Christopher G.wrote a review of Vasque Ranger GTX Hiking Boot - Men's on March 2, 2010
First off, Vasque has had a HUGE drop in quality since they moved their production out of Italy. My last pair of Vasque Rangers lasted years but upon my first use of the new model, made in China 12/08, I got a tear in the nubuck leather on the inside of the right toe box. Disappointing completely.
After assessing my walking style for two days I realized it was not simply wear from rubbing. Returned the boots under warranty and got a new pair, one size smaller, thinking it may make a difference where my foot placement is. After receiving the new pair I was extra conscious of the way I walk and ensured it was not just me. Upon using the new pair for a week I had a tear in the same exact spot. This sealed the deal. Never buying a pair of Vasque boots again.
After taking the boots to a local cobbler to patch the hole they were good as new, except that I had to silicone seal where the cobbler had to pierce the Gore-tex membrane with the thread to hold the patch on. Continued use of the boots have only put more nails in the coffin. I have put only about 60 miles on this pair and it has been normal trail use, no scree field scrambles or downed timber tromping. The mesh siding, especially on the inside near the arch is tearing and exposed the Gore-tex liner directly to the elements. This tear is apparent in both left and right shoes. This, in my opinion, is poor quality and cannot be stood for. I just wish anybody else better luck with these.
I'm disappointed in the difficulty I have finding a decent pair of hiking boots for a large foot(Mens 14), especially if I don't have a large volume.
These boots, in bigger sizes at least, are tailored for people with fat feet. When I lace them up and pull them tight, the sides are almost touching, not good.