Rated 4 out of 5Â by BDawe Down to the nub
I bought a pair of Vasque Summits from REI in 2010 or so, and I've considered getting the soles replaced here in Vancouver, BC, though for the value of the shoe that may be uneconomical
First off the bat, these proved to be a comfortable pair of boots, among the more comfortable of any shoes I have, despite being backpacking boots. They plodded well through backpacking trips, hiking trips, frequent winter use, outdoor working, and the occasional glacier travel, and given their frequency of use held up extremely well - certainly a favorite boot. Water resistance continues to be tenacious, though some holes have eroded into the edge of the tongue.
There were a couple hang-ups - the eyelets seemed to shred laces. The ultimate problem was the toe-capping coming lose on the right-boot, which got worse over time until last weekend the toe-cap finally gave out (though the left boot is in much better condition.
These boots are worn, the tread is bald and I've finally had to retire them, though I am loath to give them up.
August 23, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Baxter75 Not a good fit for me
I bought these primarily to wear to work, I'm in industrial sales. For roughly the first two months or so they kept a bruise on my right ankle bone. The leather is extremely stiff, and the soles provide minimal cushioning on concrete/asphalt. I went back to the Red Wing store where I bought them, and the owner, Ryan, was very sympathetic that they were uncomfortable, and suggested insoles. Reluctantly I dropped $60 for the insoles he recommended, on top of the $220 to buy them. The aftermarket insoles are substantially thicker and have changed the way they fit, now my toes rub on the inside of the toe box, and I have developed a pain on the outside of my right ankle like something is being strained when I wear them. After 6 months of trying to make them work and spending almost $300 I have accepted that these are just not the boots for me. The quality seems top tier, just not a good fit for me.
August 4, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5Â by forcexdistance Fine for the first 500mi
I've previously split the sole from the uppers in other brands, so I gave Vasque a try.These boots sized well and didn't cause any issue during the break-in period. For the first 500mi on the boots they were fantastic, aside from demolishing shoe laces every 100mi (there are rough eyelets on the lower boot).
However, right around the 500mi mark the boots started to cause extreme irritation, causing serious blisters on the trail (new to me). I tried all sorts of lacing techniques and sock combination with no avail.
It turns out the issue is with the gore-tex liner. It completely separated from the rest of the boot and has started to rub in the toe box and the heel. In normal walking I can feel the liner in the toe box fall and I have to push it back in place.
I would have expected 1000-1250mi out of these boots. This is a shame as the leather uppers and soles are in excellent shape and are good for another +500mi. I guess I'll be trying something new for my new boot.
June 9, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Scrapper Hoping for some relief
I've spent a week in these boots, and while my feet feel great, my ankles are taking a beating. I really want to like these boots, but there are some spots on my ankles that I can't seem to get any relief. I've tried lacing a few different ways to no avail. Is this a common problem with the Summit GTX? IF this is truly part of the break in process, I'll try to tough it out
February 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MinnetonkaBoater Second time is indeed a charm
The first pair unfortunately had a hook pull loose, but the second pair has been great. After Hundreds of miles they are finally starting to break in. Hey lets face it, these boots are going to last me a very very long time. Some people complained of squeaking, but I like it. Sounds like a saddle. I went through the Beartooth Mountains this last summer with 50 pounds on my back. The boots kept me from twisting an ankle a number of times. They gave me grip on rock, dirt, and mud. My feet stayed very nicely dry. They are a bit heavy, but that was the price I wanted to pay for stability of my ankle.
I also have an issue with Plantar Facitiis, the boot soles supported the foot perfectly.
January 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Joel 3rd pair
Just got my third pair today and have to say it does not disappoint. I use these as my work boots since I'm on my feet running around a machine shop 10 hours a day. These are the only boots I buy anymore. They last a little over two years which I think brings great value. If they stop making this boot I may have to shed a tear.
December 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by David326 Rugged Comfort
Fourth Vasque boot between two in the family. Our first two pairs lasted 25+ years. Summit GTX boots are as great as my first pair. My first Vasque boots were made in Italy. When I saw that these were made in China, frankly, I bought another high end made in USA brand. Kind of a disappointment, on my third pair in 2 years of those because of two defective pairs and finally came back to Vasque. Cushioning inside is soft but rugged, never have had a wet foot in any of our Vasque.boots. Never a sore spot, never a blister in many miles. Used on hiking trails 3-5 miles everyday the weather allows.
My wife's first boots were given to her at Christmas '87. Well it wasn't jewerly and was looked at as "nice"... For 28 years she has been thanking me! In 2014 I replaced them for her. And she still thanks me and still has both in service. Never a wet foot, never a sore spot!
December 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Firefighter56 Love these boots!
I've had these boots for 3 years now with countless miles on them in every imaginable terrain. Snow, rocks, mud, dirt, hills, water, etc. and they have never let me down! Then only time they have been wet on the inside is when I got caught in an absolute downpour of a rainstorm in shorts and the water ran down from the top around my ankles. I clean them and put mink oil on them after every trip which has served them well. They don't look like new, I've replaced the laces several times and am now using brown 550 paracord which has lasted longer than any others. I am an Assistant Scoutmaster for my boys Boy Scout Troop and we do monthly trips, most of which require a lot of hiking and backpacking. Our trip planned for 2016 is a 5 day backpacking trip in the Rockies and will summit Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive on consecutive days. I'll be buying my 2nd pair of these soon so they are well broken in before the trip.
July 28, 2015