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  • Traditional all-leather uppers combine with GORE-TEX® waterproof liners that let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements
  • Midsoles incorporate soft EVA footbeds; footbeds and midsoles absorb shock and provide all-day cushioning
  • Thermoplastic urethane shanks offer solid support and protect your feet from sharp rocks on rugged trails
  • Vasque St. Elias GTX hiking boots for men have lugged Vibram® rubber outsoles that supply stability and traction on rugged terrain


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Best Use Backpacking
Footwear Height Over-the-ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Waterproof Yes
Upper Leather
Lining GORE-TEX waterproof breathable membrane
Midsole EVA
Support Thermoplastic urethane shank
Outsole Rubber
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 3 lbs. 1 oz.
Gender Men's

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged Boot My Favorite Ok, so I don't write many reviews at all but have to talk bout this boot. I bought these boots in mid March to give plenty of break-in time before hitting the Red River Gorge in KY. I wore these every day to work, short hikes in local park, mowing the yard I mean every day. I DID have the laces start to fail by fraying within about a month, I changed the laces over to Paracord and Have had no issues. I am back from my hiking trip and these things did AWESOME. Feet stayed dry, plenty of support for me with my pack (28 lbs. with water & food) I felt very stable and comfy the entire trip (35 miles). We had a day of rain which meant 2 days of mud and couldn't be happier with these.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most comfortable boots I've ever owned Let me first say that I wear these boots every day, and have easily put 1000 miles on them. They feel just as comfortable working outside all day as they do on the trail with a 40LB pack on. They were easy to break in, but were still comfortable during the process. The waterproofing is outstanding! Even trudging around in snow all day they still stay dry. Good traction, and great support. My only complaint is that the laces that come on the boots are terrible! Thin and broke very easily. I swapped them out for longer waterproof laces. I can now wrap them around my ankles for a little added support. Problem solved! These really are great boots. When mine finally kick the bucket, I'll be getting another pair
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feet felt fine after 14 miles of the AT I bought these Vasque boots recently and I'm really happy with them. Perhaps my standards are low, for the last 10 years I went hiking with steel toed work boots. I decided to stop being so cheap and by some decent hiking boots. I was concerned when I got the boots that they were a little too tight on my pinky toes. But with some nice merino wool hiking socks my feet felt just fine after 14 miles of the Appalachian Trail over Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts with 4,000 feet of elevation change. No blisters or any rubbing on my feet. Large sections of the trail were just mud or swamp but my feet stayed dry.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sizing issue bought a pair and sizing is off. Normally buy the model 7166 ( which has been discontinued)at an 8 wide and always fit perfectly with enough room for thick socks and a liner(insole) with more cushing. Bought 8 wide in the st elias and its liner went flat as paper in first 25 miles of a 10 day 132 mile backpacking hike. There was no room for a differnt insole ( liner). Plus the angle from the toe to outside of boot is narrow. Toes took a real beating. Exchanged them for a different boot. The shoelaces broke at 57 miles. Changed to para cord. When exchanging them had to go to 9 wide to have enough room. The boot did great on water crossings and rain. Construction was great also.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome boots....until I bought these for a trip to Isle Royal and LOVED them. I perfectly broke them in and they were waterproof and comfortable. They do run thin and I have weird feet so the wide version was perfect as I often struggle to find boots that fit properly. They were sllippery on wet rocks but nothing too bad. Today with only about 70 miles on them while lacing them one of the eyelets broke off the leather. Very disappointing as I was hoping to have these boots for years to comes. I have no doubt as they are less than a year old REI will replace them but I am now thinking twice. I have several other pairs of vasque products and I am hoping this is a one off.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like them These are good boots, I do allot of backpacking and these have been holding up really well. I love leather boots because they just last so much longer than anything else and if you know how to care for them they will last for a long time. The only problem I've had with them is they are very narrow for my foot, I have their wide size and they were still too narrow to fit two pairs of socks in. I ended up being able to stretch the leather which thankfully you can do with leather and now they fit really well, but it took a long to do...but I still really like them.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light weight and leather is a plus, so very narrow I've got fairly narrow feet, so figured these boots would be perfect for what I was looking for, an all leather upper in a light weight boot that I can use for scrambles and weekend hikes. These didn't work out for me, as they were just too narrow. I wore them on a few hikes, hoping they would stretch enough and it just didn't work out. My bad, I ended up giving them away. The boot offers a lot, so if you can work with the narrow, they may be great for you. My recommendation would be to wear them around the store for a bit, and realize they aren't going to stretch much.
Date published: 2014-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these boots I've got a narrow foot, and after years of searching for and buying almost fits (everything comes in a wide but seldom a narrow) I came across these. Have had them 2 1/2 years and love them. Were them for work, hiking in the Rockies and for casual. The fit is great and they are comfortable. Except the soles, they show little wear and the stitching and seams are still strong, They cradle my foot and hold the arch. My feet don't ache after a 5-10 mile trek like they used to (no matter the terrain). The only thing I don't like - this boot comes in the Slate Brn/Belug and the Bungee Cord/Neutral, but only the slate comes in the Narrow width. I'm buying a second pair.
Date published: 2017-01-22
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where are these boots made?

Asked by: mem
According to the tag in the boots, Vietnam.
Answered by: RickH
Date published: 2017-04-30

Are these boots good to go as-is, or do could a person really use some better footbeds like Superfeet?

Asked by: Paddler/Poet
Many people find that Superfeet and other comparable insoles provide better support and comfort than stock insoles. Because everybody's feet are unique, we are unable to provide guidance that works for everybody. Some folks may find that in general, they prefer stock insoles to aftermarket insoles. So if you usually find that Superfeet enhance your comfort, we suggest you use Superfeet in these. As a side note, we don't recommend the Superfeet Blue Premium Insoles for these boots because they may compromise the Gore-Tex lining. Please check out the following REI Expert Advice article regarding insoles:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

I want to be sure about the size before I order... is it the same size like timberland? I have a pair of timberland boots and the size is 8.5M. A pair of Vasque St. Elias GTX 8.5M would fit my food?

Asked by: koullis
The St. Elias GTX Hiking Boots are sold in US sizes and medium and wide widths. If you were to select a size 8.5, you will receive and 8.5M.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-05

My St.Elias GTX Backpacking boots produced blisters across the shins of both my legs in 3 days of hiking Acadia National Park. I love the way the boots fit, the excellent support I get and their light weight. What's the fix?

Asked by: bofry
Sometimes a simple change in socks or lacing method can alleviate this type of issue. However, it is impossible to determine the cause or solution to your blisters without a physical inspection. In order to receive the best hands-on assistance please locate your nearest REI using the following link:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-04

Hello, interested in these boots however my heal is quite narrow and blistering is always an issue. How do these particular boots fit in the heal area and does the insole provide much cushioning for the return down hill pounding (BC Rockies).

Asked by: bizzeerog
The St. Elias GTX Hiking Boots fit true to size and do not run narrow in the heel. The boots do provide quite a bit of cushioning and absorb shock while hiking.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-22

Do these boots have arch supports and if so are they removable?

Asked by: Nuther Hiker
The St. Elias GTX Hiking do have moderate arch support. The insoles in the boots are removable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-22

My boots are 4 yrs old and the soles are getting worn out. Since these have Vibram soles, can they be resoled at a shoe repair shop? Except for the rubber scuff guards at the toes coming loose, the uppers are still good for a few more years.

Asked by: mike c
Unfortunately, this information is not available. We recommend contacting Dave Page for information on resoling boots.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-04

I have a Very Narrow(A), low total volume foot size Euro44 mostly.  am trying out vasque cold spark boots at recommendation of staff at Ann Arbor store.  Size/narrowness comparable between 2 products?  Thank you, deciding between these and Lowa boots

Asked by: Knightwanderer
​These boots and the Vasque Coldsparks have a very similar foot bed in terms of width and length.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-29
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