"Comfortable boots with OK water resistance"
The Good: These boots fit like a pair of slippers right out of the box. I say that in a good way. There is pretty much no break-in required. The soles seem to have sufficient grip here in Pennsylvania where the name of the game is rocks....locks of rocks. The boots do vent pretty well (I can feel a breeze through the mesh as I gallop down the trail). That said, they probably aren't as cool as something without Gore-tex. One other small item worth noting. The laces stay tied. I hate laces that are made of such slippery material that they are untied 5 minutes down the trail. The hooks that secure the top two positions of the laces also hold the laces tight. ( I had no idea I was so passionate about shoe laces)The Bad: The fact that they require no break in leaves me suspect as to whether they will hold up in the long term. Also, the waterproofing is questionable at this time. A brief shower and you're OK. A frog stranger will have you pouring water out of the boot.
I was looking for a stylish yet comfortable boot and this was perfect. It is thermal insulated and it has very strong support. There is really good grip on the bottom if you're looking to hike slippery trails while it provides a waterproof lining. Very good buy! They'll last forever.
"Great, versatile boot (adaptable for a range of foot types)"
I purchased this boot for a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and they performed valiantly. The fit is generous in the toes, however the boot features a defined heel cup. I appreciated this on the many downhills as my foot stayed locked in place and also on the many long flats where my toes could spread out to better absorb the impact. This also helped me to avoid maceration. The liner didn't leak and the boot was fairly breathable. I found the out sole provided sufficient grip in most conditions and the mid kept my feet fresh, supported and pain free. One of my favorite features was the lacing system as it allowed for the use of the heel lock technique and also really enabled full control of the boots fit. I have found on other mid height, lighter weight boots that the lacing on the upper especially doesn't allow for full tightening and your foot slips more, even if the boot is properly sized. My only concern was the rubber toe rand as this seemed to come lose after some hik
"Overall quality product. Lasted hundreds of trail miles and extremly comfortable!"
I bought these boots because of their Gore-Tex technology, and they fit comfortably the first time. They held out through the toughest conditions. The only problem I had from my particular pair is that my feet got wet. Snow, rivers, and streams were more than these boots could handle, but they held true through rain. I reccomend these to anyone who wants comfort and stability, just don't walk through water!
This is one of the most comfortable boots I've ever used. Been buying a pair every summer for years. I wish they were made of better quality they get trashed pretty easily. If you stick to nice dirt trails they might last you more then a year.
I've had these boots for about a year and half now and have taken them everywhere with me: C.O. (Devil's Head lookout, Red Rocks, downtown Denver) A.K. (Exit Glacier, around Homer & Seward) S.D. (Great Bear rec. area) and M.N. (Afton state park) & have loved them. The dual density foam used in these means that there is little to no break in period and they're are ready to hit the trail from day one. The updates from the previous model like the enlarged rubber toe cap, & metal lace hooks are definitely a plus & will hopefully make these boots last. One word of caution is that the arc tempo last Vasque uses for these is definitely built for a high arch & tends to feel narrow, especially in the fore-foot. Also, I've seen a lot of reviews saying that the boots aren't completely waterproof and I think I know what's happening. If you fully submerse the boot, water collects in the mesh areas & causes cold spots. I've experienced this but after pulling my foot out it was dry other than sweat.
I love these boots. I have gone on several long trips with these and they hold up great. They use a Gore-tex membrane and I have had no issues with leaking. Waterproof boots really are essential for backpacking. These boots will keep your feet dry when crossing streams and walking through mud, rain, etc. They are pretty heavy duty too and very comfortable. Make sure you break them in first before taking them on a trip! I had some blisters for the first few uses, but that is normal with breaking in any hiking boot.
"Perfect for Warm Weather Hiking/Backpacking"
These boots are perfect for what I needed them for; warm weather backpacking/hiking. - These boots are very breathable with side vents and vented tongue. Keeps my feet dry in warm conditions.- Gore-tex waterproof liner is great for keeping out light rain, mist, etc. Won't keep you 100% dry if you walk through a stream but does a respectable job.- Great ankle support and very comfortable. Wore these on a 25 mile hike in the channel islands. My feet didn't start to hurt until after hiking 10 straight miles with a heavy pack (could be contributed to break in?)Overall, these are perfect boots for my needs. I was deciding between these and the Merrell Ventilator and I choose these for comfort and looks for roughly the same price.
Recently used this boot climbing the Blue Hill North Skyline trail. No problems, blisters or complaints. True to size and well made. Biggest test was climbing down the rocky mountain trails and it was great. No toe bruises or slips. I am training for the Seek the Peak event (Climbing Mt. Washington Summit) in July. This boot will make the difference. Highly recommend this boot.