User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Materials: Leather/Gore-Tex liner
Use: Multiple--day hikes to rough trail with pack
Break-in Period: negligible
I've had my Wasatch boots for a couple-plus years now, and I continue to use them regularly. They're not my only pair of hiking boots, and they see more use in winter than in summer because I find them too hot many times during the warmer seasons.
They are quite waterproof--the Gore-Tex liner works as advertised--but that barrier also makes them less breathable and hotter. The leather upper is not as sturdy as on some other boots, but has worn well nonetheless for me. The rubber toe guard is a plus. The break-in period was minimal. The only difficulty I've had with hot spots was when hiking in them wet, after several stream crossings.
The largest negative, for me, is simply that the fit of the boot, while functional, never feels as comfortable as I'd like. My other boots, made by Merrell, are more comfortable despite similar sizing. Probably an effect of the specific lasts on which the different boots were made, and difficult to completely predict when trying on new boots.
I will consider Vasque boots in the future, but they have not made it quite to the top of the heap.