User Review: Vasque Alpine (2000)
Use: heavy pack & moderate mountaineering
Break-in Period: on the trail after 1 week inside at work
Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz
Price Paid: $255
OK! Bear in mind I've only been outside with these once but I'm extremely pleased! I'm a die-hard vasque fan and this clinches it. After a very short break in, I took them on a very diverse trip in Rocky Mtn Natl Park.
The trip in was approx. 4 miles with a heavy pack (2 ropes + tools and the usual). the last mile was off-trail and rough. All comfort, no distress. I used step-in crampons for 3 pitches of mixed snow and ice at about a 50 degree angle. Calves got sore but that's not the boot's fault.
The only minor problem I encountered was after the last pitch where I had some extremely contorted french technique going on, and then 4.5 miles back down to the trailhead, I got one very minor blister on my right pinkie toe. My right foot is a little wider than the left, and this toe tends to get it in all my shoes.
Feet stayed warm and dry the entire time. No pain the next day. I had no sole-bruising despite conditions that would warrant it, and tumbled around on the way down without twisting my ankles at all.
I don't yet know how they'll be in winter conditions, but yesterday was great. I'll recommend them!