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Make space on the floor of your closet for the do-it-all Vasque Women's Rift Hiking Shoe. This ultra-stylish hiker boasts a poppy, stylish suede and nubuck upper that blends into the urban environment with ease. At heart, however, it's a Vasque hiker, so you can count on it for performance on the trail as well.

  • Tough 1.6mm suede and nubuck leather upper combines a sporty look with trail-ready durability
  • Rubber toe and heel rand boost durability and protection
  • Dual-density EVA footbed and molded EVA midsole cushion foot from harsh terrain and provide stability for steep trails
  • Ultra-sticky Vibram Spider sole with Idogrip rubber handles offers excellent grip anywhere from town to trails
  • Lacing all the way down to the toe helps customize your fit
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Are the Vasque Rift and the Vasque Mantra...

Are the Vasque Rift and the Vasque Mantra GTX going to fit the same way - same size?? Which is lighter weight?

Hi Buffy,

The GTX Mantras are going to be a bit heavier, clocking in at 1 lb 13 oz, versus 1 lb 6 oz for the Rift.

I've found the sizing on Vasque's hiking shoes to be fairly consistent-- I was the same size in the Rift as in the Mantras, which are my primary hiking shoes-- but your mileage may vary.

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions-- I can be reached at 800.409.4502 ext 4456, or

Are these shoes waterproof?

Are these shoes waterproof?

I was hoping to buy these as a more...

I was hoping to buy these as a more lightweight option for backpacking trips. I read on the Vasque site that they are an approach shoe (suppose I could've guessed by the styling) but I'm wondering if they would be suitable for backpacking for days with 8-15 miles of hiking a day. Would/could these hold up?

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I'd say that largely depends on you and how much weight you are carrying. My girlfriend never wears boots or anything more than an approach shoe even on bigger days. The durability will also depend on where you are using them. If you are on a lot of talus and scree I would say you will probably get a solid year out of them. If you are mostly on dirt trails without a lot of rocks, expect a lot more life out of them.

Another consideration may be uphill/downhill hiking in these..I love my approach shoes for most trips less than 8-10 miles, unless a large portion of the hike is downhill. Because approach shoes are designed to have a more snug fit in the toe, traveling downhill for long periods can lead to toe crunch. I don't mind this too much as long I can tighten an approach shoe nicely around my arch, but with some downhill there's nothing you can do. I find that for anything above 10-15 miles, I want something that keeps my heel snugly in place with a nice arch wrap, holding my toes back nicely from the end of the shoe on downhill stuff. Realistically? You may have a little discomfort but can probably make it work.