Vasque Talus UltraDry
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
Great midweight, leather, hiker. Solid, supportive sole, mid height great compromise between low top and full high top boot. Vibram sole.
- Solid sole
- Leather construction
- Longer break-in period
I wear between a 9 and 10 men's depending on the shoe and what activity I'm doing. The associate in the store said that these run small. I walked around in the store for about an hour in the 9.5 men's and tried the size 9 on just for comparison. The size 9 fit great.
These are a stiffer boot, so they have a very supportive sole and an upper that requires a little more break-in period compared to most hikers. The cuff is cut away in the back and has a synthetic section at the top which is very flexible, so it doesn't dig in to the ankle, but also offers much less support than if the leather went all the way to the top. This is a mid height boot, and not a full height boot.
If you ever wore the old Vasque Sundowners (before they changed the design and moved production overseas), these fit very similar to them.
They seem fairly breathable for a (mostly) all leather boot, and they keep water out without any issues.
Construction seems solid on these boots.
I love the soles on these. They have great traction and are solid and supportive enough to not beat my feet up when hiking on rocky terrain.
I'm hoping the smaller than usual size won't come back to bite me when I get a chance to try them out backpacking.
Been wearing them for about 2 months. I'll try to post a followup after a bunch more miles in them.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
Great boot for backpacking or day-hiking. Comfortable and roomy fit, especially for those with problem feet. The closest I've found to a perfect boot.
- Excellent traction
- Sturdy build
- excellent value
I have had a history of foot problems, which makes finding a great boot tricky. I am an extreme overpronater... no arch in the right foot and almost no arch in the left... long toes... narrow heels... and sizable bunions on both feet. I especially have difficulty finding a boot with a big enough toebox that my toes don't get hammered on steep downhills.
When it came time to get new boots, I tried on a couple dozen pair of different brands and styles. I kept coming back to the Vasque Talus UD.
After eight months of day hikes and backpack trips, I have to say that I am very happy with them. I have thrashed through the mountains in winter and summer... wet and dry conditions. The fit is great, despite all of the quirks of my feet. Plenty of room in the toebox on the downhill. The Vibram sole has excellent stability and traction on dry and wet. The proprietary Ultra-dry keeps the feet dry through splashy creek crossing and muddy trails. And the boot stays comfortable on high mileage days.
I seemed to need a bit of break-in time. There was a spot on my right bunion which rubbed for a while (blisters prevented by using Leukotape), but that seems to have disappeared.
The old school nubuck leather construction is sturdy, and after eight months, they are still in solid shape, and I think I'll get several years of use from them.
All in all, this seems to be the closest thing to a perfect boot for me. Highly recommended, if you need lots of room up front, and want a classic styled mid leather boot.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Vasque Talus Ultradry Men's Hiking Boot is a heritage styled boot without the old-school weight. Underneath its classic shape, the Talus UD uses a polyurethane midsole with Vibram outsole, and combines nubuck with mesh uppers for premium fit. Fully waterproof with an UltraDry membrane.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Talus supports, stabilizes, and absorbs shock with a durable polyurethane midsole, while Vasque's UltraDry membrane keeps feet dry and Vibram outsoles traverse the trail with ease.
- EMS refers to the men's version
The Vasque Talus WP men's hiking boots offer classic style with modern performance, support and light weight, plus trail-ready waterproof protection. Waterproof nubuck leather uppers with padded nylon mesh collars offer durable, flexible and breathable comfort to ensure excellent trail performance. UltraDry(TM) waterproof, breathable membranes block rain from getting in but let sweat out, keeping you comfortable throughout your hike. Gusseted, padded tongues keep out trail debris and relieve pressure from lacing across insteps. Dual-density EVA footbeds and molded polyurethane midsoles absorb shock, provide cushioning and return energy back to feet for superb comfort. Thermoplastic urethane plates embedded in the midsoles enhance stability and support. Vasque Talus WP hiking boots feature Vibram(R) rubber outsoles for good traction over varying trails.
- REI refers to the men's version
Two days into a five-day backpack trip and that fine weather that graced the first half is replaced by a wicked storm and heavy rain. It's a good thing you upgraded to the Vasque Men's Talus WP Hiking Boots because you have the advantage of dry feet and sure footing on muddy trails and slick rocks.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version