User Review: Vasque Alpine
Use: Rough trail w/heavy pack and mountaineering
Break-in Period: Between 50 and 100 miles depending on foot.
Weight: Around 2lbs.
Price Paid: $264
Excellet boots. I am very pleased. However, they do require a break-in period (but don't give up they are worth it). I climbed Long's Peak in Colorado this summer and felt surefooted even when I was hoping, skipping, and jumping around in the boulderfield. I don't think twisting an ankle in these boots is possible.
The gore-tex works great and with gaiters I feel that I could wade across the Mississippi River without my feet getting wet. However, the leather on the toes show some wear and may be a possibility of a blowout later down the road, maybe boot companies will come out with carbon fiber toed boots (steel toed would be too heavy), its just an idea.
I love the boots and if you can survive the initial heart-attack after looking at the price, they are worth it. My wonderful and beautiful girlfriend helped me out and made it possible for me to be able to afford these boots. For an all pourpose extended backpacking/mountaineering boot this is it. However, don't just run out and buy them, check some other boots out first, maybe another company produces boots which will better fit your feet, I don't know. I heard the LaSportiva Makalus were good as well as the One Sport Morains. I bet you will come back to the Alpines though.