stuart smythewrote a review of Vasque Snowburban UltraDry Winter Boot - Men's on June 6, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I ordered the 10.5, beluga old gold colour...fit is fine, colour is fine...the fit was tight initially, mostly across the forefoot, have now moulded and stretched where needed. If anything i'd go half a size down if you intend to really use these boots for the purpose they were built.
At first the heel cup felt loose with that "sloshing" feeling. Lashing down the laces across the forefoot and the ankle bite solved for this and the lacing system here works ok, but a hook system would enable different lacing options. My greatest frustration being that, like other reviews, the "neck" of the boot is narrow. I have wide feet (general EEE last (102mm)), regardless of how loose the laces, these are still tough boots to slide on. Once on, laces tightened and lashed down (recommend a surgeons knot), particularly pushing the heel into the back of the boot, the boot work well. Remembering these aren't "everyday wear to the shops", or urban type shoes...they are for serious hiking in tough cold conditions. You put them on, they stay on for hours. That is what they're designed for. The lace loops however should be hooks and d-rings. When hiking through relatively flat terrain, its good to be able to loosen the ankle hold and let your feet "breathe". the lacing system doesn't allow this.
The sole and grip pattern is terrific...mud, snow, slush, even slippery basalt rocks...these work well.
Temperature wise, only pushed them to minus 5c, but toasty warm nonetheless after 5 hours of hiking through various terrain.
Given the need to really tighten the boot to get the best fit, the longevity of the top four lace loops/eyelets will be the challenge.
These are high ankle fitting boots. Push through the "rubbing" issues on the ankle and shin bone from the cuff pressure. Overall can't complain about this boot. Lace hooks would see it rank better. For the price, these boots function as intended.