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Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

3.7181818181818183 out of 5 stars
110 Reviews
Color:Red Oak


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Why We Like The Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot

The Vasque Sundowner first became famous over a decade ago, and Vasque is continuing the tradition with the new Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot. This Gore-Tex lined boot is completely waterproof for the soggy conditions that are part of life on the trail, and features a waterproof, tough, and supple full-grain leather upper that protects your foot from water, mud, and rocks. Speaking of rocks, the Sundowner features a molded PU midsole and TPU midfoot stabilizer to cushion your feet on rough trails and provide reliability stability to save your ankles, while the classic lace-up design lets you find the perfect snug and supportive fit. Vasque finished the Sundowner with a Pyrenees outsole, which is modeled on the original Sundowner sole, for grip, stability, and reliable braking on steep and slick terrain.


  • Burly boot built for hiking all day
  • Italian leather upper ensures long-lasting quality
  • GORE-TEX Performance Comfort is waterproof and breathable
  • Stiff midsole with midfoot stabilizer for solid support
  • Vasque Pyrenees rubber sole gives a good grip
  • Item #VSQ001C
Upper Material
full-grain leather
GORE-TEX Performance Comfort
Sundowner Classic
molded polyurethane
molded polyurethane, TPU midfoot stabilizer
Vasque Pyrenees
Claimed Weight
3lb 3oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 110 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 23 reviews
2 Stars - 7 reviews
3 Stars - 10 reviews
4 Stars - 8 reviews
5 Stars - 62 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

April 7, 2024


I bought my sundowners over 30 years ago and they are still good looking, waterproof, and perfectly comfortable. Nice for winter hiking.


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5 out of 5 stars

February 9, 2024

I've owned over 40 pairs

I love these boots. I have had at least one pair per year every year for the past 30 plus years. My favorite boot for backpacking hands down. Very happy the skywalk sole was refitted as opposed to whatever took its place for a few years. I've worn them since I was 14 so not sure if my foot grew to the boot or if they are just perfect for my feet.

Sam Sneed

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

35 years old and still going strong

I bought a pair in 1987. They have lasted over 35 years without an issue. Still waterproof and looking good. Finally the sole separated - reglued easily back into vintage condition. These are without doubt the best shoes of this type I have ever had.

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Mike C

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 14, 2024

Reliable boot through the years

Bought my Sundowners back in 1995 and still using them. A more classic style hiking boot, I always appreciate their grip. New advances in lighter modern boots have moved this boot to my winter hiking gear shelf. Mostly use this boot with crampons or micros… need to get them resoled one of these days.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 14, 2024

Strictly Fashion

I got my 1st pair in 1995 for my 1st hiking trip. It was my last hiking trip but definitely not my last pair of Sundowners. I bought every color and wore them strictly for fashion. My favorite color was the burgundy mahogany ones. Will you be making that color again?


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4 out of 5 stars

December 23, 2023

Happy they brought it back, hate the white thread

I had a pair of the old Sundowners in the 90’s when I was just starting backpacking. Quintessential and somewhat underrated boot. I like that they gave it a more cushioned midsole and are offering wide fits. The only update I really don’t care for it the white stitching. I’m pretty sure the original wasn’t white, and think the contrast looks dumb, especially since the stitching is a little weak (low-ish stitch-count), and the white thread just highlights that.


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1 out of 5 stars

October 22, 2023

Not the same

In the 90s I had my first pair last 13 years with hard use, unbelievable comfort....I bought the new ones same size as my old, to small..I went up a half size to big....just not the same I have 2 pair of boots I can't wear...


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5 out of 5 stars

August 12, 2023

My Sundowners are still waterproof 26 years later!

I bought a pair of Sundowners in 1997. I went back to school shortly thereafter, followed a few years later by a time consuming job. I didn't have the time to wear them much for almost 15 years. But then I started wearing them frequently. Now, 26 years later, I still have them and they are still completely waterproof!!! Amazing! Great job, Vasque!!!


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2 out of 5 stars

July 11, 2023

Uppers great and soles terrible

Have bought 3 pairs of sundowner gtx over the last 15 yrs. and all had sole problems. I have hiked with these boots all over the Smoky Mountains and a good bit of Glacier National Park. I really loved these boots but the soles never stayed intact for more than a year

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wore out sole

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5 out of 5 stars

March 29, 2023


I read that this iconic boot has been discontinued!?!? I'm on my second pair, and they only have 12 years on them. My first pair lasted for over 20 years and they fit like slippers on the inside while they were super strong on the outside. If they have been discontinued, I need to find a new pair so I don't have to find a new boot for another 25 years. These take some time to "break-in" but it so worth the effort. Great quality boot.


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