User Review: Vasque Apex
Use: Heavy Backpacking/mountaineering
Break-in Period: Eternal
Price Paid: $210
I got the Apex because I wanted a heavy duty boot for backpacking and mountaineering. They accept step-in crampons and I had an OK experience with some Vasque Newbriers. These boots have pros and cons.
Pros - They are tough and provide good support. I have never had a problem with the external construction.
Cons - I have had them for 18 months and they still give me blisters. The inside of the heal is now wearing out and there is no indication that they getting close to being broken in.
My experience with these boots - I spent $200 on the boots and I will spend that much or more on moleskin. I re-apply moleskin every 2 hours. Other people in camp refer to me as "the guy with no heels".
Mountaineering IS the art of suffering if you wear these boots.