I had purchased a pair of the Vasque Pingora shoes…
Materials: leather, mesh
Use: approaches, easy climbing
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 1 pound perhaps
Price Paid: $79
I had purchased a pair of the Vasque Pingora shoes a while ago and loved them. My only complaint was that they are full leather and a bit hot to wear in the summer. Voila! Here we now have the Vasque Valhalla which is pretty much the exact same shoe but with some nylon mesh mixed in to provide a bit of ventilation.
High points: FiveTen stealth rubber, excellent build quality, they fit my feet well (medium to narrow fit).
Low points: nothing really - I've got no complaints with these shoes. They are a bit ugly, but not too too bad...
These are excellent approach shoes that are also very well suited to 4th class and even some easy 5th class climbing. Very comfortable if not laced too tight. When climbing, you can cinch them down to the toes and not flop around much at all.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Upper: Synthetic Suede Leather and Airmesh Nylon Fabric Midsole: Dual Density Compression Molded EVA Outsole: Vasque Grip-Tec Lining: Nylon Footbed: Contoured EVA.
- GearX.com refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . In Vasque's Valhalla multisport shoes, the approach is just as fun as the descent. Lace-to-toe style gives a superior, supportive fit while Stealth(R) high friction rubber outsoles won't leave you slippin' and slidin' on the trail. EVA midsole absorbs shock Padded collar and tongue ward off debris Wrapping toe rand puts scuffs in their place Suede and synthetic mesh uppers Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Valhalla Shoe (Fall 2005) Getting there is easier with the Valhalla by Vasque, a lightweight, breathable approach shoe. The Valhalla is built on a technical, high-friction Stealth rubber climbing outsole and features breathable uppers of abrasion-resistant, breathable Airmesh and synthetic suede. Upper Synthetic Suede Leather Upper Airmesh Nylon Fabric Midsole Dual Density Compression Molded EVA Outsole Vasque Griptech w/ Stealth Lining Nylon Footbed Contoured EVA Gusseted padded tongue Rubber toe Rand Padded Collar Weight 1 lbs. 12 oz (Mens 9)
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version