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Vasque Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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    15 Reviews

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    Time-tested design gets an upgrade.

    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.

    • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof and breathable membrane
    • Full-grain leather upper
    • Molded PU midsole
    • TPU midfoot stabilizer
    • Vasque Pyrenees outsole
    • Item #VSQ001C

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    full-grain leather
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    Closure
    lace
    Last
    Sundowner Classic
    Midsole
    molded polyurethane, TPU midfoot stabilizer
    Sole
    Vasque Pyrenees
    Claimed Weight
    3 lb 3 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Yes + size up 1/2 size

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10.5
    • Height: 6'0"

    I just recently got these for my trip to Alaska and they've quickly become my favorite hiking boot. They are so comfy and am definitely going to be wearing them all the time! I sized up a 1/2 size and super happy I did!

    Yes + size up 1/2 size

    Classic Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 225lbs

    I owned some of these long ago and purchased some as the nostalgia kicked in. They have changed, but the changes work for me. Fit is the same, about a half size smaller than your regular boot. Be ready to hurt for a little while as they break in.

    Half Size Up

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    Recently took these boots for some testing out on the Na Pali Coast and they did not disappoint. You encounter a lot of water and mud on that trail and I never got any sort of breach and the boots gripped very well. I ended up going a half size up from my normal and am glad I did, they fit perfectly. There is a definite break in period however so give yourself 5 days or so with the boots before any long jaunts in the backcountry.



    If you have any questions about the Sundowner please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

    Half Size Up

    Horrible

      I’ve owned 6 pairs of the Sundowners over the last 20 years. They were always my first choice...until my last pair. The Vibram soles of years past are gone. Even the Skywalk soles that replaced the Vibrams are gone as well. The no-name soles are garbage. I got less than 6 months out of them before they wore completely flat. No traction left. Two of the eyelets popped off within the first 60 days of ownership. I’ll not buy another pair any time soon.

      Needs replacing... after 25 years!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 8.5
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      I love my Vasque boots. I got these in college in 1992 while at CU Boulder. These were "the" boots to have back then and to this day are still in good shape given their age. I'm not replacing so much as getting a spare pair. I use my boots for hiking, camping, all my ski days where a prime "slip-on" shoe is necessary to/from the car to the locker. I have never been disappointed with these shoes and have spent all-day in them on a repeat basis. Insulation is good down to zero for me, and the Gore-Tex protection has kept my feet dry unless the snow comes over the top. Grip is great for hiking on dry or snowy trails. And as an office slave, I can get by wearing even in the office on snowy days.

      A classic

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 8.5
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      I haven't used these long enough to really understand durability, but my initial impressions are positive! They seem sturdy and appear to be well made. After a few hikes I don't have any blisters which was surprising. I was expecting a longer break-in period. They definitely run small, so size up! I'm usually an 8 in Vans, Nike, etc., and went with 8.5 in these. I probably could've gone with a 9 when I consider a padded hiking sock.

      I Dig 'Em - EDIT

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      Edit - I decided to write a review on the boot "as is" rather than the "old vs. new" design of the boot.
      These boots are really great! The support is great and the soles are better than any vibram sole I have. I did add Super feet (green) to these, but that's only because I have high arches and I would need extra support in any boot.
      These are 100% water proof.
      These are great once they're broken in, but the break in period is painful and painfully long! Get these wet and wear them on some walks with a thick sock to break them in. Allow time for a break in period before planning a long hike.
      These are not as breathable as other waterproof boots.
      These boots run small and I would recommend going a FULL size up to accommodate a nice sock.

      I Dig 'Em - EDIT

      Killer boots

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

      These boots took about a week or so to break in, and now they're a dream. You can wear these all day, and stay very comfortable. Once you take then off, you'll want to put them right back on. I bought a pair because the last Vasque boot I had lasted me well over 10 years, hopin these do as well.

      Back to the original cut

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

      Vasque this year went back to the original cut on the boot. Last years model had that weird cuff around the top. that would creat a seam on the inside that would irritate my ankle bone. This years show fits like a glove, and it is comfortable from the box. No break in time, and the leather is extremely soft. Last years boot the leather seemed tough and took six months to break in.

      Great boots!

        These Sundowners are very tough, but still good looking! I've worn them hiking throughout the Eastern Sierra and San Gabriels, and they've been exposed to, and done well in, all weather conditions except for snow (but a little bit of ice!). I found the break in period difficult, but worth it. All in all, great boots.

        Treading across Ireland

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 13
        • Height: 6'2"
        • Weight: 185lbs

        Excellent boots! I purchased these Red Oaks knowing I was going to Ireland in the rainy season. Wore them the entire 8 days! Very comfortable and reliable. We had quite a few opportunities to climb and hike around various terrains and they were solid in every situation. Definitely worth the dollar bills.

        Treading across Ireland

        Back to the good ole days...hopefully

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 14
        • Height: 6'3"
        • Weight: 215lbs

        I really like these. I haven't owned an all leather boot since the mid-1990's when I had an Italian made pair of Sundowners. These are indeed very similar. They have a snugger feel on the foot, but I really like that. Most higher-end boots have this also- more secure not only feels better, it's better if you're carrying a load. Historically, Vasque lost a ton of loyal followers in the last decade by producing bottom barrel boots. I went to Scarpa, others went to Asolo, La Sportiva, and Zamberlan. I'm always willing to forgive so I've given these a fresh whirl. In my two months of ownership they've fit and functioned seemingly well, though I'm not carrying a pack. The one thing I wish Vasque would quit doing, is commenting in review videos, review responses, product descriptions and elsewhere how they're bringing back the "look." The minute you make it about the look and not the function, folks don't take your boot serious. If you want to market this to hipsters only, then have at it- market it as the "vintage" boot for bearded wimps. If you want to market it seriously, tell folks they were right all along, the Chinese boots were crap, please come back and try again what we screwed up for over a decade but are now trying to get right again. I promise you'll get buy-in from folks who actually use the boot for what they were designed to do- for me that's backpacking and flyfishing the Sierra Nevada. Anyhow, I"m really pleased with these Sundowners, just tired of Vasque marketing the "look" instead of the function. Cheers, Randy

        I am so hesitant to actually believe that the Sundowner is 1/2 the boot I used to hear about. I'm not even sure that they were a great boot back in the day. I remember people raving about Vasque, the sundowner, the eclipse (sundowner only in black), or the skywalk. I bought another pair of Vasque boots to use as a light hiker because I had already bought a good pair of Italian all leather and glove leather lined hiking boots perfect for heavier loads and longer hikes over more difficult terrain. They were an incredible boot for 10 years of hard wear but finally due to sole wear I had to retire them to the pile of weekend yard work boots. Still, 23 years later I have those and they're still a solid boot for occasional wear. The pair of Vasques that I bought back then fell apart in less than a dozen wears. The polyurethane mid sole literally disintegrated. Now I read people talk about how the quality isn't what it was once back in the day. Hmmmm, my experience is that back in the day it wasn't very good, and it sounds like it's worse now. I switched to Scarpa and am pretty happy with them, though they were about twice as expensive as the Vasque Sundowners. Still, I need a light hiker and so many other lite hikers are of really poor quality, poor soles, no support, etc, so may these are worth trying.

        All Around Good Boot.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs small
        • Size Bought: 13
        • Height: 6'4"
        • Weight: 200lbs

        These boots not only look good but they also feel just as good as they look. I usually wear a size 12 in boots but this one felt a little to snug to keep. So after returnimg the size 12 to another store then realizing they didn't have a size 13 I came to backcountey asap! It's not snowing in New York yet, but by the looks of the grip on these soles I'll be more than ready. Traction is not a problem at all. These are so thoroughly insulated that you can expect warm feet all day with an adequate pair of socks. Plus they come with an extra pair of red laces to swap out in case you don't want to use the default burgundy laces. The bottom line? These are superb! Get yourself a pair!

        All Around Good Boot.

        Rain, Sleet, Hail, Snowboot... Greatest!

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: Runs small
        • Size Bought: 13
        • Height: 6'4"
        • Weight: 200lbs

        These boots not only look good but they also feel just as good as they look. I usually wear a size 12 in boots but this one felt a little to snug to keep. So after returnimg the size 12 to another store then realizing they didn't have a size 13 I came to backcountey asap! It's not snowing in New York yet, but by the looks of the grip on these soles I'll be more than ready. Traction is not a problem at all. These are so thoroughly insulated that you can expect warm feet all day with an adequate pair of socks. Plus they come with an extra pair of red laces to swap out in case you don't want to use the default burgundy laces. The bottom line? These are superb! Get yourself a pair!

        Rain, Sleet, Hail, Snowboot... Greatest!

        New Vasque Sundowner GTX

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

        Just got my New Vasque Sundowners GTX in the mail today!! They fit great! They come with two sets of laces (Red and Navy blue). I love the Hawthorne color and vintage look. I haven't worn them on the trail yet but that day isn't to far out. These look great sitting next to my other Sundowners that are over 15yrs old.

        Thanks Vasque for another great boot!

        Wow! They are using the original sole and dropped the padded collar! Very cool.

        I bought my first Sundowners in 1993, and I owned a few pairs consecutively. But, once they outsourced production to China, I couldn't wear them anymore because the leather was so uncomfortable. I hope the "reboot" addresses this issue.

        I'm with ya on that one! Things change and quality always seems to go waaay down the hill when our fave stuff ends up getting outsourced to China! My DH and I both had quality issues with the leather. It seemed stiffer and did not wear near as well!

        Unanswered Question

        This is not a question but a review this boot is made in Vietnam it is cut longer and narrower then just two years ago and it will require breaking it is much stiffer then it was just two years ago

        How is the redesigned model running size-wise? I have a pair of well fitting Italian-made Sundowners in US 12 Mens, but the Chinese made Sundowner I bought in '08ish had to be sized down to 11.

        These are built on the same last as the original so they should fit the same. The China version they went to for the past several years fits different. I have both original Italian Sundowners and new 2015 "re-boot" Sundowners. Fit is true to size for me. Buy the same size.

        Where are they made now?

        John, both the previous answers are wrong- these are made in Vietnam with Red Wing leather. I consider that better than China- Vietnam sews most major brand backpacks. I wish they would bring these back to Europe or U.S. manufacture, but Vietnam may be a close second as compared to China.