User Review: Vasque Alpine
Use: Light mountaineering/heavy backpacking
Break-in Period: 100 miles
Weight: 4 lb 6 oz. (my quality scale)
Price Paid: $220
I would have to agree with the above reviews that there is much to recommend in this boot if one wants a boot for heavy backpacking on rough trails. The full length steel shank helps when carrying heavy loads, or to alleviate ball of foot pain. But these boots are comparatively heavy. And, though people's feet are different, the tops of my toes rub up against the fold that extends down to the foot of the tongue. Even after 250 miles of wear, these boots still cause me blisters on top of my toes if I don't take precautions, eg, moleskin use. The second "interior" tongue on these boots only adds to the problem, as the edge runs right along the same fold. This is a design flaw that could be easily remedied with a wider interior tongue.