Trailsmith wrote a review of Vasque Clarion GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's on October 27, 2006
Being as how I have only had the boots one month this review is based only on break in time. I used the boots in the Hetch Hetchy area mostly--took them down the Poopenaut trail which is about a 2 mile hike in and out but an elevation difference of 1229' both ways. For boots that I had only just received and minimally broke in the Clarions worked out great. No hot spots, plenty of ankle support (a basic need on my part) and yet plenty of comfort mostly coming back up. The hike back up was void of normal switchbacks and must have been developed by local fisherman wanting to get a direct route to the river below. Still a beautiful destination and worth the hike. I did hike a couple of trails in Yosemite as well with my boots giving me no problems. Why a 4 instead of a 5 ranking--I am saving a 5 for the boot that carries me back up that hike.