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Slip on the Vasque Men's Mantra XCR Hiking Shoe for a strenuous hike on your favorite trail. Vasque gave this versatile light hiking shoe a toothy rubber outsole for on-trail traction and a stylish mesh, leather upper that looks as good at the pub as it does on the trail. A dual-density EVA midsole provides cushioning for day hikes or trips around town, while a straight shaped last is wide enough for hikers with a wide forefoot. If the weather turns rainy during your stroll around the market, the Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable membrane keeps your feet dry and happy.

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1 5

Lose waterproof capability

These shoes are comfortable and grip well. Unfortunately, after about 7 months of moderate use, they stopped being waterproof. Water now seeps in around the toes, and for my wet area, I need to find an alternative.

3 5

Disappointed in the quality

I've had these shoes for about 3 years and have been very pleased with their performance until recently. I haven't put too many miles on them (the tread is still in excellent shape), but the stitching is coming apart all over. I am not happy and expected more from a Vasque shoe.

2 5

vasque Mantra GTX Hiking Shoe

I returned these shoes as the right one was smaller than the left. The black toe pad came up higher on the right foot as well. They looked nice and the left foot was comfortable. There was no half size larger available, so I did not try a larger size. There is an 11 1/2 now, but the sale passed and the price went up $40.00

4 5

Mantra shoes held up during rain storm

I bought these as a present for my father. I took them camping and handed them over. Knowing it was going to be a cold and wet weekend, I was hoping for the best. These shoes kept my dad's feet warm and dry in 3inches of rain and the traction was undeniable in 5inches of snow. Great purchase!

4 5

OK I don't do serious hiking

I bought these because of the fit and the GoreTex. I do photography (It's a hobby).

They keep my feet dry and are comfrontable.

4 5

Vasque Mantra

I got these to have a low top hiker for my screwing around on little hikes and walks with the dog. The toe seemed to show a lot of wear early on and got cut in a few places from simple tramping through bushes. however, after the initial damage, they have not gotten any worse since. I have taken them out in bad weather and my feet always stay dry. Defintely a good purchase.

3 5


this shoe felt supportive, HOWEVER i have not even owned them for 3 years and some of the stitching started to come apart.... was very disappointed.

5 5

Great Hiker

These shoes are at home from a scree slope to a paved path. The Vibram sole is fantastic - reports that this is a stiff shoe are confusing to me, the footbed twists quite easily and gives you an acceptable feel for the terrain. I turfed the stock insoles and replaced them with Superfeet beds without issue.Maintaining a strong build on the outer perimeter, they have endured much punishment in my time with them and are still in great shape.These are a far cry from the 'wannabe urban hikers' that seem to be saturating the market - they actually perform.

5 5

Awesome shoe!

Vasque Mantra GTX -- Just got these a couple weeks ago and they're great! As soon as i got them i replaced the insoles with a pair of Superfeet insoles, tho the Vibram's seemed very well made and rugged as well, much better than a pair of Merrels i bought and returned a week before. (The insoles on them seemed like cheap foam and when i placed my Superfeet in them my toes got all crunched, hence the return.) After the first day of just wearing them at work and around town my feet killed. Come to find out i didn't cut the Superfeet right. I only cut to length not width. So after I did that they are like a glove now. Very comfortable. (= I took them on a weekend practice hike of about 13 miles with about a 40lb backpack. And WOW! I heard people say these would'nt be good for heavy packs but i beg to differ. Maybe its alot to do with the insoles but my feet didn't hurt one bit. Whether if it was a mucky swampland or along side a paved road, they felt great. If it wasn't for my back and legs getting sore i felt like i could've hiked forever in them. The days after i got back, my legs killed but not my feet. Maybe i'll try another weekend hike in the Vibrams insole just so i can compare the two. Another positive point, my laces never came untied but i did tie them the same way that they came in the box, so that probably helped. All in all I'm very happy with these and i'll definately be using them for my big month long+ hiking trip coming up. They're worth every penny, Thanks Backcountry!

2 5

Nice features but TERRIBLE on comfort

These shoes are very waterproof and durable but i bet center blocks would be more comfortable. The soles of these shoes are incredibly stiff and kill my feet. I had the old style that wasnt waterproof and they were one of the most comfortable shoes i have ever worn but the new Montra GTX are RUBBISH. What happened?

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I don't see how you can possibly say these are stiff. I just bought a pair and they are barely more stiff than sneakers. They are light but they are certainly not rubbish.

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I would agree that the GoreTex version feel less comfy than my old non-Gore version too. They do seem stiffer.

Also, as a person with sweatier feet, these Gore shoes don't seem to breathe at all. I get sweaty feet just sitting at my desk now...little nervous for summer hikes in them.

4 5

Great Hiking Shoe

I have had these a couple of years now, and I use them whenever I am not carrying a heavy pack. They are sturdy and have a great sole. The GTX keeps them waterproof, though any low-top is subject to water coming in over the top. Use them with gaiters if there is a lot of scree around.

I would recommend these to anyone looking for a good trail shoe, as they fit the bill between backpacking boots and running shoe. The only thing I do not like is the un-stylish look: purple, brown, and gray is a bit much for wearing around town. Out in the backcountry, of course, it doesn't matter.

5 5

great shoe

again, a Christmas present for my hubby. He said they were comfortable from the get go and really wear well. He's been looking for a good waterproof shoe for a while and we think this one is a winner.

Unanswered Question

Do these shoes contain a shank?

Do these shoes contain a shank?

5 5



I'm planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian...

I'm planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and I was wondering what the thoughts are for that application with these shoes? Any specific comments about expected mileage, water resistance, or blisters would be great.

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These seem like they would be a little to light duity for a long hike like that, espically if you will be carrying a heavy pack. These will just be a little to light duity for a big hike like that, they would make an excellent day hike shoe.

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I've talked to some thru hikers and am researching and buying gear for my daughter to start thru hiking AT soon. They all mostly wear sturdy trail runners that have a shank for underfoot protection and lots of mesh for breathability and fast drying. For your gear set think: lighter, thinner, smaller with everything! She has pack weight down to 25 - 30 lbs. No need for a bag under 10 to 15 degrees as the temps. don't go lower than that. Think of layering all clothes together for climate changes. Get titanium pot and homemade pop can alcohol stove. Look up ultra light camp sites for lots of info. and keep paring down. Most hikers only carry one set of clothes, warmer layers, raingear, and spare socks & undergarments. Everyone says gortex shoes too hot and don't dry fast enough. Happy trails - keep researching!

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Moving on what Lisa said, I tend to agree with hiking with trail-runners. If you can get your pack under 30 lbs, any sturdy trail runner should do well (Montrail Hardrocks, Brooks Cascadias, La Sportiva Fireblades, etc.) I have a lot of miles under my belt from trail-running, but when I backpack, I primarily go with my most comfortable trail-runner with some superfeet insoles. I personally think trail-runners are the way to go.

But I am sure other folks will disagree. As you may know the saying though, Hike Your Own Hike!

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Some people want a big, rugged boot for long hikes; others don't. I suggest some short, 2-3 day hikes to figure out your preference regarding hiking boots vs trail runners/tennis shoes vs sandals.
Oh, and your pack won't be heavy after you pass Blood Mtn, believe me. Figure on about 40lbs by the time you're fine-tuned. (I had no problems with sandals--or bare feet.)
And last thing--camp shoes! Crocs are da bomb, man. Super-light and super-durable. I've seen hikers hobbled by blisters (terrible blisters) hike out in Crocs...I'm also still using my original pair of Crocs from my '01 Trail section.

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As far as boot advice... have proven to be my favorite. I like that Keen offers a wider toe box. It allows my little pigs to wiggle, but still hugs my foot well and provides good support for long hikes.

On another note, I am curious if you are interested in having a tag along during your thru-hike? That is something I have wanted to do for a while, but I don't have enough friends interested in hiking to dedicate this much time and energy to the cause.

5 5

Vasque Mantra GTX

This is by far the best show I have ever owned. My foot runs narrow, and so does this shoe. My foot is a c width, and it seems this shoe is as well. The length is true to size. The support is good laterally. The soles will last forever. I have been wearing them around town, and the break in period was non-existent. I have yet to try them out on the trail, but I am sure they will perform there just as well.

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I would not recommend these boots except for looks. I bought a pair last Christmas for my son and by mid-Spring both boots had broken sole plates which then tore the Vibram sole across the instep area. While they could still be worn on the street, the were no longer water-proof and were a disaster on the trail. I took them to a shoe store and was told that the Vibram soles could be replaced for about $50, but that there was no support to keep them from tearing in two again -- the sole plate design was defective in his opinion and I should not waste my money. Thanks to Backcountry for standing behind their products so I could return them. Go with Montrail -- he got over two years of heavy backpacking/hiking out his last pair.

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These shoes run VERY narrow. I thought they would stretch after a while to a reasonable amount as my Merrill's did. No such luck. Unless you have a NARROW foot, stay away from them. They look great and seem to be nice a rugged, but I can't wait to take them off each day. Still hoping they give some.

4 5

vasque mantra gtx

a bit tight in width for a D width, but correct on length. not a self cleaner with those big cleats, and the heel pull-on tab snags sticks if not careful.
otherwise, great shoe. wear all day and feet don't feel flat. lots of traction, even in sticky mud. doesn't seem to pick up cheat grass like other shoes have in the past.

4 5

Vasque Mantra - good shoes

I've worn about a dozen pairs of Vasque shoes over the last decade, and I keep coming back. They have a good grippy sole for scrambling, and are comfortable even for very long hikes. I bought them in the spring and did a lot of hiking/running in them on wet trails, and my feet kept dry.

5 5

1st report

this is my first time purchasing hiking shoes. after a 17 mile hike i pulled at yosemite last year i realized i need something more supportive than my trusty running shoes (asics kayano). i tried out about 10 different shoes/boots, but the reason i settled on the mantra was because i realized i didn't need any heavy duty hiking boots (the most i would go would be for a 2-day hike carrying no more than 25lbs). also i didn't really like the hightops because none of them felt comfortable for me. mantra, with its lowtop, felt most comfortable of the bunch. i got the XCR version and tried out its waterproofness by wearing the shoes under a running facet for 2 mins and although i felt the cold, my feet stayed dry. i'd say the biggest drawback for this model is that it doesn't come in wide. i normally wear 2E, but this only comes in a medium width. i'll report again when i come back from yosemite half dome hike in about a couple months.

5 5

Typical Vasque Quality

this is my second pair of Vasque shoes, color scheme on the Mantra is much improved over previous offerings, and the quality of the product is excellent. Great fit, comfortable - as expected! And fully waterproof as advertised - I've tested them.