User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Materials: gore-tex leather
Use: day hikes
Break-in Period: about 6 weeks
Price Paid: $180
A great and very comfortable boot right up until the sole starts to split right across the ball of your foot.
If you do any serious hiking at all then you should avoid this boot. It might work okay for someone who just hikes occasionally and would never put any real wear onto a tough Vibram sole but all others should avoid them particularly if you want hiking boots that will last.
My experience was shared by at least one other reviewer here - after about 20+ or so 8-10 mile hikes on our local hills (dirt tracks only) one boot developed a crack and the other a complete split across the ball of my foot which went deeply into the rubber material underneath the Vibram. The bottom literally fell apart.
I'd call this level of use about the typical hiking boot "break-in" point but with these particular boots it was the "break-apart" point instead.
Of course my boots were completely ruined by this and to my surprise Vasque did not offer to replace them at all. To put this in perspective the leather uppers showed almost no wear at all so be warned.