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Time tested design meets new technology.

The Vasque Sundowner has gained a reputation as an excellent hiking boot for a variety of conditions. Vasque continues that tradition with the Sundowner GTX. This Gore-Tex lined boot is completely waterproof for the soggy conditions that so many of us hike in and retains all of the quality and comfort of an old school full leather boot. Do you wish the good old leather mid-weight boots would come back? Well, they never actually left.

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4 5

Nice boot, could be better

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Roomy boot, too roomy for my somewhat narrow feet. Quality seems overall good. Seam down the midline at the back of heel seems ripe for causing heel rub on ascents, which is does, though it hasn't been a major problem for me so far. Not getting blisters, put Superfeet in for a little extra cushion.

I just bought a gently used pair of...

I just bought a gently used pair of Sundowners at a garage sale yesterday for $1.00. I know, right? Looking inside the tongue, I see they were made in Italy which, according to what I've read on this site, would mean they were made no later than 1998. Stamped into the inside of the tongue on both boots , on one side is the number "96" and on the other, the letter "L". Since the 96 can't be a size (these are probably size 9 US since they fit perfectly), could the 96 refer to the year of manufacture?

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Hey Steve,

Vasque CS wasn't 100% sure what that number could have been and based on the tag I looked at I wasn't too sure either. Hopefully the photo I have attached clears things up a little for you since it isn't all rubbed off yet.

Hey Steve,  <br/>  <br/> Vasque CS wasn't 100% sure what that number could have been and based on the tag I looked at I wasn't too sure either.  Hopefully the photo I have attached clears things up a little for you since it isn't all rubbed off yet.
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Thanks Wayne. On my bargain boots, all of the information is printed directly on to the leather of the inside of the tongue and, being black, would probably not show up in a photo.

On the left side is a large "96". On the right side is a large "L" and in the middle, in a smaller font, is the information about what they're made of and where they were made.

I polished them up last night and got rid of the scuff marks. They look almost brand new but are likely at least 16 years old.

-Steve

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I have had several pairs of the original "made in Italy" sundowner, which used to actually go by another name. Since they started being made in china the quality has obviously declined significantly. I just received a new pair from back country in the mail last night and will definitely be returning them. They are nothing like they used to be. Its a shame too, I have been wearing these boots since high school. (im 38 now) One review stated that they run large, as far as fit, and I can confirm that to be true. Last year I had two older pair blow out in the same day while cutting fire wood. And I had just finished bragging about them. (they were both Chinese made) The soles just came un glued all of the sudden.

1 5

NOT the same sundowner from a decade ago

My first sundowners lasted more than ten years before the sole fell off. They remained water proof until just before then, when rocks started puncturing the sole. I bought a new pair last year. Both of the new boots leak water if I get in the least bit of moisture: wet grass, 3 inches of snow in the grocery store parking lot, puddles, ect. They are not the hiking boot of past fame. What a shame. Look for another brand, that IS MADE IN AMERICA or some other country that is not China. Quality is not Vasque's priority any longer.
A sad former customer says goodbye.

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oh I hate to hear that--been in this boot for 20 years and loved it and I was about to get a new pair. hmm, china.

I've just reconditioned an early version...

I've just reconditioned an early version of a Sundowner GTX, with Kiwi polish and new laces. It's as beautiful and easy walking as the boot I remember that carried me over Bishop into Evolution Valley, through Yosemite high country, Desolation Wilderness, Emigrant Basin, around Glacier Peak.
Since I'm long past such trips, I'm planning to sell these boots and wonder if anyone has a suggestion for a fair price to charge.
Thanks for any notions at all.

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I don't know what a fair price would be but I bought a pair at a garage sale this weekend for $1.00. They polished up to look like new. I saw a smaller pair at a Goodwill in Eugene, OR a week or two ago for $4.99. However, if someone was specifically looking for a pair of older (Italian, I presume?) Sundowners, and didn't just want to take their chances at the second-hand stores, I'd think you'd be able to get much more than that. At least I hope'd so

1 5

Very disappointed and returned the item

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I previously owned two Sundowners over the last 20 years . They carried me over volcanoes, through the Amazon, even protected me from a snake bite in Indonesia. The Italian made versions were amazing and I loved them. When I recently replaced my wornout pair, what arrived was a cheap Chinese knockoff. It didn't fit well. Didn't look the same and the soles were trash.....just didn't deserve the Sundowner name. I returned it and decided to superglue my old sole back together for perhaps another year of service.....ahhh, very sad.

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I used a pair in the Australian Special Forces as far back as 1983/4, brilliant, would not like to know they were not made in Italy anymore, how sad

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.

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Hey Greg,

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.

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Hey Greg,

As noted in a message above, I bought an older pair that say 96 L but they're US size 9 as near as I can tell by how they fit.

2 5

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.

3 5

SUNDOWNERS

  • 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.

4 5

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!)

5 5

Classic

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?

5 5

Super Boot

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.

1 5

Sundowner downer

Made in China=junk
When they where made in Italy they where best hiking boots ever made!!!!

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I Must Agree 100% with Scooter.
I have a pair of Vasque Sundowner hiking boots -absolutely love them! Worth every penny. I have had
them resoled once already.These were Made in Italy.

I saw some new ones on sale, and decide to get my next pair now, and put them away. I tried them out - wore them outside on a short hike and was terribly disappointed..."WTH?!" they didn't fit or feel the same . I checked the inside label- "Made in China". Oh hell...
I called the company and they stated that "the 'last' had been changed."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last

Whereas, the Italian Made boots were form fitting to my foot (12D); these "China" ones have a very 'generic' fit - like a 'round foot in a square boot'.
Since I had wore them outside, they were 'unreturnable'.
And so they sit in a box.
It should be illegal, or at least considered unethical, to sell something as 'the same' when , clearly it is Not. ARRRG...

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So right. If I had only known, I would have kept my italian made ones and just resoled them forever. Since production shifted to China, they just aren't the same. Fit, durability and comfort have been sacrificed Here's the worse news: I gave up on the crappy chinese made sundowners 4-5 years ago and went with a nice pair of Asolo's. And while the Asolo's are really nice, they still aren't sundowners. The asolo's are too hot and heavy, whereas a broken in pair of sundowners is like wearing a sock.

So now I'm about to go back to the chinese made sundowners. Clearly inferior to the Italian made ones many of us remember so fondly, but still a better all around boot than just about anything out there. So until I get a pair of Limmers made for me someday, I'm going back to the sundowners.

5 5

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?

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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.

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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?

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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....