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    New styling and tech on a classic template.

    As the next generation of a proven model, the Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX Hiking Shoe brings all the quality of its predecessor in addition to some extras. Built with a Gore-Tex membrane, this low-profile and highly mobile shoe sheds all moisture while maintaining breathability and comfort even on your harshest mountain play date.
    • Super-grippy Vibram sole that helps you navigate even the most treacherous class IV scramble
    • Abrasion-resistant mesh and nubuck leather comprise a rugged upper
    • A molded PU midsole provides cushioning to proven pressure points underfoot
    • Item #VSQ0192

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    nubuck leather, abrasion-resistant mesh
    Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    Vibram Nuasi
    compression-molded PU
    dual-density EVA
    Claimed Weight
    (size 9) 2 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Two big thumb toes up!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 250lbs

    Shoes work great. They are good for those long days. Good arch support. Durable and good protection. I would buy again.

    Great Boots! Will handle any terrain!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I’ve owned two pairs of Mantras now and am

    Leaving this review before purchasing my third pair. It has been hard for me to find a low ankle hiking shoe that doesn’t cause constant blistering on my heels when hiking steep trails, but I was able to take the Mantras right from out of the box to the top of the Wasatch without issues. My last pair took me from jogging the West Rim in Zion to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa with ease.

    Cons: The thinner tread pattern on the sole causing chunks of tread to come off in areas, especially when hiking on sharp rocks like limestone or volcanic. I estimate I put around 125-150 miles on my boots before I retired them due to decreased traction on steep terrain. I felt like the previous edition (Mantra) pattern didn’t have this issue but rather just wore down normally.

    The only other complaint is that I found the stitching to not hold up the best around the toe. After stubbing your foot on rocks and trees a few times the stitching starts to come apart a bit and flaps of the toe can begin to open.

    Regardless of the flaws, I still trust these shoes to provide the durability and comfort I need on any trip from ridge scrambling to backpacking to canyoneering.

    Great Boots! Will handle any terrain!

    Great Hiking Shoe

      Hiked 36 miles through the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and this shoes performed well. Only complaint is that the insert inside the shoe wore holes at the balls of my feet within only a few weeks so i had to replace them with aftermarket inserts.

      Great Shoe, Great Customer Service

      • Size Bought: 10.5
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 170lbs

      The shoe is very comfortable, rugged and will hold up to a lot of use and abuse. I used them heavily for work, hiking and camping for over a year and they held up nicely.

      I live in Florida and we have a lot of soft fine grit sand so when sand made its way under the Gore-Tex lining beneath the removable insert and created lumps, I called Red Wing, sent the shoes back and within 2 weeks they sent me a brand new pair of boots. Also, when I finally sent them in, it was over 3 years after I purchased them. I don't think my issue is very common and everything else about the boot is perfect. So knowing you're buying a great boot with top notch customer service makes this an easy buy.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      Here is the straight talk on the best hiking shoe made today -- the Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX. The picture doesn't even come close to showing you the real beauty of this shoe. When your foot slides into the shoe for the first time you know it's something special -- from its' oilly leather to it's Gortex-lined mesh and lining throughout, you can feel the quality as soon as you begin to tighten the laces from toe to top, wow, it's like sitting in a Porsche ready to hit the road flying (well almost that feeling). And did I mention the tread -- are you kidding me, Vibram improved the rubber compound and even put some color pigment into the rubber to match up with the shoe (instead of that ugly black all the time).
      What can I say, if you are wondering whether or not to go VASQUE, because your just not sure of the quality, or mayby that your a Merrill guy/gal, and your hell bent on not changing over to another brand -- DO IT I SAY, DO IT ANYWAY. DO IT FOR YOUR MOTHER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR BROTHER, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU DO IT FOR, BUT JUST TRY THESE VASQUE MANTRA 2.0 GTX hikers and you won't look back!


      Hi, it's me again, the guy in the review above. Well, I am reporting back a year and one month later. I've used the hell out of this boot during all of 2018 and now I'm into March of 2019 and am here to say BRAVO VASQUE! These boots are nothing short of GREAT! They still feel like new and still as stern and comfortable as the day I bought them. Here is one secret in maintaining your leather boots, it's not that cheap, but in the scheme of things it is very inexpensive, in preserving your leather and stitching ( stops your leather from cracking and drying out and keeps your threading in tact as well) and it's called LEATHER CREAM CONDITIONER Made by BLUE MAGIC 'product that performs'. It comes in a brown 16 fl. oz. spray bottle and this stuff rocks! On the bottle it will say on the bottom that it " RESOTRES LEATHER,& VINYL * PREVENTS CRACKING * MOISTURIZES AND SOFTENS" (they've been in business since 1959) and it does exactly that and more. I don't care what boot you have, get this product and after a year of brutalizing your boots they'll still perform like new. The trick is to apply (spray) directly on to boot/shoe and wipe in by hand, letting it also drip into all the seams and crack areas on your boot -- the parts that usually tear or crack first -- then let dry. You're good to go. It'll slightly darken until it dries, but then your boots will begin to re-color back to normal in a while. This is not your normal "cheap" aftermarket spray, this is the Pip, the stuff that works! It'll even soften your hands. Picked my bottle up at a drug store. Price was around $6.59 give or take, worth every penny. One bottle will last and last! Good luck and good hiking.

      Worth stocking up on

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      For a long time, my husband has worn hiking shoes just about all the time (whenever he isn't forced to wear dress shoes). For years he wore a particular Merrell shoe until it was discontinued; he found another model that he liked but it was discontinued, too. The next pair of Merrells just didn't cut it, so when those fell apart he moved on to Salomons. He liked the first pair well enough, but wasn't too disappointed when those were discontinued. The next model he tried fell apart in less than a year, so it was time to move on, to these shoes.
      It's been a year since he bought his first pair, and he loves them so much he just bought two more, in case they end up being discontinued! (I know, a little strange, but he REALLY likes them.)
      He finds the fit and support are far superior to the other shoes he's had, but where they really shine is durability. He's really hard on his footwear but I have to say they still look great after a year of constant wear. The fit is true to size but a bit narrow; he found he had to wear them around for a few weeks before his custom orthotics would fit in there, but once they were broken in, they fit like a glove.
      All in all, a great product, one worth stocking up on!!

      Update six months later ... the second pair is still sitting in its box on the shelf -- first pair still going strong! Setting records here!

      Wicked awesome hiking shoe

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

      I've hiked all through the High Peaks region in the Adirondacks in NY and the best footwear I ever used were a pair of old running shoes from high school, and the worst was a clunky pair of hiking boots. So I figured I'd try the middle of the road and give these a chance. Right out of the box they are extremely comfortable and provide excellent support. The break it period was practically non existent because less than a week after I opened the box, I was in Rocky Mountain National Park - hiking roughly 10 miles the first day without any foot issues. The tread did seem to be a bit slick on some of the rocks, and other wet parts of the trail (which was expected) The gore tex is always a nice touch on footwear as well. My only issue so far with these hiking shoes is that the rubber has started to pull away from the tip of the toes on both shoes, and on the right shoe (outer side) where it flexes when walking. But thats nothing a little glue can't fix especially because I beat the snot out of them trekking in the rockies. All in all a great purchase for anyone that's sick of clunky old hiking boots that give them hot spots and blisters and I definitely recommend them to anyone. I now have a new favorite "go-to" pair of hiking shoes.

      I'm pretty pleased.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: US Sz. 9

      I bought these shoes a few years ago looking for something I could work in, hike in, walk around town in, etc. I can say they aren't very great as a hiking shoe. The leather didn't stay water resistant for very long, making them a no-go for the Winds.. Rubbing in a solid layer of NikWax would help that problem. But I chop wood in these, wear them to the bar, run errands in them.. And In that aspect I'm pleased. Would I buy them again? Probably not.

      Despite building pools in these shoes, the soles and leather have held up quite well. No gripes on durability. The grip is adequate for anything short of climbing. Shoe laces don't show any signs of wearing out anytime soon, which I think is impressive considering what they're made of. The Goretex on the toes isn't adequate enough to provide of ton of breatheability, but breathes a bit nonetheless. Fits true to size.

      I would recommend these shoes as a summer day hiking shoe and casual around-town shoe. But Vasque makes a good product, 4/5.

      Great looking and comfy

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

      So far so good, just holding this shoe you can see the quality, stitching, material sole all great! Water proof seems great. Shoe has now seen snow and slush my feet stayed dry traction is great, have done some local hiking before snow came and shoes performed perfectly good grip on damp branches/ logs, loose gravel and a few good scrambles. Don't hesitate on buying this one it's worth price plus. Another big plus is these look good enough to wear to casual dinner and are super comfy!

      Great shoe

        I've had these for about 2 years now and they've held up greatly. I've hiked Mt. Si (both big and little) in WA, along with huge sections of Mt. Rainer, Mailbox Peak, and Hoh Rainforest trail. Recently I trekked up through Arches National Park and logged some serious miles along the Southern Rim of the GC. Bottom line, it's a great hiking shoe that not only is comfortable and performs, but also looks great. I would and have recommended these shoes to others who enjoy hiking serious terrain. I haven't tried on their mid but am considering it. Definitely worth the money.

        First 50 miles: very good shoe

          I bought the Gore-Tex version of the Mantra 2 from Backcountry and the ordinary version from another vendor. Neither one is quite perfect but I find myself reaching for each of them often and have no complaints at all about either show when they're in action. The comfort is excellent, the grip is excellent, and the fact that they are mostly leather means they fend of the perils of desert-type terrain much better than nylon, meshy shoes/boots. I've had trouble with nylon and mesh collecting tiny bits of cactus spine that my hands may later pick up. There is a very important difference in construction that I could later come to regret but so far has posed no problem. The tongue on the non-Gore-Tex version is not attached to the shoe which makes me wonder if sand or other grit would get into the shoe. So far, that hasn't happened and most of my use is in sandy, gritty, gravelly terrain. My guess is that if hiking in finer, deeper sand, it might get into the shoe, but I haven't used the shoes in those conditions yet. The non-Gore-Tex version (with the unclosed tongue) is a perfect fit from heel to toe. The Gore-Tex version seems to be just a tiny bit bigger in the toe box, but it's not a problem. I have walked several times in rain with the Gore-Tex version and my feet stayed completely dry. Several walks have been up/down fairly steep trails with a lot of rocks and gravel. Both models really handle the surfaces well.

          Great Shoe

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

          Really nice shoe but I wish they made it in wide width. I can't see why company's don't make shoes in wide width. I wear a size 12 wide and ordered a 12. Had to return them for a 13. The 13 fits great but a tad bit long. I'm still happy overall with them. They are very comfy and I love the The fact that they have Gore-tex. Getting harder and harder to find shoes with gore-tex.

          Soft but comfy

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

          I'm in the need for a new pair of shoes that transition well between the hills and the office. I've been using a pair of Merrell Chameleon's for about 2 years now and they're finally starting to fall apart (there's a nice split in the side and the laces/eyelets are destroyed). So I bought these to compare against the newest Merrell Chameleon 5's.

          These seem like a great pair of shoes if you're looking for a flexible shoe with some aggressive traction. I'm usually a 10.5 or 11 depending on the brand and the 10.5's were perfect for me. I wore them around for a day and it doesn't seem like there's much of a break-in period. Ultimately I decided to stick with the Merrell's and here's why.

          Because I've been in the Merrell's for so long my feet have gotten used to the stiffer sole in the Chameleon's so walking around in the Mantra felt a little loosey goosey. Plus I like the added protection that the Merrell's offer with their nylon shank. Another issue I ran into is the lacing on the Mantra's tends to pull pretty tight on the top of my foot right below my ankle. I've had this problem with other shoes but the Merrell's have always fit my feet well and never caused an issue with this. So what I'm left with is either having my feet fall asleep if I sit down for more than 5 minutes or I have to wear them without the laces tightened all the way and the shoes feel like they're going to fall off all the time.

          I really wanted these to work because I've never owned a pair of Vasque's but I found that they just don't suit my feet well. Otherwise, seems like a great shoe.

          Awesome Hiking Shoe

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

          This is the 2nd pair of Vasques I've owned. I put the first pair through the wringer during a 280 day backpacking trip around the world and they held up amazingly w/ comfort, durability and waterproofing.

          These have been no different and are shoes I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a solid, waterproof pair of hiking shoes that are bomb-proof but also look half-way decent. They're super comfortable, plenty stiff and supportive enough for me and my really high arches.

          I chose these over the Patagonias and have been super stoked with my choice! In the rain, snow or mud you'll have really dry, comfy feet.

          Not enough sole support

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times
          • Fit: Runs large

          I tried these boots out on a couple day hikes ... and they weren't what I was looking for. After about half a day, my feet were getting very tired/sore, which is a sign that the soles aren't stiff enough for me. (Meaning, when walking on uneven terrain, the sole isn't providing enough support, so my foot muscles make up the difference, which makes them get fatigued.)

          I've had this problem with other hiking boots in the past, the best luck I've had is with a pair of Solomons that I've had for 6-7 years now. (They're about ready to be replaced, thus my purchase of these Vasques.)

          For regular walkabout use, they're probably fine (they look great! Although in certain lighting (overcast mostly) they look purple rather than grey), although they never quite fit my feet right. (I've got very wide feet, so that's a fairly common issue for me. Your mileage may vary.)

          The Gore-Tex waterproofing worked great though, and the traction was just fine. Other than fit and beefiness, I don't have any issues with these.

          One other note - I had to buy a half size smaller than I usually wear, they seemed to run pretty large.

          Vasque v2.0

            This is my second pair of Vasque hiking shoes. I chased down this pair in local retailers and research here on backcountry. My local retailer was willing to match the online price but they did'nt have my size. I love this hiking shoe. It's perfect for wintry mix mid-atlantic winters. It's an urban casual shoe during the week at work and great in the woods on the weekend. Like other have wrote. It must be cold. But your feet stay warm and dry in any sock you choose. Buy them now. You won't regret it.

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            Need shoes in 12 wide and black. do you...

            Need shoes in 12 wide and black. do you have?

            Regarding the NON GORE-TEX Mantra 2.0,...

            Regarding the NON GORE-TEX Mantra 2.0, does anyone know if they run large? both in length and width. In general, I'm between a 12 and 13, and usually get wide-width running shoes, (like in a Brooks, when I can find them). General experience whether to size up if in between sizes.

            Do these vasque mantra shoes come in a...

            Do these vasque mantra shoes come in a wide size??

            Hello Robert. The mantra 2.0 non Gore-Tex version comes in a wide width. But good luck finding them. Although, as the first week of Feb. 2014, some etailers are restocking the wide width. Just depends. Jim Gray

            Hello, i wish to order this show, however...

            Hello, i wish to order this show, however it does not give me an option for the width. Narrow, medium, or wide. What is the width of this shoe and do i have option to choose width?