User Review: Vasque Alpine
Materials: 2.8mm Nubuck Leather With Gore-tex Stormsock
Use: Heavy Backpacking / Light Mountaineering
Break-in Period: Eternity
Weight: Very heavy (4 lbs)
Price Paid: $200
These are very nice boots and extremely waterproof. The Vibram sole refuses to slip even on the steepest and slickest rocks. There is no way to twist your ankle in these.
While that is all good, they still destroy my heels whenever I hike over 2 miles (uphill especially). I have had them for four years so they should be broken in by now. I have tried many different sock combinations with no luck. I even tried slapping on tons of moleskin, but the boots just ate right through.
On a recent trip to Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington they rubbed all the skin off my heels. The hike up was completely misserable. It ruined the entire trip for me as I could not ski the next day (I could hardly put on my running shoes).
I don't know whether it is my large foot (size 13), narrow foot (B-C width), or narrow heel but these boots just suck. I keep hoping that they will work out for me as they are the most waterproof and stable boots I have owned. I think it's time to call it quits.