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Vasque Summit GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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    Head for the peak with this tough boot.

    If your next backpacking trip includes rugged terrain, long days, and inclement weather, head out with the durable support of the Vasque Men’s Summit GTX Hiking Boot. Thanks to a full-grain leather upper backed by a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, you’re feet will carry you to camp in bone-dry comfort. The nylon knit lining helps wick moisture, and Vasque added DryTech footbeds and molded polyurethane shock pads to cushion and protect your dogs on rough trails. When the weather rolls in and the path gets ugly, the Summit’s lugged Vibram sole grips even the slickest of surfaces.
    • Item #VSQ0137

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [upper] 100% leather
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex membrane
    Sole
    Vibram Summit
    Lacing
    standard
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 3 lb 14 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, backpacking, trekking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    most frustrating boot ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After years of hearing from hikers how great the Vasque boot is I purchased my first pair, I wanted a rugged backpacker so I purchased the gtx summit, within 2 weeks the first pair of laces severed from the eyelets......to date I have gone through so many laces I've lost count....a pair every three weeks. I use to buy from backcountry due to the rock solid guarantee but it looks like things have changed. Lesson learned...no more vasque boots for this wanderer.

    I contacted vasque customer service about this specific issue. They told me that they had never heard of any problems like this, and "offered" to have me ship them to them to be evaluated. I work in my boots and cannot deal without them, cut laces or not. I've had 3 pairs so far and love them besides this issue.

    Great Boots!

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

    As soon as I put these boats on, I knew that they were going to be comfortable! And after wearing them for about a week, I got them good and worn in and they are super comfy now!



    I go hiking out in a pine forest that gets a lot of rain and these boats have held up great! They keep your feet dry and are super comfortable.



    I make sure to polish and wax them regularly to make sure the water proofing stays good and it helps with making sure they don't dry out at all.



    All around great boats!

    One stiff boot

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

    I purchased the boot for use when I am carrying a pack but I also use the boot when traveling light if I suspect the terrain will be rocky. I have about 100 miles on the boots, lots of rain, creek crossings and mud without any problems or signs of appreciable wear or leakage. The boot is very stiff so careful break in is required. I found the cuffs bruised me just above the ankles for the first 25 miles or so. Careful fitment of the tongue inside the cuff when lacing is required. I wear a 11 1/2 E and the wide version fits very well on the foot although the cuff is a bit big. Heavy socks help. The boot is comfortable and protects against the sharp rocks very well. I suspect I will get many years use out of this pair. During initial use I felt the lacing system was too restrictive and would not let the boot compress around my foot. However after break in I can easily get the boot to fit to my preference.

    Solid

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

    Yeah I put 'em through the wringer. Georgia to central PA. No doubt they would have lasted all the way to Katahdin, but as I hiked out of winter they were just too hot and I started getting blisters. Soles still have lots of tread left. The bumper guard on the toe was starting to delam a little. Returned them to Vasque and they were replaced in a few weeks. I hiked the last 900 miles in a lighter Salewa boot but they were falling apart after 400. The Summit is what it is. A heavy, durable, waterproof boot.

    Blisters and bruised foot bone

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

    I've been hiking with Wasatch GTX boots for years and always loved how they felt on my feet, but I stopped wearing them because the vibram soles kept splitting in half after about the time the started feeling the best. I went to the Summit because of the heavier sole. Bad idea. You can't break these boots in, but you can break your feet. Even after wearing for snowshoeing and to work to break in 6 months prior to major use. I used these on a 60 mile CDT hike and I was hobbled and miserable for the entire hike. I was able to get through the hike by doubling up on socks after a good layer of duck tape underneath. By that point I was only able to walk flat footed as any attempt to flex this boot caused much resistance and pain. With daily first aid treatments I was able to keep infection at bay, even though I was worn to bare flesh in a few areas. It's been 5 days since my return and I am still only able to wear flip flops. I may as well have worn wooden shoes... One positive: My feet stayed dry.

    Only one year warranty for a reason

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

    Ever hear of an outdoor company not offer a lifetime warranty? Either had I until I bought these boots. Luckily the eyelet popped out, like many other users have experienced, after only one week of gently breaking them in while in my office. Pretty sad that the Vasque name is being attached to such poor quality these days.

    love these boots, I am still breaking in

      I think these will last me for the rest of my life. They will take some breaking though. true to size, If your ankle bone sticks out, may not be your boot as they are high, not cut down around your ankle.

      Just what I was after!

        For a while I've been looking for a good solid leather walking boot. Nothing fancy just a good leather boot that's going to last a long time. It seems they are getting harder to find in Australia with all the synthetic 'this an that' on the market today. The Gortex lining on this boot was an added bonus for me rather than a requirement.

        Buying online from Oz was a bit of a risk for me but the reviews were good and the ones that weren't suggested they wern't for wide feet. Well I've got narrow size 13's so I hoped they would fit fine.

        Well they fit like a glove. They're solid and very supportive yet super supple since they've been walked-in. I've now snow-sealed them and they're ready for the hikes and trails which I'm yet to do.

        So I'm very impressed after wearing them for 3 weeks straight. I'll comment back once I've done my first big walk/hike in them.

        Incredible !

          Incredible fit, right out of the box. Plenty of toe room, snug fit from the ball of my foot back, with a perfect heel fit. Ankle was properly supported without binding. Laces were exactly the correct length. My foot felt as if it was inserted into a form fitting cast. Toes wiggled and the rest of my foot was held in place without binding. Shifting weight from foot to foot you can feel the insole adsorb the pressure, perfect shape and support. Color was Coffee Bean, not the lighter shade shown in the picture. Somewhat concerned about the absence of a toe protection cap, but we will see how that works over time. Meanwhile, the lack of toe cap makes the boots useable in many more casual settings.

          Horrible lacing system

            I ordered these boots back in July and wore them a few times to break them in for a course that I was instructing during the month of September. During the break in period that had no issues and performed great. That was not the case during the course. During 3 weeks in September I wore them while traversing the Talkeetna Mountains in AK and I went through 3 sets of laces (the last two of which were p-cord). The factory laces lasted about 5 days and the other two sets lasted about the same amount of time. All the eyelets except for the two lowest ones might as well be razor blades because they shred laces. I was very disappointed as I have been a faithful vasque boot wearer until now. Other than that problem, which was fairly significant, they were great. Easy break-ins, no blisters and very comfy, but all that was overshadowed by me constantly having to fix the laces.

            Yikes! Boots shredding the laces, eyelets pulling out of the leather because they reduced the number of rivets, and they're now made in China. Help! Direct me to the top-quality Italian-made Vasque boots that I need!

            Jeff, i totally agree with your assessment, QUALITY is what built the Vasque reputation, not cheap price. I bought my first pair of Vasque boots back in the 70's and the damn things lasted for at leat fifteen years !!!! just had to snow seal them every few months. Those boots went everywhere on the Earth.. I finally bought a new pair because they were deemed too heavy by my hiking peers. I'm struggling to find a pair that were as comfortable ( once broken in) and DURABLE as those old pair. It's a SHAME that a company like Vasque doesn't realize what they had.

            Jeff,

            totally agree with the lacing system. I was having trouble breaking the shoes in after about 2 months of regular use and i finally tried your lacing system and they immediately fit better. The only downside to this is that about two weeks later the boots sprung a leak and wouldnt keep wetness out in a desert. sent them back to vasque and hopefully i get a refund. I only had the boots for 3-4 months.

            Returned Two Pair

              I recently wore out two pair of older Vasque Summit boots after over 5 years of almost daily hiking. I loved them and ordered two new pair. The first pair has been fine. The second pair had an upper eyelet pull out within two weeks. Thanks to Backcountry.com's return policy I had a replacement pair sent back to me quickly. Within 2 weeks of starting to use this pair, the same upper eyelet pulled out again. They will be returned tomorrow. Vasque changed the design of their upper eyelets from triple and double rivets to a single rivet. The new eyelets also are not offset from the rivets as in their previous design leading to more force in the direction of pulling the rivet up through the leather. I recommend staying away from Vasque boots until they fix this design. Backcountry.com's service has been fantastic and I will be ordering a replacement pair of boots (of a different brand)from them very soon.

              Poor Quality

                One of the speed hooks fell out after only four days of use. Customer service is also poor. Vasque is owned by Red Wing and the company has not responded to my warranty request. The last three pairs of Vasque boots I've owned all had significant problems within the first three months of use. Vasgue boots do not have the same quality construction as the past. Look at another manufacture for quality footwear.

                The same thing happened to me. After one week of use, one of the hooks broke right off. This is my second pair of the vasque Summit and am now thinking I made a big mistake purchasing this boot for the second time. My first were bullet proof -best pair of boots I have ever hiked in. Something has definitively changed since my last purchase 3 years ago

                Made me limp!

                  I SO wanted these boots to work. They fit, they were attractive, they were comfortable except that they were so heavy that after wearing them, my hip and knees were killing me. THought maybe it was something else, but after wearing them several times and having to spend days icing my knees after each wear (something I don't usually have to do even after a 16 mile hike), I decided they just aren't working. Too bad, but it is like bricks on your feet. Supportive as all get out, and if your can carry the weight, they will carry you through really rough hiking, I'm sure, but they were killing me in the process of wearing them.

                  great right out of the box

                    I purchased a pair of these boots in desperation while waiting for a replacement pair of Raichles I destroyed while hiking the Adirondack 46's. I needed a good pair of boots to finish my last two peaks. I put these on and hiked Esther and Whiteface without a break-in and had no problems whatsoever. I was very impressed with the traction, comfort, support around the ankles and sturdiness of the shank. To be fair though, I have to add that the ones I purchased appear to be the previous version, as I see the pictured boot lacks a toe cap. The ones I purchased had a toe cap. I got them in 2007. I still use them today and love them even more than when I first slipped them on. They are severely worn but perform like new! I will most likely give this new version a try.

                    bad-assed boots

                      I like 'em. They're stiff to break in, but they're pretty soft compared to ski boots.

                      Took 'em up mt olympus the other day, they had great traction in dirt, mud, granite, snow, etc, both steep uphill & downhill. I just bought my 2nd pair so I have a new set when these wear out.

                      Yep, they rip

                        These have been my go-to field work, hiking, adventuring and backpacking boots for two years. I have the 08 version, which features a rubber toe guard (more on this). They must have seen over 300 miles of bushwacking and technical trails with pack weights of up to 50 pounds (yeah, part of what I'm paid to do). They are, simply, the best footwear I could have for their role.

                        The leather is durable, but not overly heavy. They required the expected amount of break-in. I regularly treat them with Nikwax. As expected, they are 100% waterproof - even after long days. They have simple, but high quality support padding that dries quickly. The sole is a good, well-rounded hardness. It is slightly too firm to be perfectly confident while scrambling. I am just now thinking of resoling after 300+ hard miles.

                        In my travels I've found the rubber toe rand to add HUGELY to the durability of the boots. The durability of this boot with the toe-rand, compared with other all-leather hikers I've used in the past, is above and beyond expectations. I am truly sorry to say that I would NOT purchase a new pair at full price until they reintroduce the rubber toe rand.

                        I wear size 11 street shoes and size 11 boots. I have a mid volume foot, average arch and a medium width. No complaints with the fit of the boot, whatsoever.

                        Great Boot/Tongue Drops Rating

                          From Northwest Alaska where my boots get used. An overall good boot with good product reputation. Over the years I have owned (5) Vasque hiking boots dating back to my first pair of Vasque Monantas (which I still have). This pair seems to fit a little big (and wider than normal). The tongue is the weak link on this boot and needs to be just a little longer with just a little more padding. A working solution is to lace at the ankle then skip to the top, and then lace back to the second from the top to tie off. Still, Vasque...use them with your RD a bit before making such easy to fix problems.

                          I am looking to purchase a good, long...

                          I am looking to purchase a good, long lasting, reliable hiking boot that can handle all sorts of terrain. Admittedly, I am a beginner, yet as I spent several years in the service, I know the importance of good footwear.

                          Would you rate the Vasque Summit GTX Backpacking Boot as a good selection ? Previously, I had tried on the Sundowners and were excited about them until I read all the poor reviews about the current "Chinese-made" ones. Where are the Summits made? I do sincerely believe that if I am going to part with a significant amount, I want quality workmanship as would anyone else - beginner or expert.

                          Your advice will be greatly appreciated.
                          Thank you.

                          Best Answer

                          If you are looking for a traditional hiking and backpacking boot, these are quite well made. On top of the Vasque warranty, you also have the standard Backcountry.com warranty so if you ever decide that they didn't live up to expectations, send them back and get your money back. We don't sell things if we aren't convinced that you'll feel good about them for the long run.

                          The only consideration here is that this is a very heavy duty boot. You might check out some lighter weight boots if you're not going to be carrying big loads, as they will break in faster and give you more range of motion on the trail. The only time I wear a big heavy boot like this is if I'm carrying 50+ pounds, otherwise I'll hike in a lightweight boot, shoe or hiking sandal. If you are mostly planning to hike without a big pack, I'd check out the boots listed in the 'men's hiking boots' category under men's footwear here. Those are still highly supportive boots, but a bit less cumbersome for long walks when you don't need a tank on your foot. And, of course, you'd still have the Backcountry guarantee on anything in there.

                          Does anyone know which is wider at the...

                          Does anyone know which is wider at the toe: the Asolo TPS in WIDE or the Vasque Summit in MEDIUM?

                          Both are pretty narrow. The Asolo in wide opens up the heel and midfoot and adds volume, but in general, isn't wide in the toes. The Vasque summit is a high volume boot with a high instep and is wide throughout except in the toebox, which tapers sharply (though less than the Asolo). If you're looking for toe width, neither boot is good.

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                          I have a question, when I buy nike shoes...

                          I have a question, when I buy nike shoes the label says 10 U.S. 28 CM, I live in Mexico but in the Backcountry table measures the extent not inches ... that number should I buy these boots

                          Does this boot come in narrow?

                          Does this boot come in narrow?

                          why is it that this product doesn't offer...

                          why is it that this product doesn't offer a wide version in fitting size but the Sundowner does??

                          Anyone know if these have a similar fit...

                          Anyone know if these have a similar fit and heel height as the Wasatch GTX?

                          The Wasatch fits me very well, I would like to try the Summit but some of the reviews make me wonder if the fit and stance is different.

                          I have both. The fit is FAR different. The Wasatch GTX fits much more comfortably around the ankle....the Summit grips your ankle like a vice. The GTX 10.5 was a little small for me...it made my right toe ache after a couple of hours of bumping up against the inside of it. The Summit 10.5 was a little more generous in length but was stiffer and over all was harder to break in. I haven't used either for enough time or hard trips to give opinion on the wear characteristics. Sorry.

                          What is the country of origin?

                          What is the country of origin?

                          hi, can you ship this shoe to Beijing,Ch...

                          hi, can you ship this shoe to Beijing,China?

                          hi you guys, ihave a question ,i wear...

                          hi you guys, ihave a question ,i wear sz.10.5 but find it a little tight . the boot i'm looking at is the vasque gtx .should i go up a half sz.?