User Review: Vasque Skywalk
Materials: Leather with Cordura
Use: Rough Trail, Volcanic Rock, Yosemite back country w/60lb pack
Break-in Period: 1 week
Price Paid: $120 and $140
Strange as this might sound, I got married in these boots. My wife and I left our jobs back in '94 and got married on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. We traveled through Europe down to Africa and through the Med for ~3 months and the only foot coverings I had were my Skywalker boots and a pair of Teva's. I will admit that the Tevas got more use in Africa but my boots were comfortable enough for everyday walking as well as rigorous hiking and backpacking.
I have worn them to: hike Yosemite backcountry w/a ~60lb pack, volcanic cinder cone and craters, lava flows, snow, ice (not much help on ice but they were warm enough on short hikes,) Marin headlands on ~20 mile all day hikes and have loved every minute of it.
I had the boots resoled once since '94 (and unfortunately they wouldn’t replace ½ size soles so the 11 sole they used altered the fit noticeably. I had to perform surgery on the toe of one boot when the leather got ripped from the Cordura after a lost battle with a rock but other than that they are 7 years new.
I just bought another pair of Skywalker boots this weekend and I’m planning on following all of the “care and feeding” recommendations to see how long I can enjoy this pair. I just got finished trying them on for the first time out of the store and the fit was just how I remembered it the first time around. I can't wait to get them out on the trails and see how they do under load.
The older boots are being retired (and kept in plastic bag next to the jeans my wife was wearing at our ‘ceremony’.)