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Would you like the support of a leather boot without the extended break-in periods? The Vasque Clarion GTX hiking boot is built with a Bimodial insole for increased support in this fabric and leather boot. No longer will you have to get new boots a month in advance to break them in for a weekend in the hills. With fabric components, this boots will be ready in a couple days. Tough enough for week-long backpacking trips, the Clairon GTX also has a Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet dry, whether your excursion's in August or October.

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Satisfied (after figuring out sizing)

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

(writing a review from girlfriend's account)

I'm usually a minimalist when it comes to hiking, and until this point have always settled with nothing more than a solid pair of running shoes on the trail. In preparation for some backpacking this summer, I bought these, my first true pair of hiking boots. The sizing is different than a running shoe. I am always a 10.5 (asics, vans, brooks), but these boots fit me just right in a 9.5. I thought I could get away with a 10 with thick socks, but realized it just wouldn't cut it. Better to be happy in all types of socks. With the 9.5 I still have room to wear my thickest socks, but can also comfortably wear very thin and breathable socks as well. The boots are lightweight and sturdy. They come a little stiff, which is ok for me as I very much enjoy the break-in period. Beginning to take some shape after 3-4 day hikes. Overall am very satisfied. These boots are very handsome. I am curious to see if some reviews about the short life of the sole hold true...


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought these about 12 years ago and have worn them hiking on rock, in snow, in mud and in rain. They're my go-to outdoor boots, get used about 10x a year for a day to few days at a time. They are comfortable, supportive and solid. I have average width feet and a high arch. By now they are a pretty scuffed and the lining is slightly worn in a couple of areas. The other day the sole at the heel finally pulled apart on the left boot after a few days out in snow. I considered buying a Vasque leather boot but decided to save the money and resources and am sending them off to an authorized repair place in Seattle for re-soling.

Not impressed

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I was looking for a winter hiking boot and initially loved these. They are sized a bit large and allow a thicker sock. After a brief break in period, I took these on a hike on dry roads in 20 degree temps, my feet were warm but not too warm. They were comfortable (though lacking in arch support - nothing a good pair of Superfeet couldn't fix). A few days later I put on a pair of microspikes and took them up in the mountains in snow (not in deep power - on an established snow covered trail) on a two hour hike. The longer I was out it seemed that my toes weren't quite as warm (despite aerobic activity). When I got back I felt inside and felt cold water around the edges of the sole and the upper. Definitely not waterproof. Bummer - I have a hard time finding size 15 boots.

1 year and out soles are coming unglued

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I've had these boots a little over a year now and have been very happy with them until now. I've worn them a bit but have not abused them by any means. They have a few scuffs and scrapes in the leather but otherwise look good. Now the out sole on my left boot is peeling right off at the heel and the right boot is starting to do the same. I would have thought that for $170 these things would have held up better. Seeing how the warranty is up ill probably have to take these to a boot repair shop on my own dime to fix. Don't think ill by this brand again.

1 year and out soles are coming unglued

Best boots i've ever owned

    Bought these my freshman year of college back in 1996. Wore them out of the store, and hiked 22 mile loop up and down Clingman's Dome in TN. Have worn them off and on as my go to hiking boot, around town footwear, and finally my work boots, when my regular Red Wing Peco's were needing a rest. Needless to say, it's 2012, and I just ordered my second pair, and I'm thinking of ordering two pair, in case Vasque does something crazy and discontinues them. I think these are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet.

    Best boots i've ever owned

    Careful if you have wide feet

      These seem to be well built quality boots. The were reasonably comfortable on short day hikes for a week in Shenandoah. I kept hoping they would stretch out as they broke in. Unfortunatley no such luck , after a 13 mile hike (40-50 total miles), I had to give in and send them back. I must say the toe box on these boots was much wider than anything else I've tried. I would have given these boots much higher marks if I they would have fit my foot better. Backcountry's return process was easy and quick, they do a great job.

      Sweet Boots

        Got these about a year ago and love 'em. They're comfortable, stylish (as in there isn't a brand name plastered on the toe... hate that) and perform to my expectations. Took 'em into the Smokys for 4 nights and they (and my barefoot Merrells) made the trip extremely enjoyable. The only reason I'm giving them four stars is because I had to return my first pair because they are a little larger than most other shoes. I normally wear an 11 in Adidas, Merrell, Patagonia, etc. but these were just too large. Had to get a 10.5. Overall very happy with my first pair of Vasques!

        Sweet Boots

        Much better than I thought they'd be.

          These boots really surprised me- They're super light! When I got the box with them in it in the mail, I thought at first that they must have forgot one of the boots. I put them on and was running all over the house like a nut ball- jumping over furniture and doing karate kicks. I really just couldn't get over how light they were.

          The Skywalk soles are super grippy and the boot is very comfortable. Mine ran way big, so I took them back and got a size down. That fit perfectly. I also noticed they're a bit wider than most backpacking boots like my Scarpa SL M3's or Danner ML2's which both run on the narrow side. I like that the vasques are wider, because I like to spread out my toes when I hike.

          One last thing- the boots are really handsome!They don't look it from the pictures so much, but they really are.

          I subtracted one star because they create a bit of pressure on the ankle. However, not enough for me not to use them. I only bought these originally because I got a real good Black Friday deal on them. I was expecting to try them on, stick them in a box and return them. Actually, that's what I did, but it was only to get the correct size.

          These are going to become my main hiking boot from now on (barring any unlikely quality control issues).

          Comfy but...

            I love my boots, very comfy but the sole will separate from the boot in the heel area before you can wear out the sole. Soles are bonded, not sewn to the boot. I don't think you could ever possibly wear out the upper.


              Great boot. Wore them about a week before a backpacking trip and they broke in very quickly. Hiked 5+ miles each way with 3500+ vert with no blisters at all. My feet were super comfy and dry, even after 6 creek crossings.

              great boots

                Honestly, I just worked a 15 hr day in these boots. On my feet on the move the whole time carrying 120 lb patio stones over rough uneven ground over boards and slick mud. Towards the end of it around hr 13 my heels started to feel it, I don't expect footwear to hold up for that many hrs but maybe a softer insole would do it alleviate the pain. Thats the only qualm I have had with these boots.. SUPER aggressive traction, that sticks to the most slippery rocks. they are a little ridged boot but if you get the leather wet and hike in them for a few hrs they seem to loosen up quick. i also wear mine a little loosen around the ankle to give it room to move a bit, which I have found to make the boot much more comfortable and lighter feeling.

                I would definitely recommended these boots. 5 stars.

                My boot

                  I've owned these for 5 years now. They have held up many miles on the trail. The soles are finally wearing short so I'll be looking at another pair this coming fall.

                  The Goretex liner has been excellent at keeping out water. I've used them snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, and a couple days at work. I have not had any blisters using these,, just a few hot-spots, which is very surprising.

                  Your basic backpacking boot at a very reasonable price.

                  Sick Boot

                    I have been completely satisfied with these boots thus far. I am an overpronate and the boots did make the outside of my leg where the uppers rubbed a little sore, but after a ten mile hike they broke in rather nicely and I have not had that problem since. They have wonderful grip, even on wet rocks. They will definitely keep you dry. I stood in a creek for about twenty seconds and never got wet. I wear a 10.5 in street shoes and ordered 10.5 and they leave a little room still, at least enough for a heavy weight wool sock to be comfortable. The leather does take scratches pretty easily, but that's not really a big concern. Great boot overall.

                    Vasque Clarion GTX-AWESOME!

                      Just received my Vasque Clarion GTX's @ 2days! 2 miles on them already; required @ 0.5 miles of "break-in" other words, ZERO B-in time! SUPER comfortable, awesome ankle support(both of mine have a total of 11 pins and 2 screws in them), and xcellent traction off the "beaten - trail"! Hope they keep these suckers in production for a long, long time to come!

                      Quality Made, Runs Long But Narrow

                        Clarion boots must be the best quality footwear that Vasque currently makes. Rugged, good thick leather, breathable, cushy, moderate arch support. These are awesome boots if you are looking for locked-in ankle support (kind of like a short ski boot.) Also as a plus, I noticed the toe-box has extra material added as hidden toe protection. I find that these do run large like states, but only in length, the boot runs narrow at the widest part of the foot. I technically measure as a Men's 9.5M but found a 10W to be tight in the width. I Would Not recommend these for all-around activity because when you're wearing them they do feel like a boot, a little clunkier. I find them a little uncomfortable on the lower calves while driving, partly just because of their height. I Would recommend these for hard labor on your feet (a logger, construction worker, etc,) or for more serious hiking.

                        Excellent Boots

                          Haven't had 'em long and I'm still breaking them in, but I already love these boots and am thinking of buying a second pair. They are extremely lightweight - I practically forget they're on. They seem to run a tiny bit large; but I tend to wear liners under heavy wool socks, so the fit works out perfectly. It also doesn't hurt that they are great-looking. The service from was outstanding. I'll be back for more stuff...

                          Could these boots be used with strap on...

                          Could these boots be used with strap on crampons? Not serious ice climbing but hiking up a mountain?

                          Unanswered Question

                          I like the reviews and have ordered a pair...

                          I like the reviews and have ordered a pair but I was interested to know if these "Sky Walker" "The Soles of Records" soles are as good as the old Vibram lug soles (100s or the 100Rs). Will they last as long and are they as effective on dirt inclines, grassy cross-country hiking etc.(not interested in rock or concrete,I work and play in the hills). Thanks

                          I have received these boots as a gift and...

                          I have received these boots as a gift and at first they fit and felt great. I have taken them out 2 or 3 times only on hikes as long as 6 miles. The problem is they really start to irritate my ankle right around where the metal lacing guide is on the upper right side on my right shoe only. It's almost like there isn't anything in between the metal and my ankle so it just gets worse and worse as I hike. I thought they might break in after a while but I haven't had any luck.
                          Has anyone else had a similar issue with these boots? Is there something wrong with my pair or do you think these just aren't a good fit for me?

                          Hi Ryan, I've owned these GTX's for 5 years now. I haven't had as much discomfort in this area on the ankle, but I do notice it the next day when I start hiking. It will feel slightly sore, like a small bruise, but for myself it only bothers me for about 5-10 minutes into the hike. I also notice this more when I haven't hiked in over a month. When I'm hiking more frequently, I don't notice this at all, as my skin is toughened up a bit. Also, I never wear a lightweight sock with these, always using a mid-weight backpacking sock. This may be an issue for you if you are using lightweight socks, otherwise it sounds like these may just not be the best fit for you.

                          I am a size 12 in most shoes, sometimes...

                          I am a size 12 in most shoes, sometimes an 11.5, slightly wide foot. Do these fit normally or should I size up or down?

                          I wear a 10.5M. Is this boot good for...

                          I wear a 10.5M. Is this boot good for wide feet? And when will you have a 10.5M available.

                          I wear EEE in New Balance shoes... VERY wide feet.

                          I've owned two pairs of the Vasque Clarion boots, in size 8.5 Wide. My last pair, I ordered here, but it appears that backcountry no longer offers the Wide selection? :-(

                          Whatever. If you have wide feet, then get the Wide version of these. They are awesome boots for wide feet.

                          i have really wide feet would you recommend...

                          i have really wide feet would you recommend these

                          Yes. I have very wide feet (EEE), and have owned TWO pairs of these boots. I wear the 8.5 Wide size. It appears backcountry no longer offers the Wide size (bummer; I ordered my last pair here). But if you can find them, they're great boots for wide feet.

                          My husband bought a pair of Vasque Clarion...

                          My husband bought a pair of Vasque Clarion GTX 2 winters ago. He only wears them in the winter on his job delivering mail. The other day while on the job the sole on one of the boots came lose and pealed back to the heel. Shouldn't the warranty cover a problem like this for more then a year? The boots are not woren or damaged in any way. The other boot is in great shape. What would have caused this problem?

                          Hey Marianne,First, where did you buy them? That does seem a little fishy that only one would peel up like that. It could be caused from kicking something or stubbing the end of the boot on something but it doesn't sound like a normal wear and tear issue. If you bought them from know their return policy so you're covered. If you bought them somewhere else I'd recommend contacting Vasque and have them help sort it out. They're great people to work with and seem to be very understanding with issues like this. Hope that helps.

                          Unanswered Question

                          I need a size 10.5. Any idea when they'll...

                          I need a size 10.5. Any idea when they'll be getting a new shipment in that will have that size?

                          are they waterproof

                          are they waterproof