Vasque Summit GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $400NZ
A well made, good looking yet tough boot that will see you through anything subalpine you wish to put it through. Once broken in, becomes a breeze to wear that will stop you regretting the price tag.
- Overall well made
- Once broken in, incredibly comfortable
- Really difficult to break in
- Synthetic on the toe comes lose
- Brackets seem a little rough on laces
I spent a a good 4-5 hours trying out all the boots from the local store, walking around the CBD looking like a total muppet with all these huge boots on. The result, this boot fits me perfectly. I have long, narrow feet with skinny ankles, which I was surprised to find fitted quite well into the Summits.
The lacing system helps a lot with getting the boot to fit tightly round the ankles, but do watch your laces on the brackets as I found the original laces were gone after two trips. My tip to get round it, just use thin cord; it can be a nightmare to tie with cold fingers but it lasts much longer.
Be warned though, I found these boots took a lot of effort to break in. For the first 3 months, of which I wore these boots for a nearly 30 days, they left my feet blistered and battered. Still not sure how much was my fault and how much was the boots, but I learnt a lot about blister management from those trips. Good news though, I haven't had a blister in the last 21 months of wearing these.
Water resistance wise, they do as good a job as can be expected. If you just expect to be walking through ankle high puddles at most, you're feet will stay dry as a bone no worries. Anything over the ankle and you'll maybe get a few minutes of dry max provided you tied your laces well, but after that the water gets in.
Traction is fine, mine have mostly seen cold nights in the pouring rain and never had a problem keeping my feet in the mud thanks to the good solid Vibram soles.
Had my Summits nearly 2 years now, put them through a lot of New Zealand bush through both summers and winters and they are still in pretty decent knick other than the synthetic capping the toe coming lose about 3 months in. Hasn't gotten any worse since then though, and so haven't bothered fixing but for the nit-picky ones of you out there could be an issue.
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The Vasque Summit GTX boot is a beautiful combination of features and quality workmanship. The premium leather used in these boots is tanned just down the street from Vasque corporate headquarters right here in the USA. Gore-Tex lining, dual density polyurethane midsole and a Vasque-exclusive Summit sole make this an easy choice for backpackers in all conditions.
If your next backpacking trip includes rugged terrain, long days, and inclement weather, head out with the durable support of the Vasque Men's Summit GTX Hiking Boot. Thanks to a full-grain leather upper backed by a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, you're feet will carry you to camp in bone-dry comfort. The nylon knit lining helps wick moisture, and Vasque added DryTech footbeds and molded polyurethane shock pads to cushion and protect your dogs on rough trails. When the weather rolls in and the path gets ugly, the Summit's lugged Vibram sole grips even the slickest of surfaces.
Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Summit GTX Boot DECENT FEATURES of the Vasque Men's Summit GTX Boot Gore-Tex USA-made Waterproof Leather Built for heavy packs Premium-grade leathers Vibram Summit sole The SPECS of the Vasque Men's Summit GTX Boot Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz / 1752 g Last: Summit Upper: 2.6mm Full Grain Waterproof Leather Footbed: Dual Density EVA Midsole: Dual Density PU Outsole: Vasque Exclusive Vibram Summit
The Summit GTX Hiking Boot by Vasque is a burly, rugged boot that is designed to hike over tough, unstable terrain while keeping you upright and going forward. A nice waterproof leather upper is offered with a Gore-Tex membrane to ensure your feet will stay dry through creek crossings and storm puddles. The Summit GTX is also incredibly supportive with rigid, yet flexible dual density polyurethane midsole and a patented Kinetic insole for comfort, easy stability and support.