but it cut my laces. So for a more than 200$ boots, I thing this should not arrive.
March 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Nazario Excellent Boot!
This boot is great! Very comfortable and sturdy. It breathes pretty well, but it's hard to find a waterproof boot that breathes well but this one was quite breathable. I hiked in this boot for about 80 mi at Philmont in Cimarron, NM in summer of 15. They held up great after over 125 miles except one small problem, the metal eyelets cause a lot of friction on the laces and caused them to break. The laces are a lot like paracord in that there is the outer casing and then an inner core running through the casing. The friction cut through the case like layer and all that was left was the core cord. But other than that, this boot exceeded my expectations! Definitely recommend.
February 15, 2016