Vasque Snowblime UltraDry
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $119
I was hesitant to try these at first, thinking these would be too heavy and tiresome to wear. Boy, was I wrong!
- Crampon and snowshoe compatable
- Great ankle support
I wanted to do some snow hiking and winter backpacking this year, which meant I needed a pair of boots that were up to the challenge without breaking the bank. I didn't want something too clunky and heavy on my feet, but they needed to be durable, warm, and able to accommodate crampons and snowshoes. Enter the Vasque Snowblime!
Even though I'm on my third pair of Hi-Tec Altitude VI's because I love them so much, I am familiar with Vasque's good reputation and quality, so I decided to try their brand of boots. But I could not locate a store near me that had them, so I had to order them off the web. Now the biggest problem with buying shoes online is finding the correct size and if you get the wrong one, then you have the hassle of returning, trying another size, etc. Even so, I liked everything I read about the Snowblime, so I crossed my fingers and hoped that the 9.5 that I wore in the Hi-tec would fit in the Vasque.
When they finally arrived, I was pleased that the fit was perfect. I tried them on after work, after being on my feet a lot to ensure a true idea of the fit. The boots are heavier and stiffer than I am used to, but a few evenings of wearing them around the house after work and I felt they were ready for the trail.
I wore them last weekend on a snow hike at Mt. Pinos in California. There was a lot of snow, most of it very dry and powdery, but some wet slush where people had used parts of the trail a lot. On the hike in I used the boots without crampons. Vasques advertises them as having good traction in snow and they seemed to be doing the job alright, but I was too nervous about falling down (I can't afford to at my age!) so during my lunch break I put on some Kahtoola Microspikes. After that it was smooth sailing down the trail and no worries about falling.
The waterproofness seemed to work as far as I could tell. I did some off-trail walking to investigate some areas for photos, and the snow was almost to my knees. I hiked for three hours total, stopping a few times in deep snow, and the boots never leaked. Towards the end of the hike I noticed that when I stopped for breaks or to take photos, my toes got a little chilly, which I attribute to slight dampness from sweating rather than leaking. It was nothing uncomfortable, and when I was walking didn't even notice it.
The nubuck leather did get some damp spots, especially where some snow collected around the microspikes attachements on the upper foot, so I think a spray of DWR or something prior to an outing might be helpful. The rubber toe caps and heels make the boot durable and there is good protection and stability from the thermoplastic midfoot shanks, and the EVA midsoles offers just the right amount of cushioning.
I carried a 22 lb. pack on this hike to practice carrying a little weight on snow. These boots gave me excellent support and stability. I am confident that these will work well for long days out in the snow as well as multi-day backpacking trips in snow. After three hours, I didn't really want to take them off! They hug my feet nicely and feel really good. I think these boots and I are going to have a very nice winter together.
If you are looking for a reasonably-priced non-technical snow boot, look no further—these are quite simply the best buy out there.
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Vasque's Snowblime makes enjoying winter remarkably easy. With waterproofing and insulation technology, the Snowblime will keep your feet warm in the frigid outdoors. Its CuShin technology minimizes the pressure from the top of the boot on the shin.The CuShin Comfort Tongue technology was designed to minimize pressure some people feel on their shin from the top of the boot tongue. A four-way stretch nylon offers relief and flexibility while walking, and an internal padded waffle mesh maintains premium comfort.
To get through the coming winter, you're going to need something a little beefier than sneakers or heels. Vasque designed the Snowblime Women's Ultradry Winter Boot to get you through the toughest months of the year in comfort and style, so you can forget about your feet for a while and focus on the important stuff, like snowball fights and ski trips.
Free Shipping. Vasque Women's Snowblime Ultradry DECENT FEATURES of the Vasque Women's Snowblime Ultradry UltraDry Waterproofing System Cushin Comfort Tongue Technology 200g 3M Thinsulate Insulation Molded Rubber Heel Kick Rubber Toe Rand Gaiter D-Ring The SPECS of the Vasque Women's Snowblime Ultradry Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz / 1148 g Last: Perpetuum Upper: 1.8mm Waterproof PU Coated Leather, Waterproof Textile, Fleece Collar Footbed: Dual Density EVA Midsole: Molded EVA and TPU Shank Outsole: Vasque Venture with ColdHold Compound
Waterproof and insulated, the Vasque Snowblime UltraDry boots help make enjoying and exploring winter landscapes a comfortable endeavor. Waterproof, coated nubuck leather uppers shed snow and slush and offer good ankle support; metal D-rings make it easy to secure gaiters to boots. Tongues feature 4-way stretch nylon and extra padding to relieve pressure against shins, enhancing comfort. Breathable, waterproof UltraDry(TM) membranes block rain and snow from seeping in yet let sweat out, keeping you comfortable throughout your hike. 200g Thinsulate(TM) polyester fiber insulation supplies non-bulky comfort in chilly conditions. Rubber toe caps and heels protect uppers and feet from abrasion; heel ledges offer a good interface for snowshoe heel straps. EVA midsoles provide cushioning and light insulation for all-day wearing comfort. Thermoplastic urethane midfoot shanks enhance stability and support for crossing uneven terrain. Rubber outsoles on the women's Vasque Snowblime UltraDry winter boots feature a versatile tread for good footing in winter conditions.