Rated 2 out of
Indestructible, but terrible blistering
These boots are a stylish design, easy to clean, removable insoles, waterproof, and best of all... SO STURDY. I've been hiking in Southern Utah, which requires a lot of climbing across slick rock and uneven surfaces, and with these boots, I feel almost no fear of slipping or falling. It's almost like these shoes are a suction cup between my foot and the rocks. I've had no problem crossing streams, hiking narrow slot canyons, climbing up steep, slick surfaces.
Unfortunately, I've put about 75 miles on them, and they still aren't broken in. My heels blister and rubs raw after every single hike. I took them to REI to have the fit assessed; it's a correct fit. They recommended wool hiking socks to reduce heat/sweating, and a better insole. I purchased both, and while they did help somewhat, this weekend I concluded a ~6 mile hike with 1500' elevation gain in tears. My heels were rubbed raw, even when using second skin as a buffer.
I'm giving up on these boots. I've seen no improvement in the "breaking in" phase, and am hesitant to continue trying.
Bonus tip: Google how to measure your shoe size is you are unsure about regular vs wide. I had a feeling my feet would be wide, and after measuring, I shelled out the extra bucks for the wide toe box. Definitely worth it.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of
Great boots - AFTER hefty break-in period
I bought these boots about a month ago before moving out to Denali National Park in Alaska for the summer. Although I was warned from the get-go by the sales associate in the store while I was trying these on that it would take "a while" to break them in, due to their more classic style and completely stiff soles, I decided to take a chance and try them out regardless. I was tired of going through hiking boots every six months, and wanted something to last me years.
-Love, love, love the style of the older-looking boot.
-Absolutely waterproof (I tested these out on the Stampede Trail, which is basically a 40-mile hike through a marsh to get to the Magic Bus that Chris Candless lived in. Into the Wild, anyone?)
-Great ankle support, going up or down sketchy trails
-Amazing tread! Felt comfortable on slick rock near rivers, skree fields alongside glaciers, and even on snow.
-Nice and toasty, even for prolonged periods in below-freezing conditions
-Made with extremely durable, long-lasting materials and good quality with sealing the sole of the shoe
-After a month and over 100 miles on them, I'm...still...breaking them in. Around 9 miles, no matter what socks I wear, the heel begins to rub and inevitably blister, along with my pinky toe and bottom of my big toe. Suspecting that this is due to the overall shape of the boot and the incredibly stiff leather/goretex that they're made out of.
-The boots themselves come with really flimsy insoles, which basically need to be switched out with better ones that have real arch support in-store when you buy them.
-Easily scuffed (I don't really care about this one. Boots are meant to be worn, which means that they will look worn!)
-Feet tend to overheat and sweat in even slightly warm weather because of the materials used
-VERY heavy for hiking boots. Again, classic design.
-Feels a bit clunky at first
Overall, I think that these boots will take pretty much the entire 4 months that I'm here to break in, maybe even longer. But I will absolutely take these with me when I deploy to Antarctica in August, because I'm confident that these will work well on the snow. I hope these last me for years to come!
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 3 out of
Soles cracked too soon
My first pair, made in Italy, lasted 13 years. This pair, made in China, 8 years old, now leak water thru soles cracked horizontally at the ball of the foot. I do short weekend hikes mostly on dirt trails and occasionally on rocky trails. I am now 71 and I thought this pair would be my last. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2015-12-11
Rated 1 out of
Bait and switch
I bought these boots based on a recommendation from a friend that had an older pair, and loved them. I was not aware of the history of the manufacture location and the associated changes. I thought I was getting great hiking boots, but instead I got an extremely uncomfortable boot that I can't break in, and would not think of wearing hiking. I have had these boots for a while and thought the problem was my feet. I kept them because of their reputation, hoping one day they would get better.
I was looking for new hiking boots this morning, and found some reviews with similar situations to mine, and I realized it was not my feet that is causing the issue. When vasque cheapened the boot they should have changed the name not the 3 letter code that no one pays attention to. Vasqe will not be included in my search for new boots.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of
Vasque is the best
I had an old (almost ancient) pair of vasque boots that had a sole separation failure, both at the same time. The tread and the leathers were still in great shape. They replaced them with the new Sundowner GTX. I am working on getting them broken in now. What great customer service and I like the way they stand behind their product and name!
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of
Awesome! Mine are 20 years old! Honestly will last a lifetime.
I purchased these boots in 1996, 20 years ago! I was in my 20s then. It's true. These boots are nothing short of amazing. They are still going strong today even w/ the original laces. They've seen from east coast to west coast, from Acadia National in ME to the Redwoods in CA and up into British Columbia salmon fishing. They've lasted through streams, several day outback backpacking trip, and simple day hikes. My husband also has these boots and his are older than mine and still in great shape, I'd say perfect shape really and he is much rougher than I. You will never purchase another boot in your lifetime. I don't back many products but these boots are #1 of 4 products that I'll put my name on. Such great quality - the best product, quality, fit, comfort, entire package I've ever seen - thanks Vasque, truly great. Sorry I can't upload photos - I'm not a cell phoner and don't want to dig through SD cards. They are incredible though. Don't worry about walking through water and muck either as your feet will remain dry. I've never once in 20 years ever had any problem w/ my Vasque hikers. Love them! Even developing flat feet and plantars fasciitis recently hasn't shelved my Vasques as I can comfortably wear them w/ just hiking socks. All my other shoes have to be replaced w/ ugly orthos or inserts.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of
I can't say enough about these boots, they were comfy right out of the box, no break in time people! It was insane! Got these to hike Moab, UT and Arches National Park and they didn't fail! They are sturdy and handle the rocks amazingly. I love that they still look like vintage boots and also come with red laces. Take it from someone who attempted to break in TWO pairs of fancy Danner boots, these are the best hiking boots on the market! I typically wear size 9-10 and landed on a 10 with these.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of
Best Hiking boots
I purchased my Vasque boots about 23 years ago (yikes!) and they are still the best hiking boots I've ever owned. I've hiked around the big island in Hawaii, walking over super rough terrain (dried volcanic rock), hiked Mount Whitney and several other 3-5 day hikes with a backpack in these boots. I've even hike in snow (a foot deep) with gaiters and my feet were always dry. These boots have always been so dependable and reliable for me that for all my hiking gear I used to own, it is the one item I never have to worry about.
When I purchased these boots, I had a wonderful sales person who outfitted me with awesome socks and insoles to prevent the arch of my feet from collapsing. To date, I always wear thick socks (Thorlos) with the thick heel cushioning. I buy my boots 1/2 size bigger and use Superfeet with it. I don't remember ever getting blisters from them even when they were new.
My only complain is that after a long hike, it is a huge relief to remove the boots as they are stiff and heavy - more so to me as I have fairly weak ankles. So the stiffness actually helps support my ankles and prevent sprains on my long uneven hikes. If they weighed less, they would be perfect!
My boots are now over 20 years old, and I can't say they are softer or broken in. They are still stiff and heavy :-) I am a mom now and I haven't done those types of hikes in over 15 years. I still wear them when we go to the snow (with gaiters) or occasionally when I do day hikes at Yosemite. These boots are not comfortable like a pair of running shoes, but I know I can walk miles in them and not have to worry about wet and cold feet, blisters or them falling apart.
In short, here is a summary of how I will buy them:
1. Get them 1/2 size bigger
2. Invest in a few pairs of good socks. Thick socks with heel cushioning that goes all the way up the heel. I have 3-4 pairs of Thorlos that have lasted me through over 20 years and they still look good (only worn them 1-2x a year the past 15 years). Elastic still in good condition. The ones I own are the KXW Women's Hiking socks. No ankle socks! Scrunch them down so they look cuter (for the women), but make sure the socks are between your heel and the boot!
3. Superfeet - Give me good arch support and doesn't tire out my feet as much.
Date published: 2017-04-18