Materials: Gore-tex and nubuck
Use: Camino de Santiago Compostela in Spain, 30 km a day
Break-in Period: 3 hours
Price Paid: Ca $135
I put these on and basically walked 500 km in Spain and was one of the few who didn't have a blister. They are amazingly ocmfortable and sturdy. However I did have leakage and suspect that the Gore-tex is faulty and I will ask Vasque to replace. But comfort-wise they are amazing.
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CLOSEOUTS. Built on a woman-specific last, Ion crosstrail shoes from Vasque are more supportive than trail runners, but built for athletic performance -- beautifully suited to long approaches and fast moving over variable terrain. Contoured EVA footbed. Revolution Stealth rubber outsole for excellent friction on all surfaces. Nubuck, leather, and synthetic upper. Suede in the heel area. 1 lb. 10 oz. pr. CLOSEOUTS . China. See our Running Shoe Fit Guide
- Sierra Trading Post
These mid-height day-hiking boots feature Gore-Tex® XCR® for waterproof, exceptionally breathable protection and comfort on the trail. Flexible uppers are water-resistant nubuck and split-grain leather, with air mesh nylon panels for breathability. Seam-sealed Gore-Tex XCR liners with wicking nylon linings deliver ample breathability and water protection for comfort in wet environments. TecTuff rubber rands at toes and heels protect feet and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Padded, gusseted tongues with ghillie, to-the-toe lacing offers relief from lace pressure and trail debris without compromising a secure instep fit. Removable, contoured EVA footbeds with wicking nylon topsheets add cushioning and support. Triple-density EVA-lution midsoles deliver cushioning comfort mile after mile over hard-packed surfaces. Velocity lasting offers extra stability along with thermoplastic urethane shanks for torsional rigidity on uneven surfaces. Revolution Stealth® sticky rubber outsoles ensure dependable traction on all types of surfaces both wet and dry.
The Vasque Ion 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 Ion 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 Ion'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
On Sale. Free Shipping. Vasque Women's Ion Shoe (Fall 2006) A Stealth rubber outsole, breathable Airmesh and leather uppers, 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 1 lb 10 oz (Size 7) 740 g Upper 1.6mm Water Resistant Split & Nubuck Leather Upper Nylon Mesh Fabric Midsole EVA-lution Outsole Revolution w/ Stealth Rubber Footbed Contoured EVA Other Gusseted Tongue; TecTuff Rand; Running Last