Vasque Clarion Impact GTX
Price Paid: $129
I've owned these for 5 years now. They held up a lot of days on the trail. The soles are finally wearing short so I'll be looking at another pair this coming fall.
The Goretex liner has been excellent at keeping out water. I've used them snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, and a couple days at work. I have not had any blisters using these,, just a few hot-spots.
Your basic backpacking boot at a very affordable price.
Materials: leather nubuck/cordura with gore-tex
Use: rough trail with heavy pack AND dayhikes
Break-in Period: What break-in period?
Weight: 3 lbs. 1 oz.
Price Paid: $125
I purchased a pair of Vasque Clarion II boots in 1992 for a hiking trip in Hawaii. Never had a single blister in those boots. 14 years later I knew it was time to buy a new boot. I did not hesitate a second before purchasing another pair of Vasques.
I wore my new Clarions today and I love these boots just as much as my old pair. I went on a 3-4 mile hike with my 30-pound son in a backpack. I had no break-in discomfort; that has never been an issue with a properly fit pair of Vasques.
These boots are just as great as my last pair. They are comfortable, grip rocks well, etc., etc. Vasque makes a terrific product; I highly recommend them to anyone purchasing a pair of boots.
Use: Rugged Trail/Bushwhacking w/ 45lb pack
Break-in Period: 2 Months light walking
Price Paid: $89.99 (on sale)
These boots rock! With the almost seamless leather construction, Gore-Tex lining, and a wicking lining next to my feet, they stayed dry no matter what. They fit my feet almost out of the box, with minimal break in time.
Also, they replaced another pair of Vasque boots- Sundowners, I think- that were older than I was! They never fit my Dad, but they fit me perfectly. Ever after 16 years, they held up beautifully. You can't go wrong with Vasque.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Lightweight supportive boots for treks with light to medium weight packs.Full grain nubuck leather and durable Cordura(r) nylon upper.A waterproof Gore-Tex(tm) Stormsock(r).Anatomically contoured padded gusseted tongue.Double riveted hooks and stamped D-rings.Quick drying Sportee(r) woven 3 bar knit lining.VFS II dual density EVA contoured heel cup and arch lift footbed.Exclusive Vasque Percussion(r) polyurethane midsole with circular landing pads. Texon insole.Fiberflex Lite shank with fiberglass technology for support.Skywalk(r) Syntonic rubber V-lug outsole for multi-directional traction.Wt. 2 lbs 12 oz.
- Campmor refers to the men's version