Vasque St. Elias GTX



This is a quality waterproof backpacking boot that…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $189


This is a quality waterproof backpacking boot that is available in wide sizes. Great Vibram sole.


  • Waterproofing
  • Comfort
  • Lacing system


  • Break-in is a little longer than expected

This is a high quality waterproof hiking boot. The waterproof membrane appears to be of high quality as the boot breathes remarkably well. The fit seems correct as advertised, I live the fact that there are two widths available. I have replaced the footbed with a Green SuperFeet footbed and that seems to improve comfort considerably.

The boots seem to be breaking in well. I have been switching between a lightweight and a mid-weight sock and have found that when wearing the lightweight sock, there is a pressure point just below the arches. This seem to diminish as I break them in more.

The lacing system is fantastic. There is a pinch loop that allows you to adjust the tension of the lower v.upper boot. Very handy!

The boots are very water resistant. I have worn them on snowy trails and they did just great. The vibram soles offer great traction both on rocks as well as in snow.