Rated 4 out of 5Â by Takoda Need a pair for my hands!
i do a lot of scrambling on my hikes and forays into the west coast mountains. I love the boots and it's one of the rare boots where a wide actually feels both wide and deep in the toe area.
Grip is very good on dry substrate and pretty good on wet. About as good as I have had.
Now, I just need a pair for my hands and I'd be flying up those last few hundred yards to the summit!
August 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by VasqueFan Perfect Trail Hiking Boots.....
This is my first pair of Vasque Hiking boots, and I found out about them through reading trusted reviews from serious hikers who pay for their own gear.
I am a weekend trail and off-road hiker for the most part. However, I use these boots for a lot more than hiking, they are just that comfortable.
These boots are as expected, and I expected a a lot.
They are well contructed and hug your ankles the way you need on and off trail.
The Vibram soles are perfect as always.
The boot is extremely comfortable on and off trail and is confidence expiring.
The look is simple and all function, non of the "future-tech iboot" look of competitors.
The fit is exceptional, with minimal wear in time.
Tons of support without being suffocating.
*I would strongly recommend getting a half size up for most people.
I have read a lot of complaints about the "toe box"
The thing that a lot of people don't seem to realize is that any purpose built boot will not fit everyone.
These boots are a slimmer more "European" fit, and that's what my feet are.
I realize that it's convenient buying things on-line, but I suggest that a pair of specialty shoes be purchased in a good store where you can ensure your feet fit the style of the shoe.
July 31, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Team26racer What did you do to my boot?
I have been buying the 7160 m boots in a 8.5 every year for 8 years. My pair manufacted in 10/14 fit and worked great. When I Put on my pair manufacted in 9/15 they were narrow and short. Killed my feet and I went back to my old ones. Vasque definitely changed something with the construction of this boot. I can't wear these any more. Please help!!
July 28, 2016
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