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Vasque St. Elias GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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    Lightweight backpacking boot that's built to be bomber.

    Vasque is proud to introduce its lightest backpacking boot with the Men's St. Elias GTX Backpacking Boot. Built around Vasque's Summit last, the St. Elias provides excellent arch support and a rockered toe for less fatigue when you hike for miles under a heavy backpack. The oiled nubuck leather features Gore-Tex to protect your foot from the elements. Its dual-density EVA footbed keeps your foot comfortable from the moment you take these shoes out of the box until you throw them away years from now. The all-new ASE midsole incorporates EVA cushioning pods to conform precisely to the irregularites of the trail, and Vasque added a TPU shank for the stiff support that every backpacker craves when they're covering rocky terrain.

    Vasque's exclusive Vibram Frontier sole is the cherry on top of this wonderful backpacking boot. The toe-off pad offers unbeatable traction and durability. Combo lugs with 90 degree edges deliver superior traction whether you're hiking uphill or downhill, and there are inset spikes that prevent mud and debris from building up on your sole. Vibram's XSTrek under your instep balances slip-resistance with high-abrasion resistance for a durable sole that won't slip when you walk across wet stones. The arch also has a 90 degree heel breast that boosts stopping power when you get too much speed walking down steep hills. Plus, concentrated lugs in the heel help increase traction and durability.

    • Gore-Tex waterproofing
    • 2.3mm waterproof, oiled nubuck leather
    • Lace closure
    • Dual-density EVA footbed
    • ASE midsole with EVA cushioning pods and TPU shank
    • Molded rubber toe bumper
    • Exclusive Vibram Frontier outsole
    • Item #VSQ0221

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    oiled nubuck leather, molded rubber toe bumper
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex
    Closure
    lace
    Sole
    Vibram Frontier
    Midsole
    ASE, EVA cushioning pods, TPU shank
    Footbed
    dual-density EVA
    Claimed Weight
    [single, 9] 3 lbs 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

    Tech Specs

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    Small toe box

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    I really wanted to like this boot, but some things aren't meant to be.

    Pros:
    Seems very durable. I have put about 70 miles on them so far, and they are in perfect condition. They are extremely comfortable and offer plenty of support.

    Cons:
    I read that a lot of people were saying they were narrow, so I went with the wide. I have never had to purchase a wide before, so that was a new experience. They seemed to fit out of the box. The break in period was a little rough, but not terrible. Under 5 miles these boots were great, but once I started getting into longer hikes I started to notice problems. Both pinky toes started catching on the shoe, which resulted in hot spots on the outside. I'm not giving up on them yet, but they seem to have issues. It blows my mind that I'm getting this rub with the wide boots. I wouldn't recommend this boot to anyone.

    Lightweight with minimal compromises

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.0

    Pros
    Versatile, great for unknown weather and destination conditions.
    Light weight and comfortable. Gave me a few blisters on my small toes, but broke in within a month of use.
    Easy slide lace eyelets tighten smoothly and move with the boot
    Better than average support, but not a heavyweight backpacking boot
    Vibram sole and EVA midsole provide comfort and unbeatable traction
    Cons
    Leather needs water treatment, such as nikwax
    Exposed EVA on sides of midsole can get chewed up by rock

    Solid. Would buy again

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13

    I purchased these boots about a year ago and definitely trust these boots to get me to where I'm going today. I used these for peak bagging in Colorado, week long backpacking trips in Utah, and various other trips. The grip is exceptional on everything from wet and dry sandstone, granite, dirt, and mud. I experienced the same problems as many others did with pinkie toe chafing as well as the upper part of the boot really digging into my shin at some points especially after walking long distances downhill. Eventually, I simply doubled my socks and got over it.
    Overall, the boots were extremely comfortable even over rough rock and I have never experienced any bruising or discomfort from the terrain on my feet.
    I treated the leather myself for waterproofing right out of the box and have had no problem with the boots soaking through. I hiked for miles through Utah's slot canyons through water in these and they kept the water out flawlessly and the exterior dried soon after stepping out of the water.
    Overall, a good buy and a solid boot for everything from backpacking to day hiking.

    Need in wide

      I bought these for my dad for Christmas. Unfortunately these just did not fit, and he needed a size wide (which is unfortunately unavailable on backcountry.com). Ended up returning because the fit just did not work.

      St. Elias

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5

      I've used this boot for about three years now and have pretty much put it through everything. First off, yes, a rough break in period which is as much breaking your feet in to the boot as the boot to your feet. Very little wear on these boots after countless backpacking trips and day to day wear at work. Waterproof up to the ankle but will eventually soak/sweat through in consistent rain, snow or repeated water crossings. Great traction in all conditions. Most serious test of these boots was a 165 mile trek over 5 days on the Ozark Highlands Trail. Great support over ankle breaking creek rocks, provided protection and traction sufficiently. One problem I could not overcome with these boots was Vasque's lack of accomodation for one's pinky toe. I'm pretty sure my feet and toes are somewhat average. After about 20 miles, my right pinky toe was rubbed raw, and after mile 165 - totally blistered all to hell. On shorter hikes (<10 mi/day) this is not an issue but over longer endurance trips, this becomes a nagging problem. Overall very tough, supportive boot, aside from the outer toe hot spots on extra-long hikes.

      Love these boots!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I have had these for two seasons and I have taken these boots all over the mountains of Utah. From the Wasatch to the Uintas, to the GWT on Boulder Mountain, these have held up in every condition. They wear like a solid mid, but give you the support of a full backpacking boot. The comfort level is great. The GTX liner really keeps your feet dry when crossing those soggy meadows. I have even hiked in snow in them and my feet stayed dry and warm. I have done over 200 miles in these boots, on really long trips in the Uintas and they have been the best boots I have had. Here is a picture of me locked and loaded in my boots!

      Love these boots!

      Boot fits narrow

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 9M

      I had my feet measured in store. I normally wear an 8.5. The fitting gauge said 9M so I bought the 9M. The boots felt comfortable at first and wearing around the house for a couple of hours did not expose any problems. After the first short hike of 1 hour I had a hot spot on the out side toes on the right boot. I tried all variations of lacing and wearing an under sock but a 4 hour hike resulted in a black toenail on the small toe of the right foot and sore small toes on both feet.
      The problem is that the boot narrows too quickly at the toes. Your small toes lie right where they've sewn the seam between the leather and the rubber toe. I had room to wiggle my toes when standing but even with heel lock lacing the outer toes rub up against the side of the boot right at that seam. I had to return them.

      Follow up

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 13

      Okay, as stated, here's the follow up. I used these boots in Big Bend National Park, spent a week climbing hills, crossing arroyos and walking mountain trails. The boots held up great, other than dirt, can't tell they've been used. The fit and comfort was good(just remember to go a size up) and held up to some long days. I am overweight, yet these boots held up to that really well.

      I would absolutely recommend them, and when I need a new pair will come back to these.

      Size adjustment

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small

      Just bought these boots, have not used them on the trail yet. Mostly, I just wanted to confirm that these do run small, so make sure you go up a size. My Red Wings and Timberlands are both 12. The Vasque I have are 13. For what it's worth, they seem comfortable, but I will post something after I've had them on the trail.

      Might now be a "Vasque guy"

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small

      Specs are easy to compare but it all comes down to fit. For me, the St. Elias are big winners on both counts.



      This is my first pair of Vasques after sticking with mostly European brands for years. Break in time was minimal but I did need to go through a few pairs before I found the fit. Reason being is that these run small. Really small. I had to go up a full size and the Wide version before the fit was dialed in. I've never had this issue with boots before.



      In seeing the other comments I can't agree that the leather is stiff. These fit me like a glove, are super stable and have molded to my feet. I did need to apply a waterproofing treatment not long after getting them but other than that these are serious performers. So much so that I find myself turning to them for day hikes too.



      I will say that the laces are crap. One pulled apart (only the outer layer) after only about 50 miles and when contacting Vasque to order a replacement pair was told that they don't offer them separately. They turned me on to two online lace stores, neither of which carried the same lace. That's kind of lame in my book.



      I have a few hundred miles on these (mainly rocky terrain) and while I'm losing lug depth the boot is rock solid. No doubt I'll get these resoled because I don't see the leather breaking down for a long time.



      Stoked about this boot.

      Torture to break in

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This year it was time to replace my old Vasque backpacking boots which had performed exceptionally well through 4 years of abuse: bush whacking, boulder hopping and rock scrambles.

      Being Vasque fan, I bought these St Elias GTX boots just before summer to give enough time to break in. I did ~40 miles in them, may be not enough. But every time I hiked in them it was a death march. At the end of hikes my feet were blistered. I did not want to hike another mile in them. Returned.

      Hard to break in

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I bought a pair of these boots for myself and a pair for my wife. They hurt the inside of both of my ankles due to a hard spot in the tongue. My wife has been unable to wear hers because she has had blisters on the outside of both toes each time she hikes in them. The leather is very stiff and the toes of the boots are very inflexible.

      The Vasque website states that these come in three different widths, narrow, medium, and wide. Does backcountry.com carry all three, or just one, and if so, which width are these?

      Does anyone have input on how breathable...

      Does anyone have input on how breathable these boots are, especially in a more arid climate?