User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $105 from REI (sale)
Good boot, watertight. However, even though uppers stay in good shape the soles don't seem to hold up for long especially if you do lots of hiking. Boots sole unique design results in poor sole replacement due to stiffener location.
- Comfortable, hardly any break-in
- Water tight
- Good uppers
- Good price
- Soles wear out / split
- Plastic stiffener in sole makes new sole poor results
- Price of boot + resole = you might as well spend a few more bucks for better re-sole design.
Purchased Vasque Wasatch Gore Tex (GTX) boots, used on moderate to rugged trails on AT, White Mountains, Shenandoah National Park. After 3 years the sole split on one boot at the ball of my foot (I tend to kneel on the toe). This caused water to seep in at the pressure point even with Goretex.
Sent the boots in to get resoled and disappointed in total lose of stiffness.
Vasque is the only one that puts the plastic stiffener in the sole. Everyone else puts it up in the boots, so no matter which sole is used to resole the boots the stiffness stays the same.
This boot is made of split leather, and when received for new soles they are so soft the OEM soles will no longer fit. The replacement Vibram units don’t have that plastic insert Vasque uses, thereby losing all stiffness.