Materials: Nubuck upper, nylon vent, Vibram sole
Use: Light to medium hiking over varied terrain
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz
Price Paid: $69 at Sierra Trading Post
When used with light loads, the boot is comfortable and performs well, grabbing the ground well in a variety of conditions. Excels on wet grass or mushy ground without slipping.
Have care now: the manufacturer describes this boot for light hiking duties. True! It is not a heavy backpacking boot (despite finding it categorized so here). The large outside lugs, probably a stylistic adornment for attracting buyers, will flex under high load or torsion when the foot comes down off camber, threatening to roll the foot and causing mis-steps at bad times.
I personally experienced this tendency with a heavy pack load on a rocky hill trail in Texas. See nearby Trailspace reviews of the newer Zephyr GTX, with which I agree; I should have read them first before that trip.
In mud you'll pick up a lot in the lugs and make the boot heavy, although it still grips better than most in mud.
Needs a minimal break-in period, the uppers are pliable and the sole is moderately stiff, handling rugged ground fine.
An good choice for day hikes or overnights on soft or pebbly trails or overland. For heavy backpacking, pick something with a conventional sole. (I like the Aku Utah, Alico Summit, Columbia 'Peaks' series)
Price Paid: $67
Great fit, holds up well; wouldn't leave home when being in the mountains for a hike...rain, show, or shine (fall - spring).
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CLOSEOUTS . Built tough and comfortable, Vasque Zephyr backpacking boots offer support and the extra protection of Amortex(R) and Kevlar(R). Nubuck and nylon upper with stretchy Armortex(R) protection from water, wear and tear, and dirt. Padded collar and gusseted tongue Shock-absorbing midsole Nylon mesh lining Removable DRYTech(R) insole for fast drying TPU shank for arch support and stability Convenient three-hook lacing system Non-marking, self-cleaning Vibram(R) traction outsole Kevlar(R) toe bumper Height: 5- ” Weight: 3 lb. 3 oz. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post
A lightweight backpacker with a streamlined, lower-volume fit, the Vasque Zephyr's tri-density EVA midsole is designed to carry smaller loads on athletic, fast-paced trips. OMC Shoe Buyer says: ...
Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Zephyr Boot (Fall 2006) A lightweight backpacker with a streamlined, lower-volume fit, the Zephyr by Vasque, with a tri-density EVA midsole, is designed to carry smaller loads on athletic, fast-paced overnights. Just don't forget to stop and check out the view. Weight 3 lbs 2 oz (Size 9) 1420 g Upper 2.4mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather Insole Bimodel Flex Plate Midsole Tri-Density Contoured Phylon Plate TPU Torsion Control Outsole Vibram Trailtech High Carbon Rubber Lining 3-Bar Knit Nylon Footbed DryTech Other Gusseted Tongue; Rubber toe Rand; Padded Collar; Integration Technology