Vasque Zephyr II
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $179
This boot was a great fit and very comfortable with no break-in period. Terrific for light trail work.
- Light weight and waterproof
- Thin soled; I could feel rocks through the bottom.
- Grip on rock seemed poor; even slippery.
I bought this boot looking for a quality hiking and backpacking boot. I have worn them all over the hills and many miles of trail. They are really comfortable and waterproof works well, but I was a bit disappointed with their grip on slick rock. They seemed to have much less grip than standard Vibram soles (waffle stomper style).
The soles also started to come unglued from the leather within a few miles of use (but never became critical.) Also, I could feel rocks through the bottom and the occasional rock leveraged into the sides could be painful. I was probably expecting performance similar to my old Asolo Yukons.
I would not buy another pair since I would like to try some other types and brands, but I would recommend these to anyone interested in a great boot for trails and light packs.
Use: short day hikes
Break-in Period: 1-2 days
Weight: < 1-lb
Price Paid: $136
These boots are comfortable and sturdy and accommodate custom inserts without any issues.
The only problem I experienced is that the laces do not stay tied and their ends soon become frayed.
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Zephyr II Boot - Wide (Fall 2009) Re-designed for 2008, the next generation Zephyr II Boot - Wide by Vasque is a modern boot for the serious hiker and backpacker. Specifications and Features for the men's Zephyr II Boot - Wide by Vasque: Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz / 1486 g Upper: 2.0mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather Upper: Abraision Resistant Polyamide Mesh Fabric Midsole: PU/ EVA/ TPU Plate: TPU Torsion Control Outsole: Vibram Summit Lining: Dura Footbed: Dual Density EVA Last: Summit Vibram lug outsole GoreTex
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The Vasque Zephyr II GTX Hiking Boot offers waterproof performance and comfort, whether you''re headed out for a day hike or a weeklong backcountry excursion. The Gore-Tex lining keeps your feet dry while you negotiate hazardous stream crossings, and a Vibram Summit sole ensures outstanding grip on any surface. A three-part polyurethane EVA midsole balances support and cushioning to make the Zephyr II capable of carrying heavy loads with ease.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . Ideal for committed hikers and backpackers, Vasque's highly supportive and extremely weather resistant Zephyr II hiking boots boast the moisture blocking power of a Gore-Tex(R) waterproof breathable membrane along with a three-part midsole to aid in balance and impact absorption. Gore-Tex(R) waterproof breathable membrane Suede and mesh upper with gusseted tongue Removable EVA-cushioned footbed Three-part midsole of polyurethane, EVA and TPU Vibram(R) rubber outsole Height: 5" Weight: 3 lb. 6 oz. pr. Made in China Width: M (medium) W (wide) Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Available Colors: TOBACCO/CHARCOAL. Sizes: 10, 11, 11.5, 13, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version