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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Move production Back to Italy. The vintage sundowners made in Italy were the best hiking boots of all time. Once production went to China, they never felt the same again. I've tried two pair of the Chinese sundowners over the years, and now I look for used Italian sundowners on eBay. Vasquez, why not take production back to Italy? Even if the boots end up costing twice as much, it would be better to spend more up front for quality than to have to keep replacing cheaply built boots. Your customers know the difference.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The New (2015) Sundowners Rock! I've been waiting and watching to see when the quality of Vasque boots would finally be back. Well, they're back folks! I used to own what was called "waffle stompers" back in the 80's. They were serviceable, utilitarian at best, but I always wanted a pair of Vasque Sundowners and was envious of my friends who were lucky enough to have them. Well, today I am an active outdoorsman, hike casually and regularly ride a motorcycle, all of which I plan to use the boots for. To speak about the quality of the leather, the soles, the form and fit, I simply can't say enough. These boots are high quality and I look forward to years of using them. If you're like me and have been waiting for the return of the infamous Sundowner, rest assured they're back!
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DISSAPOINTED The first pair I purchased 13 years ago were fantastic, however the recently purchased pair are horrible.. Not sure if I got a bad batch if that's even possible but im disappointed....
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not like the old ones Very stiff leather. Runs about a half size small and are very narrow. Despite what they say these are nothing like the old ones made in Italy.
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fourth pair of Sundowners! Horray! Got a pair of Sundowners from my wife for Xmas. This will be my fourth pair. Been everywhere from Big Bend NP to Russia, and hold up great. I'm VERY happy you went back to the original style and construction, glad you are using the Red Wing leather, and have gone back to the original higher heel, and the sole with the heel ramp as opposed to the Chinese built model with the flat sole and the shorter Achilles tendon area with that awful skimpy leather. I'm attaching a picture of my beautiful new sundowners, and the pair they are replacing. They lasted for about five years, but you can see the leather around the ankle and tongue just plain wore through, I definitely prefer the return to the original design. However the new boots look just like the Italian made ones I remember fondly! I'm sure they will be great on the trail. Cheers and Happy Holidays.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nearly impossible to break in I want to love these boots; I've heard nothing but good things about them, and I spent a lot of money for them. I've had these boots for three weeks, and have worn them every day. I am just now finally at the point where the pain isn't so bad I have to take them off. They have scraped and bruised my left ankle and the tops of both ankles so bad I'm at my wits end. I bought the Hawthorne leather, and it looks and feels like saddle leather. They creak and moan when I walk, and I despair that I will ever actually be able to hike in these boots. Maybe I just got a pair from a defective batch, but buying these Sundowners is one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Report After 14 Months of Wear I bought a pair of Sundowners back in May of last year. I've worn them probably 200+ times in the 14 months since then, as I usually put them on for my daily 45-minute hike. I walk on woods roads, including steep hills, and sometimes on granite on nearby mountain trails. I also wore the boots to town during winter when it was snowy or slushy. From the beginning, the boots broke in nicely (took about two weeks). They're still waterproof, and the sole offers excellent traction. I am completely sold on these excellent boots. I think they're way nicer looking than the nylon/leather hiking shoes that are so common these days. Good classic boots that weigh a reasonable amount and give my feet good support. I have no reservations in rating them with 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rejoice everyone! Vasque has finally heard us! I have been wearing Vasque boots since I mowed grass all summer long to buy a pair of Montanas back in 1983. I bought my first Sundowners in 1992 and they lasted 15 glorious years. My last pair of Sundowners was bought about 4 years ago and it was my first experience with the Chinese boot. I was very saddly dissapointed with the fit and feel of them. I didn't wear them long enough to experience any of the quality issues most complain about as they just weren't comfortable. I then got a pair of Clarion GTX's They were completely differen't from the Clarions I had in the 90's but have nontheless been a good and comforable boot. When I found out about the Fall 2015 "Re-Boot" of the Sundowner I IMEDIATELY bought a pair. After 6 weeks of everyday wear the are breaking in nicely! AAAAAHHHH!!! My old friends are back! Although they are constructed in Vietnam, the leather is good ole' American Red Wing, and it shows! Thank you so much Vasque! I am THRILLED with the new Sundowners! The leather on these seems thicker and sturdier than I remember in the Italian models but as these are breaking in I think this is a good thing. The soles are the exact same pattern as my first pair (1992 models) with the grippy rolled heel that dissapeared in the mid 90's but they seem a bit "luggier" than I remember but not heavier so this isn't a bad thing. The color is different though. They were quite famous for the "cordovan red" leather hue but the new ones are called "Red Oak" it's more of a reddish brown but honestly a more contemporary look. So far I'm thinking Vasque has hit a home run that will, with a little time, put them back in their rightful spot as the best boot on the trail. Even though the trend has been toward lighter and faster, those of us who know that the most important piece of gear you have is what is on your feet realize that some things just can't be skimped on and now that the most beloved boot ever is once again available, there is just no reason to spend $100-150 every year or so on lug soled running shoes. Add SuperFeet inserts and you just may never take them off!
Date published: 2015-10-04
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Questions & Answers

Are the Hawthorne Sundowners nubuck? Do they require special care? If so, what?

Asked by: A Ram
You can clean them with standard leather cleaner products, really all you need though is something like snow seal and a good boot brush.
Answered by: InTheField
Date published: 2016-11-17

Where are these manufactured?

Asked by: vgw
Items can be sourced from multiple countries and the country of origin can change. Because of this, we are only able to state the Sundowner GTX Hiking Boots are imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-28

How can I order these in wide width? The only options that I see are for the standard sizes, but Vasque does make them in a wide as well.

Asked by: torpedofish
We only carry the standard men's "D" width. We will not be carrying the wider width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-15

Are these boots crampon compatible (i.e., Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons with ABS Plates), or is the midsole and support too flexible?

Asked by: Acesandeights
These boots are not compatible with the Contact Strap crampons. The midsole is too flexible. The Hillsound Trail Crampons are an option.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-14

Why would the soles abruptly come off my boots?  As if the adhesive just melted.  

Asked by: Bennie46
If you are experiencing issues with your soles, we recommend contacting Dave Page, Cobbler for more information and about repair:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-23

Do these boots fit true to size?

Asked by: J Rock
The Sundowner GTX Hiking Boots are true to size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-20

Just bought these, and my ankle/achilles tendon aches terribly, even with the laces extremely loose and not tied around the top hooks. This was on the first wear, after about 2 hours. Will this break in, or am I not meant for this boot?

Asked by: kennetha
​These boots will break in somewhat. Based on your description, these boots may not be the fit for you.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-02
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