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Vasque Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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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.

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

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
3lb 3oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking & camping
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 1

Yikes.......Ouch!!!!!!!!! Painful

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
13w
Height
6` 3"
Weight
195 lbs

I took my recently graduated son on the trip to Montana to celebrate his recent graduation and being valedictorian of his class. I bought two pairs of vasque sundowners but he decided that he would prefer a pair of Timberland boots and so I returned his and kept mine. The first day on our trip to Montana we went on a 6.2 mile hike on the trail called beehive valley which climbs to a bit more than 9000 feet. A few miles into the hike I felt some burning on the back of my heels. I took special care to make sure I was wearing proper hiking socks as well as my son so I was puzzled. He didnt have any issue with his timberlands but I took off my boots at the first chance and noticed I had already some bad blisters forming. It wasn’t long before the back of my heels were in excruciating pain. I didn’t want to ruin our first day of the hike so I kept my mouth shut and didnt mention it to my son. When we got back from the hike I took off my shoes and saw that it was a bloodbath. Hamburger. I’ve added the picture of the back of my heels. I am astonished that there is a clear lack of padding in fact a stitch seen running down the back of the shoe on the inside that’s very abrasive. I had to wear flip-flops for the rest of my five day trip and had to avoid any more hikes which was the whole point of our trip. Crazy that this design flaw could exist after so many iterations knowing that these boots are a “classic” and have been around for a long time. I definitely would not recommend these boots.

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>Rating: 1

Vasque mens boots tan and blue

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
12 mens
Height
5` 11"
Weight
215 lbs

You advertise your boots at one sales price.When I try to order you said sorry I.t mistake.You are supposed to honor the sale your advertising.saying that's cheaper that what you pay for it.You are multi billion dollar company honor your sales don't play stupid waiting for you to honor the price

>Rating: 5

I love them

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9
Height
5` 11"
Weight
180 lbs

I've been buying these boots since 1996 and they have never let me down. They fit like a glove. They last long too, unlike the asolo boots that fall apart after a year

>Rating: 5

On My Second Pair

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

In the summer of 2000, I purchased my first pair of Vasque Sundowner boots to go backpacking in the Wind River Range. After thousands of miles and thousands of smiles, I purchased a new pair. This was in 2016. These are lifelong boots and offer every feature in a backpacking boot that I could want. Fit is spot on with my street shoe size,

>Rating: 3

Vasque Sundowner books

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large

I could not find a size that fit. 44, too small, 45, too large! Also, the quality difference these boots and my old LL Bean Cresta hiking boots is stark. Guess I'm going to have to spend $100 more for the Bean boots, damn.

>Rating: 1

Piece of garbage.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
13
Height
6` 4"
Weight
300 lbs

I had plenty of tread left on a pair I bought in 2013 before they failed me in 2018. I am no kind of hiker or mountaineer but I do spend a great deal of time in the outdoors. The sole split side to side and right through into the footbed and is now useless. The leather was worn but servicable and they boots were still quite comfortable but I cannot walk around with a boot with a split sole. This is what I would expect from cheap chinese crap...oh wait...Go buy some Danner boots made in the USA and skip this cheap Chinese crap. The legend is dead.

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Pretty amazing that the outsole hadn't separated before then. Five years is probably a record for any non-welted boot these days. Must not have been used much though. Outsoles are like car tires; the less you use them, the more likely they are to fail prematurely.

I completely agree. The Sundowner is NO longer the Sundowner. Extremely disappointed. I have used Sundowners since 1992. They are now made in Vietnam and mine broke in the same spot. I have wore out the soles on my old ones, but never broke the sole. They are now crap. Does anyone know where I can get the Italian made Sundowners? I found this site https://www.vasque.com/about-vasque/about-us.html however it is owned by "Redwing" Not sure what is going on??

>Rating: 5

Return of the king

Height
6` 2"
Weight
210 lbs

Been wearing sundowners for more than 20 years. No regrets on these.

>Rating: 5

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!

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>Rating: 5

Classic Boot

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

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

Recently
>Rating: 1

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.

I had my soles split side to side right under the ball of my foot. Never again...got a good pair of Danners.

>Rating: 5

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
175 lbs

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.

>Rating: 5

A classic

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

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.

>Rating: 4

I Dig 'Em - EDIT

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

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.

Edit
>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Treading across Ireland

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

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.

Excellent
>Rating: 5

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
215 lbs

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

Very useful review... I'm still using my '92 Vasque boots, and was unsure about why I could never find the same boot again in case I need to replace the originals. Seems the new boot might be worth the risk. Cheers

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.

>Rating:

Vasque Sundowner GTX Video

>Rating:

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

>Rating:

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 more like the original sundowners you are probably going to want a thirteen and break them in I normally wear a 12 and the 13 looks like it's going to be ok

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.

>Rating:

No Vibram sole?

Mikey, You're correct! They're using the Vasque Pyrenees outsole on this on. Shoot me an email anytime you have questions! Jared D. Expert Gearhead 801.736.4336 jdowns@backcountry.com

>Rating:

Where are they made now?

Hey John, The Sundowner GTX boots are made in China.

The Sundowners are made in China; but, they are made with American tanned Redwing leather.

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.