The Vasque Women's Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot still feels good when the sun's dipping down and you've been hiking since morning. This boot features waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex and a durable leather upper made with minimal seams for additional protection against abrasion and wet weather. Molded polyurethane gives the midsole and footbed plenty of support, while the TPU shank works with the cambered heel to ensure hiking-specific stability. Vasque's Pyrenees soft rubber is lugged in specific places to ensure grip on uphills and downhills.
- Gore-Tex membrane
- Full-grain leather upper
- Molded polyurethane footbed and midsole
- TPU shank with cambered heel
- Vasque Pyrenees rubber sole
- Item #VSQ001D
- Q & A
I love these boots!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
Before purchasing them I read the other reviews and then decided to order a half size larger than my street shoe size. The boots ended up fitting perfectly - I could have probably even ordered a full shoe size larger than my street shoe, but half a size did the trick. These boots are comfortable and look great.
A Little Nug
I bought these for my GF and she loves them! Super comfortable and also stylish. The only issue she's had with them is they fit a little snug. She decided to keep them since the size up was out of stock, but I think they'll stretch out. If you're in between sizes, definitely size up.
Vasque Sundowner GTX
Get down with the Sundowner.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
Ah, the hiking boot saga. It's been a seemingly never ending uphill battle for the past 4 years. However I'm excited to say that I think the search stops here with the Vasque Sundowner. My foot profile is as follows: very thin, narrow heel with relatively normal arches. My feet aren't especially girthy or tall in nature, however I do have incredibly long, bony toes which often dictate whether or not a shoe fits me well.
Nonetheless, my first pair of hiking boots (Lowa Renegade GTX) lasted somewhere around 8 years and endured many seasons worth of landscaping, hiking, and daily wear and tear. While I was extremely content and happy with their performance, I felt like they bit the dust too soon. So I ventured to try the Oboz Women's Bridger Boot, which did not end up working out for me at all. While I really wanted this boot work for me as it was quite comfortable and provided a generous amount of support, the Bridger squeezed me in all the wrong places and the countless seams irritated my feet—so consequently, I would end up with squished and sweaty feet, hot spots and all. After bestowing the Bridger Boot upon my mother (who has very narrow feet, lives in New England, and hikes/walks when she can), my husband suggested I try out a pair of Vasques as they're owned by Red Wing, which we both consider to be a tried-and-true sort of company. I tried on a handful of styles and sizes, even the old-reboot of the Sundowner, and I ended up settling on a St. Elias-esque, suede Gore-Tex pair (complete with toecap, aggressive tread and all) that was soon to be discontinued. At the time, the fit was okay (I made a detour into the size 9 realm which did not work out for me) - I figured that my feet would splay out with miles however I soon found the boot to be far, far too large for me. I was sloppily walking in them.
So, having made some poor decisions in the hiking-boot-purchasing department I approached buying a new boot with a wary mind and solid idea of what I needed / wanted. I love the full-grain leather of the Asolo TPS, but really enjoyed the arch support of a Vasque. I thought about buying another Lowa Renegade, but wasn't ready to give up on Vasques yet. Shortly after, I soon discovered the Vasque Sundowner courtesy of Hilary Oliver's blog (thegription.com). At first glance, I thought "oh no, here's another hiking boot attempting to look all retro and #liveauthentic," but after having read up on the boot itself (i.e. its history, technical features, etc) I was soon swayed despite its PNW-esque vibes. Not to mention, my mom had a pair of the Sundowners ages ago when she would hike in the White Mountains which I thought was pretty nifty. So, I took a leap of faith and decided to give the Sundowners a try in a size 8.5. I' m a huge fan of the Gore-Tex membrane, and seemingly the leather breathes well when my feet start to get a little sweat. Thus far, the fit is to be expected with a new, full-grain leather boot that does in fact require breaking in. It's a little tight in the physical height of the toe box, which I figure after some aggressive wearing that they'll break in appropriately and the leather will loosen up. The arch support is unlike anything I've ever experienced - holy cannoli am I stoked. The lacing system doesn't pinch and the tread is pretty freakin' aggressive. The shaft height hits right above the ankle and doesn't rub or chafe while walking around. I haven't embarked upon any major adventures in these yet as I'm taking my time breaking these in, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform. Additionally, I have read reviews regarding the concerns on whether or not this reboot of the Sundowner actually stands up to wear and tear, and I'm lead to believe that this was the reboot of the reboot, which evidently is more hardy than its reboot predecessor. We'll see how this boot withstands the test of time, but I'm really quite pleased with them thus far.
Is the Vasque Sundowner boot (for women) the very recently-issued new version of the original Sundowner model? Or is this one of the versions made in China over a number of recent years and which has been of poorer quality?