User Review: Vasque Women's Snowblime UltraDry
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $90 on sale
Comfortable winter boot, lightly insulated, leather, waterproof. Recommended for winter hiking/backpacking/snowshoeing.
- Warm (but not too warm)
- Great traction
- Stuff enough sole for backpacking
- Snowshoe ledge and gaiter hook
- Can be hard to get laces tight
Bought these boots end of winter last year on sale. I'd been looking for a new winter boot that had a little bit of insulation that I was comfortable taking on my winter backpacking trips. Most of the women's boots I'd been seeing were more for casual wear and/or the soles weren't stiff enough to carry a load.
I have a few other Vasque boots, and have been very happy with the quality and fit of their products, so when I saw these boots, I was really excited about them, even though I had to wait until this winter to use them.
Was able to finally use them last weekend in the Catskill Mountains, NY. There was about 4 or so inches of snow on the ground, with another 8+" falling over the weekend. Hike in was in just our boots, hike out with snowshoes. Temperatures ranged from about 9 degrees to 30 degrees throughout the course of the weekend.
Usually when I'm actually hiking, my feet are able to stay relatively comfortable and warm in regular full leather hiking boots. I opted for lightly insulated boots so that when I stop hiking, I can help keep my feet a little warmer.
These boots did a pretty successful job doing that. My feet stayed comfortable, and the few times I felt them start to cool down, just a little bit of movement warmed them right back up. Usually, when I make camp, I jump immediately into my down booties, but I was comfortable staying in my boots for much of my time at camp. (Which is nice, since my down booties don't really insulate from the ground, and have a tendency to sometimes get wet from the snow. I also like to keep them clean so I can take them into my sleeping bag if it's really chilly at night.)
Back of boots have a snowshoe shelf so the back snowshoe strap will definitely not fall off. Front of boot has a metal gaiter hook.
Fit wise: I normally take a size 10 street shoe, in hiking boots I range from a 10.5 to 11. I opted for a size 11 with these, to ensure I had space for a thicker sock if need be. The laces can be a little difficult to get tight around the base of the foot, but with a few tying tricks, I was able to ensure a good fit.
I did not break them in before my trip, and did experience some chafing above my ankles. I am confident as the boot breaks in and softens, that this will not be an issue.