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ive heard these have durability issues but out of the box and 15 miles of hiking with a 40 lb pack, they feel great.This pretty normal for Vasque boots I feel. Very supportive for heavy loads and the rubber seems to be pretty grippy on rocks. Waterproofing has been very good,so leaks. I'll update once again after I've had them awhile
I chose these boots for my everyday work boot last year. They were comfy and dry, but about 6 months in I split the soles across the ball of my feet...on both boots! I squat alot in my job working on equipment, so the ball of my feet are always flexing. Apparently too much for these boots. I upgraded to Merrell's for my everyday work boot, and Asolo Fugitives for my hiking and backpacking boots.
I cannot praise these boots enough. They are trail runner comfortable out of the box and break in fast. The gore-tex liner means your foot will get a little moist but not the normal swamp that normally follows a day of hiking. They are water proof up to the brim or as close as any breathable boot can get (1+ hr in running water), even if you dunk your foot and the boot fills, it quickly expels the excess, meaning only a few minutes of squishy walking. I have gone through several pair of laces and the boot is far from dead. Like other reviewers mine have developed a crack right where the ball of the foot flexes. I think the sole material is just a little too rigid and extreme flex will crack it. Even with a crack the boot performs, It only allows a little water seepage that the boot soon expels. Buy a pair, and then a second so you will have them on that day long down the road that you finally retire these boots from the trail to a well deserved retirement of yard work.
I use these boots for work and bird hunting.. My first pair lasted 2 years. They are so comfy and supportive right out of the box I just love them. There is very little break in time. I ware them at least 10 to 12 hrs a day 5-6 days a week In all kinds of conditions from standing water, muddy ditches, basements full of sewage water, so the boot being waterproof is a real advantage. I usually have to replace the laces 2-3 times a year. My soles on the first pair did crack the last 6 months I had them. I only noticed because I read the reviews on the web. I bought some work boots from sears and the break in takes too long. Went on line and bought another pair of vasques. I've also pulled nails and staples from the sole that never got to my foot.
These boots are very comfortable, however I wear them for work (as a forester) and play (hunting, hiking, backpacking). I love them and they stay reasonably waterproof the first year. At about year 1.5 the soles crack at the front of the boot. It's not like there is no tread left because there looks to be a lot of life in them left excluding the cracked sole. Anyhow I have owned 3 pairs of them now, and just about to purchase my 4th pair. If ya don't mind replacing them every so often for $140-$180 per pair these are great boots..
I live in tropical north queensland of Australia. I go hiking in the rainforest jungle with them all the time. My feet stay dry even after walking through multiple streams all day and the best part is my feet dont get hot and sweaty. love the goretex
THese boots were incredibly comfortable and blister-free. If you asked me about them 6 months ago, I would have given then 5 stars. However, on the trip last week, about 8 miles fromt he trailhead, I noticed that the left boot sole was cracking, in fact had cracked all the way through. Inspection revealed that the right boot was starting to go, too.
I'm a big guy....275 pounds and I carry a 50+ pound pack. OK, that's a lot of weight. On the other hand, I ONLY wear these for backpacking, one week per year, plus maybe half a dozen short day hikes spread throughout the year. I think it's ridiculous that a boot at this price should have an issue like this. The old Hi-Tec's that I replaced with these Vasque's lasted nearly a decade.
These are great backpacking boots. They didn't have much of a break in time. They are pretty stiff, but i like that when you have a heavy load. I've probably only walked around 50 or so miles on them, so i cant say a ton on the durability, but they still look brand new. They are great boots and i never got hot sports or blisters from these boots. Overall i would recommend these to anyone.
Does Vasque re-sole their boots..many companies do not anymore!
Find a good cobbler - most will put a new sole on whatever boot you take to them. I have several pairs I did just that; 2 pairs of red wing work boots that are on #8 and #11 respectively.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you don't like these boots..then you don't like boots. Full time rancher and adventurer. Work and play in the outdoors 365 days out of the year. Ride horses, 4 wheelers, ship, receive, and process cattle (cowboy work), load and unload livestock trucks, am in mud, water, and cow S*$t daily... not to mention the bulls*@t.
If I am in these boots at years end they deserve "BOOT OF THE YEAR" award.
Love what you do....do what you love.
I suppose I've had these boots for about 19 months now and they've been through hell and back with me. Waterlogged upwards of 25 times (and by that I mean they were dueling as hiking/portage/paddling shoes in the worst of waters). Hundreds of miles in woods and desert. The reinforced shank is now starting to crack where the heel of the foot is. Considering I got these around $100 bucks they have been a great purchase. Slip resistant. Just use a little mink oil now and again to keep them up!
Mt. Massive summit Sawatch Range, Colorado
I work for a Federal Land Management agency and spend a considerable amount of time out doors. I have had many different brands of bots over my 30 year career including custom boots. The GTX is very comfortable right out of the box but within a couple of months the soles begin to crack on the ball of the foot. I have had 4 pairs now and every pair had cracked one pair within 3 months. I work with 3 other biologist and all of their boots have cracked as well.
the soles split across the ball on both feet after maybe 250 miles of sidewalk in a year. vasque replaced them after they saw the photos. I'm about 9 months into the second pair and the same thing is happening. I weigh 180 and wear size 12.
don't buy them unless you just want to display them on your mantel.
This is my husband's fourth pair of these boots, he loves them! He has the 10.5 Wide and finds them so comfortable for work. He wears them every day and they last about a year before getting a split in the sole, which means they leak when it rains... but otherwise wearable in dry conditions.
Great uppers but vibram soles cracked all the way through one boot at 4 months and the second at 6 months. Very dissapointed. Relative with same Vasque boots had exact same issue.
mine broke so I showed them to a friend who does shoe repair. "Nope those should not have broken"
he said. Vasque said " too bad"
I really liked those boots.... No more Vasques for me. My wife almost bought me another pair til she read reviews. We're glad she didn't. Garmont has a better warranty.
The boots are comfortable but the mid sole cracked completely through in three months of use. Customer serviceis also poor. Vasque is owned by Red Wing with little or no response to customer service requests. Relying on past good experience with Vasque boots I purchased a pair of Vasque Summit's as a replacement to the Wasatch boots. Same poor quality issues. One of the speed hooks fell off within the first four days of use.
I'm on my second pair of these boots because the soles cracked the first time. The soles are now cracking on my second pair. I bought my first pair almost 1 year ago. So I've worn through 2 pairs in less than a year. The seal on the front toe is also coming apart. I probably walked only 100 miles in this 2nd pair so far. My friend is also on his 3rd pair of these shoes because the soles cracked on him twice. I think Vasque needs to recall this boot and fix the problem.
I had a pair of these before that lasted 8 years. I don't do big mountain climbing, but I live around 7500 feet in elevation and twice a day walk dogs around the golf course and other areas that are generally snowy and mucky 6 months a year. After the great use I got on the initial pair I'm disappointed to report that both soles have cracked completely through in less than 8 months. Obviously they have changed their product and quality isn't what they are after any more.
If you need something that will last for more than a year - you need to look elsewhere