Materials: Nubuk leather, gore tex, vibram sole
Use: rocky steep terrain with heavy pack
Break-in Period: 10 miles
Weight: less than 3 pounds
Price Paid: $69
Straight out of the box I wore these boots elk hunting for a week! Not one blister. Heavy packs, lots of vertical ups and downs, steep terrain. I continued to use them throughout this past year and easily put them through 150 miles of rugged mountainous terrain. These boots never failed and were pretty comfortable throughout. Even in wet snow and steady rain... my feet were dry.
Be aware that these boots are not day hikers. The boot actually feels a bit like a mountaineering boot. Exceptional ankle support. Very stiff soles with little flex. This does make them excellent in rocky steeps. Vibram soles wear like iron. Pretty light boot for what they are. These are for sure my go to boots for 3 seasons in the mountains.
The only complaint that I have is that the toe box is a little narrow. Because of this I have to wear very thin socks.
Overall I am very happy with these boots and consider them a good heavy duty hiker/light mountaineering boot.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Strobel lasted for a comfortable, agile feel, this boot keeps the pace up on strenuous day hikes over rough terrain, and even carries loads on short backpacking trips. The exclusive Vibram® Contact outsole utilizes a nylon plate for protection and stability. 7444 GTX Brown Vibram Vasque Integration Technology Mens Sizes: Medium 7-12,13,14,15 Weight: 2 lb 10 oz (Size 9) [1190 g] GTX Weight: 2 lb 12 oz (Size 9) [1250 g] * Upper: 2.0mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather * Midsole: Contoured Phylon * Plate: TPU Plate * Outsole: Vibram Contact * Lining: Nylon * Footbed: DryTech * Other: Gusseted Tongue; TecTuff Rand; Padded Collar; Integration Technology
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version
Strobel lasted for a comfortable, agile feel, the Caldera by Vasque keeps the pace up on strenuous day hikes over rough terrain, and even carries loads on short backpacking trips. The exclusive Vibram Contact outsole utilizes a nylon plate for protection and stability. Weight: 2 lb 10 oz (Size 9) [1190 g] Upper: 2.0mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather Midsole: Contoured Phylon Plate: TPU Plate Outsole: Vibram Contact Lining: Nylon Footbed: DryTech Other: Gusseted Tongue; TecTuff Rand; Padded Collar; Integration Technology
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version