User Review: Vasque Men's Wasatch GTX
Materials: nubuck leather and Gore-Tex
Break-in Period: 2 weeks the first time and 6 weeks the second time
Weight: 3lbs 6oz
Price Paid: $160
In October of 2005, I purchased my first pair of Wasatch GTX boots. I wore them for two weeks to break them in and then took them on an overnight backpacking trip. All seemed fine until March of 2006 when I noticed that the sole on the left boot was starting to delaminate. I took the boots back to REI and they gave me another pair (...11 wide instead of 11 medium...) along with their sincerest apologies for my troubles. I broke these new boots in for about six weeks and then this past weekend I took them on a two-night backpacking trip. The stitching between the tongue padding and the Gore Tex liner has unraveled.
Tomorrow I will go back to REI, receipt in hand, and get another pair of boots...probably not another pair of Vasque boots. For many years I was a firm believer in Vasque boots, but it seems like their quality control has become very relaxed since the whole "Made in China" thing happened.