User Review: Vasque Alpine
Materials: 2.8mm Nubuck leather with Gor-tex liner
Use: Heavy backpack / light mountaineering
Break-in Period: Ongoing
Weight: 4 lb. +
Price Paid: $200
The soles on these boots offer great traction. However, they do have an extremely non-flexible full steel shank that results in some tricky crossings over logs and other narrow ridges.
The boots are extremely waterproof, though. I can vouch that absolutely no foot perspiration ever escapes the boot!
I've had these boots for over two years and have more than 200 miles on them. They STILL grind up my heels in no time at all. Dual socks, polypro and moleskin don't stand a chance with this boot. And they show no signs of breaking in yet.
I've given up on them. It's just too risky to have my feet torn up in the backcountry.