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Vasque Grand Traverse Hiking Shoe - Women's

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Grand Traverse Hiking Shoe

The Vasque Women's Grand Traverse Shoe keeps your foot light and cool whether you're on a tricky approach to a multi-pitch climb or shouldering a daypack up and down hiking trails. This hiking shoe uses suede leather for durability and PU-coated mesh for ample breathability. The dual-density EVA footbed cushions your foot with every step, and the molded EVA midsole absorbs shock from off-camber, craggy surfaces.

Providing a solid foundation for day-long hikes, the shoe's Equalizer last balances performance and comfort with its fitted heel and arch support. The shoe's Vibram Ibex sole lays down serious traction with its lugged design, cruising over scree, wet slabs, and rocky trails. Essential for climbers using this shoe for approaches, the shoe's back loop easily slides onto a biner before you start your ascent.

  • Suede leather, PU-coated mesh upper
  • Dual-density EVA footbed
  • Molded EVA midsole
  • Equalizer last
  • Vibram Ibex sole
  • Back loop
  • Item #VSQ000B

Upper Material
suede leather, PU-coated mesh
Lining
synthetic
Closure
lace
Last
Equalizer
Footbed
dual-density EVA
Midsole
molded EVA
Sole
Vibram Ibex
Claimed Weight
[single] 11 oz
Recommended Use
approach, day hikes
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 3

Style - 5, Comfort - 1

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
9
Height
5` 5"
Weight
125 lbs

I bought these shoes based off of looks alone. I love the colors and how durable they are. You can hike through mud and sharp rocks without a worry. However, the toe area is not wide enough to fit all 5 of my toes. I find myself scrunching my toes together throughout the entire hike. My last 11 mile hike was the last one in these boots, as they caused a heel injury that lasted a week. Also, my pinkie toe went numb for an entire day. I would have been better off in tennis shoes. I got some new Danner boots and as soon as I slipped them on I realized how horribly uncomfortable my Vasque boots were. Would not recommend.

>Rating: 5

Definitely size up

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these in size 7 three years ago and they are now my easy slip on/slip off shoes for camping and bouldering. They are still in amazing shape. Just bought a new pair for hiking because these shoes had no break in period and don't bother my bunions. I ordered 7's because that's what I already had in the same shoe, but this time around had to change to 7.5 because as everyone said, they are a smaller fit in the toe box area. My sister luckily fit into the size 7's. I hike a lot in the rain and have a favorite hike that requires boulder hopping across a 20 foot stream. These are the only shoes that are grippy when the rocks are wet. My waterproof goretex Ahnu's and La Sportiva trail runners both slipped on the rocks and I ended up in the water. These aren't waterproof, but they don't slip so a better solution to hiking in the rain on rocky terrain. and my husband also got his own pair.

>Rating: 4

Strange fit

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

I love vasque, but the fit of this boot is odd. My toes still seem to rub the sides despite sizing up.

>Rating: 5

Nicest hiking shoes I've had

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These shoes offer balance between sturdiness and flexibility and between protection from the elements and breathability. The Vibram soles are grippy but not so thick that you can't detect changes in the terrain below your feet. I have a very narrow and long foot. These Vasques seem to be made for narrow feet - that's both a blessing for others with narrow feet and a warning for those with wide feet - these may not be the right fit for you. I typically wear a women's 9 1/2 or 9 and like a snug fit. After reading reviews, I decided that 9 1/2 was definitely the right move. Due to the toe box design (it tapers inward toward the big toe at a pretty sharp angle), I might have even gotten away with a 10 and I do not wear thick socks with these. I took them out for their first true test on a high country hike in the Rockies yesterday up to 12,500+ ft. I crossed several fast-moving streams and got splashed; I definitely just shoved one of my feet straight into the water at one point, too. Each time I could feel the water start to seep in and then, miraculously, the mesh-y outer seemed to wick the water away. My feet felt nice and dry! The snow is melting up there still and so I found myself trekking through some boggy/muddy areas and these fellas seemed to slough off the mud pretty well. My feet felt supported, dry, and light. A much nicer alternative to my big hiking boots in terms of comfort and breathability for warmer weather hikes. The -only- drawback is that I can sometimes feel my toes getting a little irritated from rubbing the angle on the toe box. However, I prefer the snug fit and hope this may resolve after a break-in period. Overall, I love these and would highly recommend for anyone looking for a trusty hiking shoe for their narrow to regular width foot.

Come be a Gearhead! This is such great info. Thank you!

>Rating: 5

Great Shoes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This is my second pair of these shoes, I love them. I use them for hiking and mountain biking. They are fantastic. Don't think twice about buying them. They do run a bit small, I normally wear 9.5 but I got a 10 in these.

>Rating: 5

Does it all & weighs pretty much nothing

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for bouldering excursions but have ended up using them for dry day hikes. They're super lightweight, I sized up 1/2 a size so I could wear them with my thicker wool socks, and they're a dream! They've seen a nearly a hundred miles and are still going strong!

>Rating: 5

Grippy and comfortable!

I bought these for my sister and am now getting ready to buy a pair for myself. We hiked red rocks in Moab with no complaints on her part. She said they are so comfy she ended up wearing them off the trail as well.

>Rating: 4

Great Hiker Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
8.5
Height
5` 4"
Weight
115 lbs

These shoes are great! I have worn them a few times and love how grippy they are. There is definitely a break-in period but once you get past that they are super comfortable.

>Rating: 5

Great shoes

I bought these my girlfriend and this is what she said: I bought these for hiking and they are great. They were easy to break in. I didn't get any blisters like I usually do when wearing hiking shoes for the the first time. They are great for long day hikes, really comfortable.

>Rating: 5

Approaching made easy

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
8.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
145 lbs

From down climbs, to walk -offs, these shoes are super light and easily clip to your harness without adding too much weight during those long trad days.

From
>Rating: 5

Fantastic Shoes

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these for my sister because she needed shoes for hiking half dome. These are a great choice for multiple surfaces. Part of the sole has lugs for hiking on soft surfaces. The other is flat for gripping solid rock. It's a great shoe for just about anything you'll see on the trail. I summited Utah's highest peak last month and there was a woman at the summit with a pair of these shoes. She and my sister love these shoes and so will you!

>Rating: 5

Great Grip

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9
Height
5` 7"
Weight
125 lbs

I love this hiking shoe for my more basic hikes. It has a Vibram sole which is so great for grip! The shoe runs a little more narrow than I expected but has stretched a bit with wear. The best thing about this shoe for me personally is that is was nice and easy on your feet to break in.

I
>Rating: 5

Grippy and Comfy

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
7
Height
5` 4"
Weight
125 lbs

I love these shoes. So much in fact I purchased two pairs. They are grippy on trail but comfortable enough to walk in all day at work. I usually wear 6 1/2 but found the 7 to fit better. I have used them for trail hiking and mountain biking and I find them to be extremely functional and comfortable during every activity.

>Rating:

Vasque Grand Traverse

>Rating: 3

Needs very specific Foot... Cinderella?

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small

These shoes run pretty small. I should have gone with a full size up. With the hard toe box it doesnt give you much wiggle room for stretching. The Laces are also very short, and hard to tie anything other than a knot. However, that may be due to the fact that these shoes are not the correct size for my feet. I generally wear a size 6.5 and that is what i got, and they crunch my toes. I took them on a fairly long approach and now my big toe nails are not attached to my toes anymore. Im surprised they haven™t fallen off completely. These shoes do great on the approach, for boulder hopping, scrambling, and sticking to the rock but they are not the best for strait up hiking. They will wreck your feet. They also dont do well when the rock is wet or muddy. They slide all over the place. They are a very stiff shoe, and very narrow. I also have a wider foot so they do not work toward my advantage in that department either. These shoes would work great for someone with a long narrow foot as long as you size about a size up. I do love the coloring though. The shoe itself looks great. But for practicality, not my favorite cup of tea.

These
>Rating: 4

Grippy, Stable, Bomber.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
9.0
Height
5` 8"
Weight
135 lbs

The durability of these shoes is awesome. They seem to last forever, no matter what you put them through. Sizing is a little tricky. Since they are meant for rocky ascents, you want them a fitted, or snug. Typically, I'm an 8.5 or 9.0. I bought and 8.5, initially. The fit on the 8.5 was snug, but felt solid scrambling up rock. However, on the descent, my toes smashed hard into the front. So, I sized up to a 9.0 and they're perfect. My husband sized up a half size, as well. Once the fit is right, they are comfortable right out of the box and perform very well. Their grip on steep slab is flawless, and the stiff toe gave me a reliable platform, going up this pretty little rock chunk. They are not great on steep, gravelly descents, though. But, I've yet to find an approach shoe that is. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions: Emily Jenson Expert Gearhead 801.746.7587 ejenson@backcountry.com

The
>Rating: 3

Nice looking shoe, okay fit.

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small

Purchased a 7.5 based on reviews being true to size. Used it once on a relatively easy trail, and will be returning. The narrow toe box was an issue for me. I did appreciate the grip I felt going downhill, but did not appreciate my toes pressing against the front of the shoe.

>Rating: 4

Great hiker with approach features

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I used this shoe to hike Half Dome as well as an approach/descent shoe for several days of climbing in Yosemite. Except for wearing on the plane & one descent, the shoes were completely unbroken in before the 12 hour Half Dome hike. I did end up with a couple blisters, but I was surprised at how comfortable the shoes were. I like the rubber/tread - I felt relatively sure-footed on the Mist Train as well as scrambling down the dry descents. I didn't try, but I think the tread would not be great for smearing - these are more of a hiker. I usually wear an 8.5, occasionally a 9, so I got a 9 based on reviews which was a smidge big but OK, especially with swollen feet. The 8.5 probably would have worked fine too.