Rated 5 out of 5Â by Yardwork Bought them in 1986
I just went by a local store to have them re-glued, the sole is pealing away and I just hate to part with them...the clerk recommended I start over, its only been 34 years! I've spent a lifetime in these and have hiked across North America, Africa, and the Middle East. They took me through Death Valley, through the rain forest in Alaska, and over the Blue Ridge smokies many times. I carried a heavy pack most of the time and never once had a problem with them. I was always dry and blister free. Rebar took a bite out of them back in 2001, but the leather held together and the inning never frayed. I replaced many laces and always carried a spare, not once did these boots leave me stranded.
June 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5Â by bearnajeep Sad to see the change
I owned an original Italian pair but foolishly bent the steel shank when I used them to kick start my dirt bike. I replaced them with another pair but the Chinese version has no steel shank, the fit is completely different, and the sole has separated from the boot in only 2 short years. It's sad to see another great product fall victim to corporate greed and outsourcing.
June 17, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Phil57 not heavy/ not light
The Sundowner has been a great and versatile boot. It's heavy enough to provide support while backpacking but light enough to not be a weight on the end of my legs. The leather is heavy enough to protect from rocks when backpacking yet supple enough to flex with my foot. Anecdotally, they seemed better when made in Italy.
June 5, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5Â by BringBackMyItalianBoots I loved these boots when they were made in Italy
Alas, I had to say goodby to my beloved pair of Vasque Sundowners after nearly two decades of hard wear. They have covered hundreds of trail miles through various terrain, weather, and loads. They were the best boots one could ask for in both the back and front country. I couldn't imagine wearing anything else. But the time came to retire them. My consolation was that there were still on the market. This, it turned out, was no consolation. The recent version of the boots are poor quality - they came apart where the leather meets the sole within a couple of weeks, the leather is poor quality and the lining tore away on the inside of the boot in one weekend trip. PLEASE oh PLEASE bring back the high-quality, Italian-crafted boot I loved and that made this boot such a staple in the hiking world. Until then, it pains me to say these boots ARENT made for walkin.
May 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JohnnyWass 20 years and counting.
20 years ago I bought these boots to hike into the crater of Haleakala. The largest dormant volcano in the world. We camped overnight and hiked back out the next day. 20 years later they've been with me all over. Still great.
April 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tominrm Excellent for Long Distance Hiking
Last year, when I was 67, I purchased a pair for my long distance hiking per recommendation from my doctor who is a serious hiker. I broke in my boots about a month before I left for my 600 mile hike across the northern Spain called El Camino de Santiago. It started from the France side of Pyrenees and ended at the western end of Spain, town of Muxia.
The boots were very comforable and water proof until the last day when I walked in the rain for 7 hours. It was a little bit damp inside that day.
The boots were comfortable and durable. It showed a little bit of wear (less than 1/4 inch wear at the back) but unless someone tells me I need to get a new pair, I am going back to the same hike this year with my old pair of Sundowner.
March 30, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5Â by teke I can not find these boots anywhere I. the entire planet in black
I don't know what it is that is so hard for this company to make this in black just plain old black I had a couple pairs a couple years ago but now can not fins anything why are you discontinuing something so awesome like this and also the Triple Crown low ankle boot and the jaywalkers are the best ice ever had period pleaseeeeeee please I'm begging you people if their is anyone out there listening make these boots and just advertise them and trust me you will sell out before you even know it and don't discontinue nothing pleaseeeeeee....
March 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Hazel Comfortable, but not waterproof
I just got these a few months ago and finally got out on the trail this past weekend. They are very comfortable and great for rocky wet surfaces. It was a wet hike and my left shoe was waterproof, but my right shoe leaked really bad where the leather meets the sole. Was hoping that this could be a hiking boot I'd wear for years and years, but I'm not sure now with the leaks. Other than that, it seems like a great shoe.
April 14, 2015