zosowrote a review of Vasque Summit GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's on May 11, 2010
These have been my go-to field work, hiking, adventuring and backpacking boots for two years. I have the 08 version, which features a rubber toe guard (more on this). They must have seen over 300 miles of bushwacking and technical trails with pack weights of up to 50 pounds (yeah, part of what I'm paid to do). They are, simply, the best footwear I could have for their role.
The leather is durable, but not overly heavy. They required the expected amount of break-in. I regularly treat them with Nikwax. As expected, they are 100% waterproof - even after long days. They have simple, but high quality support padding that dries quickly. The sole is a good, well-rounded hardness. It is slightly too firm to be perfectly confident while scrambling. I am just now thinking of resoling after 300+ hard miles.
In my travels I've found the rubber toe rand to add HUGELY to the durability of the boots. The durability of this boot with the toe-rand, compared with other all-leather hikers I've used in the past, is above and beyond expectations. I am truly sorry to say that I would NOT purchase a new pair at full price until they reintroduce the rubber toe rand.
I wear size 11 street shoes and size 11 boots. I have a mid volume foot, average arch and a medium width. No complaints with the fit of the boot, whatsoever.