All-day hiking comfort.
The next time you go hiking, make sure your feet are properly outfitted in the Men's Eriksson GTX Backpacking Boot from Vasque. The uppers are made from 2.2mm waterproof full-grain leather that is lined with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, so your feet will stay dry all day. Since backpacking naturally can involve heavy packs, Vasque used a PU-foam midsole as well as an EVA footbed for the ultimate in support and all-day comfort. Since the best hiking boot in the world won't help you if you're slipping and falling on your face due to lack of traction, Vasque added Vibram Summit rubber soles.
- 2.2mm waterproof full-grain leather uppers
- Gore-Tex membrane
- PU-foam midsole
- Dual density EVA footbed
- Vibram Summit rubber soles
- Item #VSQ000E
- Q & A
30 miles of rain, snow, and rivers
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
Feet stayed SUPER dry! Great traction, too, as the snowfall on the final night obscured the trail and we wound up traversing a few miles over a serious boulder field(not pictured). Didn't slip once. Another crazy thing is I'm usually a size 9 in street shoes and size up for hiking boots but these in the size 9 fit well, required almost no break-in(ok actually I just didn't break them in before the trip... long story), and I barely even had a hot spot, let alone a blister, even on the 3rd day. Pretty nice! They are pretty heavy, thus the 4 stars, but would be ideal for weight training.
Vasque Erikkson GTX
Great Packing Boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
Disclaimer: I am o shill- I have been genuinely pleasantly surprised by this boot...
I purchased the Vasque Erikkson GTX after much comparison and research in the first week of January 2015, after having disappointing experiences with various light hikers from other manufacturers. I have a couple of other heavier hiking boots from Zamberlan and La Sportiva, but was looking for something lighter for work and daily hikes with my dogs, and the light hikers from Merrell, Keen, etc. were wearing ( for me ) very quickly. Based on reviews, and store visits to look at various models in person I pulled the trigger on the Vasque Erikkson GTX, at the Backcountry.com retail store here in Salt Lake and couldn't be more satisfied.
As of today I've had them through 4 months of winter and spring weather, at a minimum of 20 miles a week,(likely more than forty most weeks) due to being used both at work in a commercial construction environment, and also for their intended hiking environment in the wasatch mountains near Salt Lake city and also ranging as far as the Wind Rivers in Wyoming, and the Southern Utah redrock. at work I have used them climbing Ladders, on roofs, in oily, wet dry, and slippery conditions, to no observable faults.
These boots fit well from the outset, needing (for me) no real "break-in" period, I put in an aftermarket insole, but found it a bit stiff and replaced the Vasque foam insole after a few days. I regularly walk my two dogs in an area with a running creek and though I was apprehensive about getting my new boots wet, and quickly found I had nothing to worry about the first time I had to retrieve a tennis ball from the stream. Since then the boots have been immersed numerous times, and I can't recall having wet feet on any occasion when I hadn't been in the water over the top of the boot.
After 4 months of near constant wear I can see little sign of deterioration, the plating has worn from some of the d-rings and metal hardwear, the ( originally black) leather dye has faded a bit the leather feels a bit softer in wear points, and a the rubber to cap is delaminating a tiny bit at areas of flex. as far as maintainance, I generally wear low gaiters when hiking , and these boots are gently dried everynight with the insole removed on a comercially available boot dryer, and when muddy ( as they often have been as its been "mud season" the entire time I've owned these boots) I scrub the soil off with a brush, and wipe the leather off with a cotton cloth.
The soles show little sign of wear on the bottoms, the sodes of the soles where there are various layers of rubbery foams and plastics have multiple small gouges and dings, but nothing inconsistent with the amount of wear.
I generally wear boots out beginning with the inner lining, followed by the sole itself, and so far I am happy to say both are seemingly undamaged ( assuming doghair sticking to the linning doesn't count as damage!...)
All and All for months in and I am pretty clase to saying these might by my favorite boots , but its still only 4 months in so we shall see!....