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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Daughter LOVES these My daughter chose these boots shortly before we took her for a trek on the Machu Picchu Inca Trail. "Breaking in" consisted of wearing the boots for a few hours two or three days before we left. This was not a problem as she was so super comfortable in the boots, throughout the entire hike, she had no issues at all. She chose the St. Elias because of the higher ankle support, versus the Vasque Talus WP that I bought and also found to be super comfortable. The Talus has good ankle support as long as the laces are properly tight, but she has weaker ankles than I do and tested both out. She decided the St. Elias were better for her.
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these boots I've had these boots for 4 years and plan on enjoying them for many more years. They are great for hiking and backpacking trips and my feet have always stayed blister free and dry. When the day comes I need to replace them, I hope to buy the same ones. My feet are average width; I never buy wide or narrow, and these have done well for me. I am rather flat-footed. My toes are even (I don't have a longer second toe). I say that in the event it's helpful in comparison because the toe box works well for me. I had to replace the laces after a year, but I'm so happy with the comfort and that's so minor, still a five star rating from me.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rugged boot, better fit for a narrow foot Based on previous reviews, I sized up AND bought a wide width. I typically buy a size up for running shoes and hiking boots to allow more room in the toe box, but I don't often require a wide width when doing so. With these boots, even the Wide wasn't enough to accomodate my feet. They felt very comfortable walking around inside and up a hill, but when I wore them on an 8 mile hike to break them in, they broke me instead. The narrow design of the boot combined with the lack of heel-toe drop put a lot of strain on the top of my foot and I am still recovering 2 weeks later. On the positive side, I'm glad I bought these from REI so that I could return them!
Date published: 2016-08-03
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 2 out of 5 by from Major comfort issues I am a longtime owner of Vasque Breeze boots, and decided to try a more durable Vasque boot in the St. Elias. I broke these in and then took these on an 8-day, 120 kilometers hike and stopped wearing them after several days and put on the only other thing I had: sneakers. I literally could not walk in these boots. My feet, which are narrow to normal, were painfully sore, and had two blisters in each foot. They generally never fit right, even though the size is correct. I tried them again on a subsequent, shorter trip and and the pain returned. More minor, but worth noting the laces don't hold firmly, and the tongue also rubbed against my high ankle. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vasque is always awesome I've always loved Vasque, and these boots are as great as I'd expect them to be. They are a medium weight boot, so there's very little break in needed and they are good for most any type of hike. I backpack and have 37 pounds on my back, these boots are great for that, as well as day hikes in the heat. The only draw back is that I have very wide feet. But REI streches my boots for free and makes that an easy fix.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All the best brands packed into one boot I bought these boots 3 months ahead of planning for a trip to hike a 5 day trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. I have had the boots for about a month now and been trying to break them in. I actually went for a 5 mile hike today and my feet are blistered pretty bad. I do like the support and traction I had hiking today going up hill and down hill. It was easy to climb down and up with the grip these boots provide. I've had a chance to wear these boots in the rain and they are water proof so thats good. I first debated on getting the ankle support but now I am really glad I did due to when hiking for long periods of time you do want that support so no sprain ankles are in your worries. I really do like these boots, I am just having a painful time breaking them in. I will have to update my review once I hike my Peru adventure.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like many others already said: The Laces! I bought these after trying them on at an EMS. I love them, they're comfortable, have a good tread, good support, thick sole without being too rigid - you can still get a feel for your footing, and they're definitely water proof. I've worn them backpacking, canoeing and snowshoeing. I've had them for 2.5 years and I've worn them on a few multi day trips a year. My first trip out this year the lace wrap shredded down to the inner cord which luckily held. But how annoying. I really hope I don't start going through laces like water. Get better lace hooks!!!!
Date published: 2017-06-22
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Questions & Answers

I have these boots and have bunions. It is very painful to wear them. I have sized up and wear med weight smart wool socks. I did not get the wide size. Is there something I can do to make the ones I have more comfortable or should I get wide?

Asked by: Noelle
I have awful bunions on both feet and just took these boots up the DeCaLiBron loop in Colorado and I did not have one blister or hot spot on my feet. That was without breaking them in and hiking close to 10 miles car to car to four 14er peaks. I usually wear a 6/6.5 shoe and bought these in 7.5 wide. They were awesome! I would definitely recommend exchanging for wide.
Answered by: Samantha
Date published: 2018-02-13

I have an old pair of Vasque Alpha GTX. Their sole is too flexible for my feet now as you can bend the toe too easily. How stiff of sole is the St. Elias boot?

Asked by: BarbarafromIowa
The sole of the St. Elias is very stiff and sturdy.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-25

I was just about to purchase these (size 8 wide) with my coupon, but I noticed people saying that even the wides run narrow. Is that true for everyone? Can they be stretched out as some people have mentioned?

Asked by: hollyhiker
​Some have reported that the wide size runs narrower than a traditional wide boot. The leather may become more flexible as you break the shoe in, but you will not be able to stretch the boot significantly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-07

Are the Vasque St. Elias gtx comparable with crampons ?  

Asked by: Socalhiker58
The St. Elias GTX Hiking Boots will fit strap-on crampons, however, we do not recommend using crampons with rigid link bars on non-mountaineering boots.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-24

I am heading to do the Inca Trail (4 day hike trip) and have been advised to bring light hiking boots. In your opinion will these booths be too heavy?

Asked by: Hiking Novice
We do not believe the St. Elias GTX Hiking Boots will be too heavy for your trip. They are not the lightest boots on the market but they will provide great support due to the thermoplastic urethane shank.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Are these boots 100% waterproof? Or has the leather been treated to be waterproof?

Asked by: British Colombia Backpacker
The St. Elias boots are 100% waterproof. The boots are equipped with a Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane to keep water out.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

I love this boots.I wore it to a 14 mi. hike to clouds rest and a 15 mi. hike to half dome.My only problem is over the ankle&tongue areas. it's painful after just a mile hike &gives me redness no matter how I tie them up. any suggestions on how to fix it?

Asked by: Chuchie
​We recommend to try and not lace up your boots very tight or to try a window lace, which is displayed on the link below.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-01

I recently bought these and I am finding that they are pinching my pinky toes. I am uncertain as to whether they will stretch out. My pinky toes were quite red after a half-day hike. Will they stretch? Or, should I return and try for a wide?

Asked by: ginertx
There are a number of reasons why you might have sore toes after a day hike. The first thing to check is that you are wearing proper hiking socks with at least a medium cushion. You should also make sure you are using proper lacing technique to ensure your heel stays firmly seated in the heel cup of the boot and your toes don't slide forward and jam the front of the boot. We suggest looking up hiking boot lacing technique tutorials. Finally, if you still find the boots are causing pressure points and soreness, then you may want to try a different width or size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-11
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