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I have an old pair of Sundowners. The...
I have an old pair of Sundowners. The size on the inside appears to be 96 M but I don't see that size on the size chart. Most of my regular shoes are 11-11 1/2.
The only thing that I can think of is that the 96 might be a little faded and its actually a 46 European which would be about a size 12 in US Mens. If you wanted to give our Gearheads a call at 800.409.4502, I bet they can help figure out which size you had before.
Vasque Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot
Once great, now garbage.
I just replaced my older (~8 yrs, resoled once) Sundowners, and I can already tell the new version will not hold a candle to the old. My older Sundowners were from the days when Vasque was still manufacturing in Italy and using vibram soles. These are now made in China and it shows, and they've dropped the brand name soles. The size is off, even though I bought the same 10.5 - there's a wierd combination of fit by length but too much room in the toebox, and there's significant slip in the heels that I can't fix with different lacing styles. As much as I hate to say it, if you got used to the old school, you will be disappointed by the new.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
TOUGH BOOT. VERY FLEXIBLE AT THE TOES & NOT GOOD IF YOU HAVE ANY TOE ISSUES AS IT PUTS TO MUCH WEIGHT ON YOUR PAWS. SEEMS DURABLE AND VERY WATER PROOF. $150 BUCKS... PROBABLY LAST IF YOU DONT HAVE THE ABOVE PROBLEM. BOOT SEEMS READY TO GO FOR THE SOLID FOOT.
Hell of a boot
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got these boots for Christmas when I was in 9th grade. I am now 24 years old and still wear the hell outta these boots! Although the sole is very warn (to be expected after 8+ years of use) the leather is still in great condition and the sole still provides reasonable support! I've had 2 other pair of $200 range backpacking boots that have fallen apart in much less time. Most comfortable boots I've warn and like other reviews say.... GIVE THEM TIME to break in! Any full leather high end boot is going to be stiff straight outta the box. Break them in and you'll have yourself an incredible boot for years to come. (One disclaimer.... I bought these when they were made in Italy, and I'm pretty sure they are now made in China. So if they fail to hold up to the abuse I described.... Blame China!)
I have had 4 pairs of these boots over the last 20 years. I have loved every generation. It's a full on leather hiking boot. So not for the fast and light crew. but if you need something sturdy and long lasting...this can't be beat. Water proof and breathable (for a leather boot.) I review and test gear fro Gore as part of a program called Mountain techs
There is no selection for width..do they...
There is no selection for width..do they all come in standard/medium?
The model we have for sale is the standard D width for men.
Had these for ten years! Over 3000 miles of hikes in the NH Whites, the Alps, 8 National Parks in the west, including famous hikes like Rainier, Half Dome, and many smaller excursions. They are still going strong -- if you ignore some duct tape I had to add to the back of the top entry.
Made in China=junk
When they where made in Italy they where best hiking boots ever made!!!!
At Arches NP
long term use
I've had my current sundowners for 9 years. Ive resoled them once and to be bluntly honest. I haven't taken care of the leather at all. After thousands of miles on trails and pavement they are still great boots. I wore out the original insole several years ago and have been using superfeet ever since. I've recently started working with search and rescue and have finally decided to buy a new pair. They aren't as water proof as they used to be and the leather uppers are cracking and stretched out a bit much for hardcore hiking in the northwest. But considering I got 9 solid years out of them I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend these or any other full leather boot from a reputable company. They will give you your moneys worth time and again
How does this sole on this compare to that...
How does this sole on this compare to that of a boot with a Vibram sole? Would I be able to notice a difference in terms of stiffness, grip, durability?
Stiffness, grip, and durability vary as much between different Vibram soles as they do between Vibram and other brands. The Sundowner has a long reputation. It will treat you well and can be resoled, just like a Vibram, if you need.
My 2003 Sundowners Have had many miles on rocky trails in New Mexico and Arizona. I won't go up a canyon with anything else. They grip well and give support. These soles grab the rocks and bridge sharp points.
Lots of remarks about China made. Mine are China and I remember them being a long break in but I grew to love them. They were my first pair of leather hiking boots and I am considering getting another pair now to start breaking in rather than resoling. The 9 years of rocky hikes has worn the leather on the toes so rather than resole $60 I'll start wearing a new pair around town untill they loosen up. The ankle bones are the hardest part to breakin.
You're currently offering two types of...
You're currently offering two types of Sundown GTX, but for a different price , are they are identical?
they may be overstock. currently they are all offered at the same price, but you might want to contact customer service to make sure. usually, the people that answer these threads and the people that have access to inventory information are not one in the same. 1-800-409-4502 or open a chat now window....
Are these boots scuff resistant?
Are these boots scuff resistant?
They are leather and so will scuff.
ok, not great
I feel the Vasque Sundowner's are heavy and not as comfortable as Asolo or Zamberlan.
My Sundowners are 12 years and approximately three thousand miles old and have been re-soled twice. I have tried to get new, modern boots made from the lightweight synthetic materials but they don't stretch-to-fit like leather and won't accommodate my wide foot.
Twenty years and counting!
I've had my Sundowners for 20 years, and though they're looking a little rough now, they're still the great boots they've always been. Still comfortable, still with excellent tread, still dry, and still my favorite. Vasque and others have moved on with all sorts of hi-tech boots and shoes, but the fact that Sundowners are still big sellers testifies to the great value of these boots. Thumbs up after all these years.
Italian boot best
I bought a pair of the Italian made Sundowners about 15 years ago. Hiked all over Europe and the US and they still look and feel great. Finally had them rebuilt by a place in San Francisco recommended by REI. Felt and looked brand new when I got them back. They fit perfectly from the first day and never needed breaking in. This is the best pair of shoes I ever had. My feet are of particular concern as I am diabetic and have to be very careful with my feet. Would buy another pair or two if Vasque moved production back to Italy. Too bad people won't pay for quality anymore. Paid well over $200 then and now the they are under $200. I understand the price part of making them in China but not the quality part. Come on, Vasque, do the right thing and move production back to Italy.
Is this boot a b0, b1, or b2?
Is this boot a b0, b1, or b2?