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MEN'S BACKPACKING BOOTS

Sundowner GTX

$219.99 USD MSRP

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  • Sundowner GTX product photo
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  • Sundowner GTX product photo
  • Sundowner GTX product photo
  • Sundowner GTX product photo
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MEN'S BACKPACKING BOOTS

Sundowner GTX

Features: Waterproof | Widths

$219.99 USD MSRP

SUNDOWNER GTX, RED OAK Mens is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 16.
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When you imagine what a hiking boot should be, the Sundowner is the vision that comes to mind. The longevity and fan loyalty of this style is no fluke; the simplicity, function and elegance of this hiker may very well be boot nirvana.

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
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  • 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 from Hello old friend!!! It's funny to see people talk about how the classic Sundowners are "ruined". These ARE the classic sundowners! For years I lamented the loss of the curved heel and classic sole for that flat abomination that has been with us since the late 90's... I have spent more time than one would think combing eBay for the right pair of classics... And just like that! Vasque brings them back! I bought a pair as soon as I saw em and they're just like having an old friend back!! Thank you Vasque for setting things right! They're firm and functional just like they used to be. I had given up on the sneaker feel of the recent boots but now I'm back!! Now if you could just bring back the old burgundy with tan accent that'd be swell!! Awesome boots! Comfortable out of the box and long lasting are mutually exclusive! Give em time folks!! These ARE the classic Sundowners!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rock Hard Leather - A Big Disappointment I purchased my first pair of Sundowners in 1993 and days later hiked the Wind River Range in Wyoming without prior break in of those boots. The leather was soft and supple and they fit like a glove. Never once had a problem with blisters. They simply fit and were exceptionally comfortable. I purchased a replacement pair last year. They were made in China in September of 2014. The leather is rock hard and doesn't flex. The soles are like walking on 2x4's. They are extremely stiff and inflexible. Worse yet, the leather above the toes breaks toward the inside of the boot so it pinches the top of my toes. I've tried several times to make it flex upward and away from the top of my foot but the leather is too stiff. The leather at the top of the boot rubs my ankles because it has no give. It's just rock hard over the entire boot. I'm hesitant to try the "new improved" version, especially after sinking nearly $200 into this pair.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope, nope, nope. If it ain't broke don't fix it. So sad to see the wonderful Sundowners of the past be "improved" on. As a previous reviewer asked, "Why Vasque, why?"
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why Vasque why? I am very disapointed Vasque, I have been a loyal customer since I first discovered your Sundowner classics in the mid 90's, and now I find out my favorite boots have met their demise, this is a sad day.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-05-10
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Footwear Size Comparison Chart For Most Common International Systems

USA MEN'S USA WOMEN'S EUROPEAN BRITISH MEN'S cm WOMEN'S cm
  4 33.5 1.5   21
  4.5 34 2   21.5
3.5 5 34.5 2.5 21.5 22
4 5.5 35 3 22 22.5
4.5 6 36 3.5 22.5 23
5 6.5 37 4 23 23.5
5.5 7 37.5 4.5 23.5 24
6 7.5 38 5 24 24.5
6.5 8 38.5 5.5 24.5 25
7 8.5 39 6 25 25.5
7.5 9 40 6.5 25.5 26
8 9.5 41 7 26 26.5
8.5 10 41.5 7.5 26.5 27
9 10.5 42 8 27 27.5
9.5 11 42.5 8.5 27.5 28
10 12 43 9 28 28.5
10.5   43.5 9.5 28.5  
11   44 10 29  
11.5   45 10.5 29.5  
12   46 11 30  
13   47 12 31  
14   48 13 32  
15   49 14 33  
16   50 15 34  
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