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Sundowner GTX

$219.99 USD MSRP

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Sundowner GTX

Features: Waterproof | Widths

$219.99 USD MSRP

Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 12 reviewers.
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It’s the boot to get you started and it’s the boot that takes you as far as you want to go. The new Sundowner GTX goes back to the future with a design that combines its original Italian-inspired look with the best of today’s performance. The seamless, 2.4-mm Red Wing leather upper (tanned in the US) wears for years, conditions like a dream, and sheds water reliably. A GORE-TEX® insert, the Vasque Pyrenees classic sole (styled on the original), and an impeccable tradition in the mountains—the Sundowner GTX is the classic mountain boot.

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)


  • OVERVIEW
  • CONSTRUCTION
WHAT'S IT FOR
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
BENEFITS
  • Simplicity=Longevity
  • Breaks in to a near custom fit
FEATURES
  • Leather tanned in the US
  • Gore-Tex® with Performance Comfort
  • Comfortable yet stable Polyurethane midsole
  • Cambered heel for efficient hiking stride
STATS
  • WEIGHT : 3 lbs. 3 oz. (1438g)
  • LAST : Sundowner Classic
  • UPPER : 2.4mm Waterproof Full Grain Leather
  • FOOTBED : Molded Polyurethane
  • MIDSOLE : Molded Polyurethane and TPU Shank
  • OUTSOLE : Vasque Pyrenees
UPPER

One piece, USA-tanned, 2.4 mm leather upper is the ultimate in durability and comfort. Less seams equal fewer hotspots and the longer you wear them, the more custom the fit becomes. A Gore-Tex® membrane protects from inclement conditions, and classic d-ring eyelets are tried and true and offer speed lacing. New for 2015, the Sundowner will be built around the original shaped last, for the classic fit so many have trusted on the trail.

SOLE

Once again, the Sundowner is offered in the original rubber traction sole with polyurethane midsole. This combination is a perfect blend of trail support and comfort for long miles. Vasque’s proprietary Pyrenees rubber sole takes direct design cues from the original, with aggressive lug pattern, excellent mud clearing and rockered heel for a natural foot transition on trails. The single density polyurethane midsole is coupled with a PU comfort footbed for excellent torsional structure for rough trails while offering great underfoot comfort for long days out.

Rated 5 out of 5 by The New (2015) Sundowners Rock! I've been waiting and watching to see when the quality of Vasque boots would finally be back. Well, they're back folks! I used to own what was called "waffle stompers" back in the 80's. They were serviceable, utilitarian at best, but I always wanted a pair of Vasque Sundowners and was envious of my friends who were lucky enough to have them. Well, today I am an active outdoorsman, hike casually and regularly ride a motorcycle, all of which I plan to use the boots for. To speak about the quality of the leather, the soles, the form and fit, I simply can't say enough. These boots are high quality and I look forward to years of using them. If you're like me and have been waiting for the return of the infamous Sundowner, rest assured they're back! July 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great All-Around Boot I used the store locator on this website and found a retailer 50 miles from where I live in Vermont. I wanted to try the boots on, rather than order them online and probably have to send them back to get a proper fit. Good thing, because while my feet measured 10 Medium in the store, the boots that actually fit were 10 1/2 Wide. Fortunately the store I visited had a good selection. On to the boot itself. Well made, handsome, substantial but not overly heavy. I wanted a fairly aggressive sole for the kinds of hiking I do: woods roads and paths, and sometimes slick granite. After just over a week of daily wear, including in the rain and on a 6-mile mountain hike, I'm happy with the traction, including on wet rock. The Goretex inner liner works well, and the fact that the boot is essentially made out of a single piece of leather further mitigates against water entry. I'm still breaking in the boots. There is some stiffness around the ankle that's a bit uncomfortable, but it is gradually lessening. In sum, this Vietnam-built version of the Sundowner is a great all-around hiking and recreational boot that's attractive enough to wear around town. I'm totally happy with my purchase. May 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I love this boot, but now need to look for something else. I've been using this boot for work over the last fifteen years, going through a pair about every five years. Even when the quality of the leather decreased, they were still ideal: Lightweight, waterproof, easy to clean, and with a durable sole. However, with recent change in the sole, I can't imagine they'll stand up to kicking a shovel all day. I'm hesitant to pay $200 for boot that won't stand up to heavy use. I hope I can find a pair with the previous sole. If not, goodbye old friend. If you plan to use these boots for hiking only, and they fit you well, I'm sure you'll love them. May 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's all I wear. I purchased my first pair of Sundowners to use specifically for backpacking back in 1994. They quickly became my everyday shoe and continue to be 22 years later. Unless I am wearing a business suit or swim trunks, you will find Vasque Sundowners on my feet. May 6, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Same great look...not the same craftsmanship Owned a few pair of Sundowners in the Mid to late 90s - great boot that held up well traversing the swamps and trails of The UP...down to the most southern regions of Mexico...the fit and look improved w/age. Bought my last pair a few years ago and after one trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park ...left the leather shredded and beyond repair. Meh. June 11, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not at all like the original Sundowners I bought a pair of Sundowners in the late '90's and backpacked Alaska, British Columbia, Mt Rainier Natl Park, parts of the AT and the PCT, all of the Ozark Highland Trail and many hundreds of miles in between. I loved those boots! Alas, the time came for new ones. Unfortunately, I paid about the same for the second pair but don't think the new ones will come close to the mileage the original one did. June 8, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Move production Back to Italy. The vintage sundowners made in Italy were the best hiking boots of all time. Once production went to China, they never felt the same again. I've tried two pair of the Chinese sundowners over the years, and now I look for used Italian sundowners on eBay. Vasquez, why not take production back to Italy? Even if the boots end up costing twice as much, it would be better to spend more up front for quality than to have to keep replacing cheaply built boots. Your customers know the difference. February 23, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not like the old ones Very stiff leather. Runs about a half size small and are very narrow. Despite what they say these are nothing like the old ones made in Italy. April 6, 2016
  • 2016-08-29 T11:16:08.881-05:00
  • bvseo_lps, prod_bvrr, vn_prr_5.6
  • cp-1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_12, tr_12
  • loc_en_US, sid_07126, prod, sort_default
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