User Review: Vasque Men's Sundowner Summit GTX
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.