Vasque St. Elias GTX

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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.

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The St. Elias GTX is Vasque's lightest backpacking boot. Vasque combined traditional all-leather comfort and support with a cutting-edge, weight-optimized sole. The midsole incorporates a soft EVA bed which allows the sole to conform precisely to the irregularities of the trail for incredible traction. The comfort straight from the box and feel on the trail is unlike anything that's come before it.

- refers to the men's version

With the St. Elias GTX from Vasque, you get a backpacking boot that can take the most powerful of punches while providing a stylish design and comfortable feel. The St. Elias GTX's outsole is made from a Vasque-specific Vibram construction ensures excellent tractio to keep you nice and grounded, while an EVA footbed gives your feet the comfort that they need. The St. Elias GTX also offers you some stylish appeal to wear these boots just about anywhere you like, even if it's not the wide open wilderness. PRODUCT FEATURES: Weight: 3lbs 1 oz (1378g) Outsole: Vasque Exclusive Vibram Frontier Last: Summit Midsole: A.S.E. Midsole with EVA Cushioning Pods, and TPU Shank

- Appalachian Outdoors refers to the men's version