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Lace up the Vasque Sundowner GTX Boot and hit the wet, muddy trail.

When you're in the middle of a week-long backpacking trip in the North Cascades and it starts to pour, you'll be glad you're wearing the Vasque Women's Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boots. Veteran hikers know this boot for its simple style and comfortable fit, but it's the Gore-Tex insert that really make these boots shine. A knit nylon liner shuttles moisture from your feet to the Gore-Tex membrane, which lets the moisture pass through while keeping water from rain or puddles out. A high cut and burly waterproof leather upper provides plenty of ankle support while you're shouldering a heavy pack. Vasque also gave the Sundowner GTX a dual density EVA midsole to cushion your feet over miles of wilderness terrain.

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5 5

All Around Great Boot!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased these boots for winter use as well as occasional hiking. So far I am impressed with the fit and feel of these boots. The boots were very stiff and clunky on first wearing but within a few wearings they are starting to fit like a glove. Very impressed with the quality of the Vasque Sundowner.

5 5

Best boot ever!

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

I have been wearing this boot for 20 years, well I had 4 pairs that each lasted 5 years. I live in the Rocky Mtns. and use this boot daily for 8 months of the year, even when beating the crap out of them. . I hike 2-4 miles a day up/down 250-800 feet. Perfect for rock or trail hiking.

How long is your July 4th sale going...

How long is your July 4th sale going for??

Responded on

Hey Melissa, the sale is guaranteed to last until midnight on the 4th of July. Sometimes will extend there sales but that can't be guaranteed for this 4th of July sale.

If the sole wears off, can you replace the...

If the sole wears off, can you replace the sole from Vasque??

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Hey Melissa,

We here at Backcountry don't have a way to repair or replace the sole, but Vasque has the following information available on their website:

4 5

Good for work

I wore these boots 5 days a week for 8+ hours a day for 18 months. When I first got them they were very comfortable and did not even need any break in time. After about 8 months I noticed the arch support was gone. After about a year the rubber treds on the soles were very warn out and losing the treds. After that occured it was only a matter of months before holes started to appear in the rubber soles. Over all I liked these shoes and felt they were comfortable to wear. These would be great for the occasional hiker/backpacker. I think if I didnt wear them everyday for work then they may have lasted for a few years. Also they shine up really well!

5 5

Great all-around boots

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I picked these up for my daughter, who loves to hike but is fighting her way through a rare double stress fracture in her foot. Spending any time on her feet generally makes the bad one hurt, but she was able to go out on a two-hour hike over pretty rough terrain with no pain after. She's pretty much planning on wearing nothing else all winter, she's so psyched about the support and the classic looks of these boots. I tried them on, too; my comment would be that they were rather long (I wasn't hitting the front in boots a size smaller than I usually wear) but I did feel some discomfort right above where the toes meet the foot because I have a pretty high arch and wide forefoot. So overall they're probably better for people with narrow feet, and they might want to size down a half size.

5 5

Great Boots

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my boots for 12 years and they are still going strong. A little worn in the sole, but considering all they've been through they are doing great. I like that they are narrow. I have super narrow feet and a high arch, which means almost nothing fits me. These fit great and have good support. Love my shoes.

5 5

Best Boots Ever!

Someone gave me a used pair of these boots in 2006. I put miles and miles and miles on them, had them resoled twice, and finally they are starting to break down from the inside. I am ordering the exact same pair. They are super-durable, waterproof, and they give you the support you need to carry a heavy pack or navigate rocky terrain. I am hard on my gear, but these boots stood up to my abuse. I have wide feet and the medium width (like I said, they were given to me) pinched my pinky toes for a day or two, but then molded to my feet to become the most comfortable footwear I have ever owned. I absolutely love these boots and recommend them to anyone who likes to put on serious miles in the backcountry.

5 5


I bought my boots for a job that I am on my feet all day long, and hike easy to moderate trails. They are great for hiking, and they are not bad for standing all day. They are good at supporting the ankle, and they have great arch support! I love that they come in a WIDE, that was one reason I decided to go with them! They run true to size and are amazing!

Is 7936 G & 7536 II women's or men's...

Is 7936 G & 7536 II women's or men's sundowners?

5 5

Long-lasting boots, worth every penny

I bought a pair of these boots as a sophomore in high school in 1992 for my first really long backpacking trip, and wore them until just a couple years ago. I remember thinking they were horribly expensive at the time, but for a shoe that lasts through 15+ years of hard use, it's SO worth it! I usually backpack in low hiking shoes now, since I do short and lightweight trips for the most part, but I'm about to buy a new pair of Sundowners for two weeks of backpacking in Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias this summer. Hoping they're still as great as my old pair! Do keep in mind, the leather will take longer to break in than synthetic boots you may have worn in the past, and you do need to oil them occasionally to keep them in prime condition.

2 5

Made in China? Different breed

I wanted to love this classic boot but it never worked for me. I put some serious mileage on them, but never felt like they broke in, and I ended up with heel blisters after every hike, even after adding custom insoles.

Part of my disappointment may just be the shape of my feet not being a good fit for this boot. However, I've heard that the new Sundowners made in China don't hold a candle to the old ones made in Italy. Unfortunately, the new breed is nothing like the old breed.

Responded on

oh dear, I hope this isn't so. I just shelled a bunch of moola for a second pair after 20 years....

5 5


I just bought these boots a little while ago and I am still working on breaking them in a little, but overall are they very tough and keep your feet dry. Quality seems great! Had to originally return them for a 1/2 size smaller than my normal shoe size. From what I hear they last forever. My first backpacking trip with them is coming up in July so I will give them a run for their money!

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Would I buy this according to my regular...

Would I buy this according to my regular shoe size which is an 8 or for my tennis shoe size which is a 9? I have a medium width, but need a rounded toe box for more room. My arches tend to be flat. Would I need to purchase an insole for this pair of shoes?

5 5

Last Forever

These boots are a dying breed: beautifully made, all-leather boots that will last for decades and only need a little mink oil now and then. I've had mine since 1998 and have hiked all over the White Mountains, the Rockies, the Scottish highlands, and the Himalayan foothills in them. They still look practically new when I polish them up. HOWEVER, they do run narrow. As I've gotten older, they've gotten tight around my little toe. I thought maybe i needed to move up a size, so I went to EMS today and tried on a new pair. Same problem. I'll be taking mine to be stretched to solve the problem, but If you have even moderately wide feet, try them on before you buy them.

5 5

the standard

I've had my Sundowners since 1989 - and they are still holding up great. Super ankle support in talus areas, and annual mink oil treatments keep them waterproof. I work as a naturalist in the southern appalachians - have not seen terrain they can't handle here - or on our annual trips to the Rockies. They're a bit heavy and not my first choice for level trails - but great when you carry a load on slopes. My husband is a diabetic - so he really has to make sure he has good shoes - got him a pair for his last birthday and he loves them too. Just a great boot!

5 5

Just amazing

I still think they look a little odd but this is the most comfortable hiking boot I own. My foot is fairly wide but I have lots of toe room. My Sundowners are more that 20 yrs old and have been in some wild places and still look good if I polish them. Original soles and even original laces. Keep my feet dry too.

5 5

These shoes are amazing!

I bought these boots 15 years ago and had to retire them only because they were beginning to look disreputable. I could still hike in them all day. My new pair is just as amazing and I intend to wear them for the next 15 years. They definately keep your feet dry and with wool socks very warm.