Materials: Gore-tex and non-Gore-tex
Use: fast dayhikes, sometimes with rough trails
Break-in Period: Not necessary
Weight: Not sure--not all that heavy
Price Paid: $82
I have both versions of this shoe. The one pictured is somewhat lower and lighter (non-Gore-tex) while the other version not pictured is a bit higher, has Gore-tex and has a somewhat thicker sole.
I like both very much and hike a lot in them. Their best feature is the stealth rubber sole which gives terrific traction and stickiness. People in our hiking group tended to use Montrails before we got into these and whenever it was wet they fell. You could predict who would fall by their shoes. No one falls in these though they are so sticky you can accidentally hit a rock and have it stick a bit when you don't expect it.
Other than that they are good all around shoes. Not fantastically comfortable or cushy--I added new insoles which helped a lot--but I also never get blisters or other injuries from them. And unlike Five Tennies, which also have stealth rubber soles, these hold together.
Did I say Five Tennies fall apart--delaminate--and the company refuses to do much about it? Sorry, I liked them once, but after several pairs fell apart and the company failed to respond I'm no longer pleased. Vasques are infinitely better that way.
Use: day hiking and causal
Break-in Period: non
Good tough all rounder, very comfortable and the lace to the toe will make sure you are secured in it.
I have the cheaper non-Gore-Tex ones, so they are not waterproof at all, but they don't pretend to be. So stick on dry land with these, even in the rain you will get wet feet.
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The Vasque Catalyst is a high-performance approach shoe that's perfectly suited to 5.2 scrambling, use as a light trail hiker, and everyday urban missions. Starting from the bottom up, the Catalyst features the famous Stealth sticky rubber found in Five Ten's climbing shoes. The highest friction rubber available, Stealth's unique compounds allow you to grip the trail or rock like no other material, while providing maximum shock absorption on the go. Integrated components throughout the midsole provide incredible support: a nylon shank provides both flex and stiffness, and a tri-density compression molded EVA midsole is softer under the forefoot, stiffest on the outside of the heel to prevent pronation, and supportive under the heel for optimal durability. A high-quality contoured EVA footbed provides a supportive arch and heel cup that frankly blows other stock footbeds out of the water. The Catalyst's upper combines highly breathable nylon mesh with sturdy Nubuck and Split leather, while lacing that extends to the toe provides a precise climbing-shoe style fit. A medium forefoot fit accommodates foot swelling during exercise, while a tight heel provides maximum performance.
- Backcountry Outlet
CLOSEOUTS . The Catalyst multisport shoe from Vasque is great looking and nicely suited to speed hiking and long approaches. Waterproof Gore-Tex(R) XCR(R) has a super breathable Airmesh lining. Mesh and water-resistant suede and nubuck uppers Lace-to-toe styling Stealth rubber outsole Contoured EVA midsole Weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China. See our Running Shoe Fit Guide
- Sierra Trading Post
Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Catalyst Shoe (Fall 2006) Lace-to-toe styling, a Stealth rubber outsole, and breathable Airmesh and leather uppers make the Catalyst by Vasque perfectly suited to long approaches and moving fast over variable terrain. It's more supportive than a trail runner, yet still built for athletic performance. Weight 2 lb. 0 oz. (Size 9) 910 g Upper 1.6mm Water Resistant Split & Nubuck Leather Upper Nylon Mesh Fabric Midsole EVA-lution Outsole Revolution w/ Stealth Rubber Lining Nylon Footbed Contoured EVA Other Gusseted Tongue; TecTuff Rand; Running Last
Get a grip! These rugged trainers give you the super-sticky hold of Stealth rubber, ensuring superb traction for day hiking, scrambling and more. Uppers feature water-resistant split and nubuck leather for durability and support; nylon mesh panels enhance breathability and reduce weight. Nylon mesh linings enhance breathability and absorb excess moisture for fast drying. Gusseted and padded tongues help relieve lace pressure and keep out trail debris; removable, contoured EVA footbeds add cushioning. Rubber toe rands and wraparound toe bumpers protect feet and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Tri-density EVA midsoles are specially designed to provide the optimal blend of shock absorption, support, stability, protection and motion control. Thermoplastic urethane shanks enhance torsional rigidity and add support on uneven ground. Outsoles are made with Stealth® rubber, the highest friction rubber available, for exceptional performance on any angled terrain. Closeout.