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Vasque Sundowner Summit GTX

7 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   2
3-star:   1
2-star:   1
1-star:   0
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I've had 3 pairs of Sundowners My first pair I was…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $180

I've had 3 pairs of Sundowners My first pair I was cutting my tags off of to do my first backpacking trip. 5 days with a 52 pound pack in the Grand Canyon. They were fit properly (to the ball of my foot not full length). Inserts were required. I never got a blister then and never did. I still recommend breaking them in but I never had to. Key is getting them fit properly. I only use Smartwool socks.

I broke the shank in the first pair. The second pair, I wore out digging a ditch - Sundowners have an egg crate cushion so not as durable as they could be. Because of the sole cushion I moved up to Summits with a neoprene foam cushion and a more durable frame. Summits require breaking in even when fit perfectly.

I'm on my second pair of Summits, I broke the shank on my first pair just like my first pair of Sundowners. I'm hard on them. Sundowners get the nod for comfort and Summits get the nod for sole durability.

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I received the Sundowner Summit GTX as a result of…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather, gore-tex
Use: Day hikes - Plan to do some backpacking
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $0 - Waranty Claim

I received the Sundowner Summit GTX as a result of a Gore-Tex warranty claim on my old original Italian made Sundowner Classics. It was tough to give up an already broken in pair of good boots and I had been reluctant to go with a Chinese made product. I have to say that I was surprised by the quality and technology in the Sundowner Summit GTX.

The leather is much more supple than my old boots but at the same time it appears to be durable and should last for a long amount of miles. I wore my boots to work for a couple of weeks to break them in and even with brand new boots I did not receive any blisters during break-in. My first day hike was relatively short, and without a pack, so I cannot provide much input based on this. I just went on a 7 mile hike in Daniel Boone National Forest at Dog Slaughter Falls which has a lot of differing terrain from rock, to hard pack dirt, to pine needles to sand. The soles of these boots are some of the best I have seen. I believe that they will grip anything! I cannot wait to try backpacking in these!

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I wore these boots on several 5-8 mile day hikes with…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Materials: Full leather
Use: 40 Lb Pack on overnights
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $200

I wore these boots on several 5-8 mile day hikes with no pack (to get basic break in). I took them on a 12mile overnight hike (40 pound pack) on the AT and had a horrible experience. This was going to be part of the break in period, but you can not break in a boot you are unable to walk in. I gave the boots this high of a rating because they did protect me from a couple bad sprains, jagged rocks, and puddle/marsh sogginess; but sitting here now I have to nurse the front part of my foot (at ankle) because of the poor quality. You have to super tighten the top of the boot to prevent a too open ankle collar and range of movement... because of this (and foot shifting forward A LOT during descent) my feet became swollen. I woke up on the second day and put my shoes on; I had to take a break every 20 minutes because my feet hurt so much. And what the worst part is, this was supposed to be a 30 mile hike. Had to cut it short because of the pain. Do not recommend.

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These boots were very comfortable from the beginning,…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars

These boots were very comfortable from the beginning, but I found they have a major flaw. I do a lot of hiking on uneven terrain and noticed my ankle turning unexpectedly. I constructed a jig for measuring the thickness of the heel with insoles removed. Two other pairs of boots that I use measured 1.25 and 1.5 inches. The Summit GTX measured 2 inches.

It is elementary physics that as the heel becomes thicker, one's balance becomes less stable when at an angle. Friction contouring on sloping sandstone could be risky. Although the Summit GTX is the most expensive of the three pairs I use, I have relegated them to hiking where the chance of injury is least.

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This is the best boot I've ever worn. The leather…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather and gtx
Use: off-trail, heavy backpacking
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: ??
Price Paid: $200

This is the best boot I've ever worn. The leather upper is very supportive, and I'm certain that it's saved me from quite a few bad sprains. The sole of the boot is well balanced and tends not to roll, as well. The GTX does what it's supposed to - keeping my feet dry even when I walk right through shallow streams or deep snow. Overall, the construction is burly enough to ward off damage from constant use on sharp talus and the soles still look new after a couple hundred miles of hiking. I love this boot!!!

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I bought these boots for an AT hike. I broke them…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather, Gore-tex
Use: rough trail, heavy pack
Break-in Period: 1 month
Weight: ?
Price Paid: $160

I bought these boots for an AT hike. I broke them in by wearing them everyday and doing daily hikes up Stone Mtn with up 55 lbs. Spend some time getting the right sock combination and you'll be rewarded. Downhills with a heavy pack (+50 lbs) caused some shifting forward... I found that I kept the ankle laced tight. BUY 1 SIZE Larger than you normally wear!! This will accommodate socks and a feet that will enlarge over the period of a long hike. I removed the stock insoles and used SuperFeet (green)...

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It took awhile to find the right sock combination.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather/gore-tex
Use: rough trail heavy packs/watching football on winter days
Break-in Period: 30 plus miles
Weight: 3lb 4 oz
Price Paid: $165

It took awhile to find the right sock combination. This is a rugged boot. Your feet are well protected and the collared ankles are are not even noticeable while hiking! Wide widths are make for a comfortable fit. I highly recommend this classic boot.

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Sundowner Summit GTX versions

In addition to the 7 men's reviews above, there are 2 reviews for other versions of the Sundowner Summit GTX. Read all reviews »

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Vasque Men's Sundowner Summit GTX

Discontinued

The Men's Sundowner Summit GTX has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$57.30 - $195.00

The Vasque Men's Sundowner Summit GTX is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 14, 2009 at Campmor.

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