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Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry Winter Boot - Men's

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Snowburban II UltraDry Winter Boot

You don't have to get used to cold feet just because it's winter. Vasque crammed 400g Thinsulate synthetic insulation into the waterproof Snowburban II Ultradry Winter Boot to keep your feet toasty no matter what the weather is doing. Since staying warm is only half of the battle, the boot is constructed with rough-and-ready waterproof leather uppers that keep moisture out, and a dual-density EVA footbed that's built to support you for all day snowy adventures. When you're scrambling up snowy trails, or walking your little one to school on icy sidewalks, the Nordic Rover outsole adds extra grip with winter traction lugs that are hit with razor siping for no-slip protection.

  • Boots designed to keep you going in frigid temps
  • Leather upper is waterproof and tough
  • Thinsulate insulation delivers warmth without bulk
  • Terry loop wool lining traps heat within boot
  • Ultra-Dry waterproof system keeps moisture out
  • D-ring for attaching gaiter when you hike in deep snow
  • Tech-loaded outsole designed for winter traction
  • Item #VSQ002H

Upper Material
waterproof leather
Waterproofing
UltraDry
Insulation
400g 3M Thinsulate Ultra
Lining
wool
Closure
lace
Last
Perpetuum
Footbed
EVA
Midsole
molded EVA and TPU shank
Sole
Vasque Nordic Rover with ColdHold compound
Claimed Weight
3lb 6oz
Recommended Use
casual, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 4

Excellent Warm boot.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
12
Height
6` 3"
Weight
235 lbs

4/5 due to how heavy they are. Otherwise they keep my feet warm and dry. Quite comfortable, but the longest I have walked in them in one setting is 5miles (all snow).

>Rating: 3

Good Looking and Great Fitting Boots

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 9"
Weight
190 lbs

I typically wait to review products until I get a chance to run them through the wringer, but I just wanted to talk about fit and sizing. I will update at a later date. Sizing is spot on for me. The size 11 is slightly large, which allows for a thicker sock. When worn with Darn Tough wool socks the fit is right on. I did not have any difficulty putting my foot into the boot (sitting up or sitting on the ground) as other reviews elude to. Sitting on the floor I had to use the loop on the back of the boot to get it on, but it was not difficult at all. It is possible for the lace to get pulled through the top eyelet, but a simple overhand knot at the end of the lace solves that. The cool thing about the lacing system is the speed of which you can tighten up and lace. One swift pull of the laces and the boots are ready to go. It appears they will break in fast. They were not overly stiff when compared to highly supportive trekking boots. UPDATE: I wore these boots as an instructor at the Fort McCoy Cold Weather Ops Course for 3 weeks so I wouldn't have to wear vapor barrier boots. As per above - they're still easy to get on and lace up, however I shredded the stock laces to the point of failure in a week. Luckily I had a back up pair of laces. There must be sharp edges on the eyelets. Snow traction is acceptable. I would like to see some deeper lugs on the bottom. Ice traction was poor. Freeze thaw cycles left glare ice on trails and back roads. I struggled to maintain balance on the ice even with a few inches of fresh powder on top of it. Good thing I was able to borrow some micro spikes. My pack was about 60lbs so slipping on the ice was not an option since my collarbone was fractured mountain biking a few months earlier. My colleague had the Columbia boots and he raved how good the ice traction was with the Michelin soles. I could tell by the way he was walking that he wasn't exaggerating. On the positive side the fit was perfect. I never got a blister or a hot spot. My feet were always dry. My feet were almost always warm except when the morning temps were into the single negative digits. At those temps my toes were getting cold, but warmed up as soon as we started moving. I was wearing Darn Tough USMC issue wool socks. They're light and the height really helped in the snow so I didn't have to wear gaiters. I like the aesthetics of the boot. I'm downgrading my rating to 3.5. for the laces and traction. Easy fixes Vasque!

>Rating: 2

Difficult to put on

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11.5
Height
5` 8"
Weight
200 lbs

I ordered several boots to try on multiple styles. This boot was the bottom of the pack because they are extremely difficult to put on. The lacing system at the top of the boot is very poorly designed. It would have been better if the designers had used open lace hooks instead of closed sheaths. It makes putting the boots on while lying down almost impossible. Probably not a problem if you're in a store or at the tailgate of a car, but good luck if you're in a tent.

>Rating: 5

Great boots

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

I've had these boots for 3 winter's now. I'm a carpenter in Wisconsin. Sometimes I'm in snow all day, sometimes slush, sometimes well below zero. Boots have always kept me dry. Always. Only when it's 5° or colder, and I'm outside on my feet for 8 hrs do my feet get cold. But I have poor circulation, and put a toe warmer in, and I'm good to go. Boots are heavy duty! From framing houses, to up on roofs, to hiking in snowshoes, to home doing chores for the animals, the boots have made it through the beating unscathed!! They're better than my crew's Red Wings and Keens! On and off easy, super comfy. Even after 10-12hr days. You won't be disappointed. I totally will buy again. And again. Added a half size to my normal, perfect!

>Rating: 5

Great boot!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
6` 4"
Weight
220 lbs

I love these boots. They are extremely warm, and my feet have never gotten wet. I have poor circulation in my feet, and my feet are still warm. I have used them for everything from snowshoeing to shoveling the driveway.

>Rating: 2

Very narrow.

Very narrow I couldn't even get my foot into them. Have to send them back. Looks like I have to pay for shipping which is disappointing.

>Rating: 3

Very warm and comfortable, But ......,.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
13
Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

I was looking for a an insulated boot to replace a pair of 5 year old Keen snow boots that just could not keep the water out when snow turned to slush. Despite the odd unattractive appearance of the boot I went with the Vasque Snowburban. At present, I haven't had a chance to test the boots in wet conditions since it's still January and it's been quite cold; with the wrap around design it appears as though the will do quite well. They have kept my feet quite warm in near zero weather and fit me like a glove. The boot runs a bit small so chose a size 13 which is a full 1 and a half sizes larger than my normal shoe size to allow for thick socks etc.. The main problem I have with this boot is that the tread retains snow and ice in most winter conditions. The boot bottoms just become slick with packed snow and their difficult to clean out. Most winter boots I've noticed ( my old keen's included ) have wide tread to prevent this packing situation. So this boot is really worthless if having good traction in snow is important. I thought of complaining but decided I'd just spend more money and get a really good all around boot for cold winter hiking and keep this pair for non snowy conditions since they really do fit very well and have keep my feet very warm.

>Rating: 5

Impressive Boots

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11.5
Height
6` 3"
Weight
195 lbs

I bought these boots to deal with Minnesota cold and have gotten a good test over the last few days. Out of the box, I found them a little difficult to get into (I have high arches which may contribute to this). Once on though, they are very comfortable and warm. Unlike another review, I found them to fit true to size in both length and width. I was initially taken aback by not having speed laces on the ankles. After taking them on and off several times, I actually prefer this setup over a more traditional one. The laces are long enough to allow the gusseted tongue to stretch as far as it goes without any unlacing. As a result, I find them to be faster and less fussy to put on. The outsole has been sufficiently grippy for dealing with snow and ice. As cold as it has been, I haven't encountered any liquid water, so no idea how waterproof they are. After a 90-minute fat bike ride at -18F, I can confirm they are warm. My feet never got too hot or cold. Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with these boots. If you have super-high arches, you may want to try on to make sure getting in and out isn't too difficult. Other than that one small caveat, I can't recommend them any more highly.

I agree with this reviewer. i have these boots as well as the Salomon Toundra CSWP Pro's and the Columbia Bugaboot Plus III with Omni Heat. Of the three, i prefer the Vasque although they are the heaviest. The traction is amazing and they are definitely warm. In respect with the other two boots i've mentioned, i would say the Vasque Snowburban are the warmest and provide the best water protection and traction in cold, harsh conditions. The Salomon's are lighter and equally warm, however, i wondered if my toes were starting to feel a little bit of the cold after 90 minutes hiking in -5 degree F temps. Finally, Columbia is not serious about their performance gear so why should i take them seriously? That said, the Bugaboots are the most comfortable and easy to lace up. (Editorial: I believe there's an inverse relationship between the cost of a product's licensed marketing - in Columbia's case licensing Star Wars themed gear - and the quality of the products they produce. Just an observation...)

>Rating: 5

WARM, COOL BOOTS...

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
180 lbs

MAAAAAAAAAAAAAN, THESE BOOTS ARE THE CAT'S MEOW!!! THEY FIT ME GREAT I THINK AND ARE WARM! WOOL LININGS AND THINSULATE 400g TOO? WE JUST HAD A HUGE SNOW STORM AND THEY ARRIVED JUST IN TIME. THESE ARE RUGGED YET SOFT, WELL PADDED BOOTS AND YOU KNOW WHAT I PAID? $111!!! YOU WON'T FIND A BETTER DEAL ON A COOL, WARM BOOT JUST MADE FOR DEEP SNOW AND YEP, YOU CAN WALK 50 MILES IN THEM TOO. THEY BEAT SOREL LINER BOOTS AND RUBBER BOOTS BY MILES. MODERATELY LIGHT WEIGHT TOO. I LOVE THESE EXCELLENT BOOTS AND THE SUPERB PRICE. PERRRRRRRRRRRECT!!! SEE YOU SHOVELING SNOW!

MAAAAAAAAAAAAAN,
>Rating: 2

Runs Small, Terrible lacing system

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 9"
Weight
185 lbs

I ordered a pair of these from Backcountry.com. I chose size 11 because that is my standard size and a perfect fit in my Breeze III which I have been using in cold weather with a pair of warm socks . The Snowburbans were extremely narrow and I would say at least a full size too short in length. They were also very stiff and unlike the Breeze would require an extended break in period. I managed to get my foot into the boots with much effort but needed my wife's help to get them off. this was with a much thinner pair of socks than I normally wear in the winter Also, what was Vasque thinking when they designed the lacing system for these boots? Every other shoe vasque makes has open speed lace hooks to secure the laces on the upper part of the boot to make it easy to get them on and off but these require you to thread the laces through tight leather loops that make getting them on and a major pain in the rear. That being said the boots are very well made and look like they are built to last Unfortunately I had to return the boots and will have to look for a different brand for my tall winter boot. Unfortunately most of the alternatives in BC are sold out in my size

Agree on the horrible lacing system. They look like they are built to last, but not so. I bought a pair of snowburban I in 2016. The lacing system is the same. They are definitely not built to last. I probably only wore them about a dozen times before the stitching that creates the leather loops ripped out so now they don't lace up at all. FYI - I did not buy them from back country.