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  • Seamless, 2.4mm waterproof Red Wing leather uppers (tanned in the US) wear for years, condition like a dream and shed water reliably
  • Gore-Tex® waterproof breathable membranes with Performance Comfort Technology
  • Molded polyurethane and thermoplastic urethane shank midsoles
  • Rugged rubber outsoles


View all Vasque Women's Backpacking Boots

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Best Use Backpacking
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Waterproof Yes
Upper 2.4mm waterproof rough-out leather
Lining Gore-Tex synthetic
Midsole Polyurethane
Support Thermoplastic urethane shank
Outsole Rubber
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Gender Women's

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 5 by from 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. PROS: -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 CONS: -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 5 out of 5 by from 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
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Are these still made in Italy ?

Asked by: Namche Nomad
Items can be sourced from or assembled in multiple countries. Many vendors produce the same item in multiple locations. Because of this, we are only able to state the item is imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-25
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