User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Materials: Soft leather, gore-tex
Use: Rough terrain hiking, mild winter boot.
Break-in Period: None.
Weight: 4lbs, 9oz (minus some dirt)
Price Paid: $180
These are great. I wore combat type boots for years and these were a real improvement. If you have just one pair of hiking boots, these would be a good choice.
I bought them only a week before a trip to the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. They fit excellent and required no break in time. After hiking down to the bottom of the canyon and back (about 23 miles total) I had ABSOLUTELY NO BLISTERS. That is great for a new pair of boots.
Now that it is winter I find that they make for good cold weather boots as well. The Gore-Tex lining is good at keeping your feet dry. My toes get a little cold in 10-20 degree temps but wool socks fix that. The Vibram tread seems to work great on ice and snow, very good traction.
Pros: Great all around hiking boot, from desert to ice. A little pricey.
Cons: Somewhat heavy. Feet get a little warm and sweaty at 100+ degree temps.