User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Use: day hikes and longer backpacking trips
Break-in Period: almost none
This is my first pair of Vasques and so far I am relatively pleased. Tried them on in the store and loved the feel: snug but not tight. Ended up buying a pair online for a terrific price, but the fit just isn't quite as good as the pair at the store. The heel fit is great, I just feel like I have a fair amount of wiggle room for my toes... maybe that is how they were designed or maybe it is just my feet (I should note that my feet are long--size 13--and narrow, and maybe don't have the mass that other feet have).
So far I have done two moderate to strenuous day hikes of 5+ miles with good elevation gain, and one shorter 2.5 mile hike again with good elevation. For the most part, the boots are quite comfy--no blisters or sore spots--and fairly flexible, to the point that if I watch my feet while I walk, the boots look a bit big on my feet. Maybe I could have gotten by with a 12 1/2, but man, the 13s I tried on at the store were perfect. Probably should have just purchased those, but I saved $50 online. Heavier socks will probably resolve my toes having a bit too much wiggle room.
Overall, good boots, good construction, I like the traction, and I would recommend them with the caveat that you should definitely try them on first.