User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Use: Work, dayhikes, backpacking, snowshoeing
Break-in Period: Practically none
Price Paid: $139
Fit is everything. If people had trouble breaking in this boot, it probably wasn't the right fit for them. I have had two pairs of these boots. Both times required practically no time to break them in. They were quite waterproof, withstanding creek crossings and all day snowshoe trips.
Unfortunately, like several other reviewers, I found that the boots developed a catastrophic failure after about a year or so--the soles cracked completely across the ball of the foot. I took the first pair back to REI. Of course, they gave me a refund and seemed surprised that a boot would do that.
So, I got a second pair. I loved them all the way up until last week, when the soles again broke. I was in the middle of a 70-mile backpack trip in the Colorado tundra. Not a good time for breakdown. They survived well enough to get me home, but now I am not sure what to do.
These boots fit my feet great. But I do not want to replace them every year.