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Great at first, but didn't last!
- Fell apart
The boots fit well and were great—the first two times I wore them. I wore them on a 14-mile hike last weekend and the sole literally fell off one of the boots. It started to come off the back of the second boot, too. I hiked over two hours on a boot without a rubber sole!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
The Vasque Exodus boots fit my feet well right from the box; This impression did not change even after using these boots in up to waist deep water, mud, rocks, and deadfall I encountered during an organized police search. Needless to say my feet were wet at days end, but I feel these boots would have kept them dry if I had not gone wading.
The arches are stiff enough for comfort on rocks, while the toe area is flexible for kneeling without pinching the toes. While the Gore-tex can be a bit steamy in hot weather, it was never unbearable. These boots are very comfortable in fall/warm winter hikes. The bottom tread is well designed and had good traction on all surfaces.
The only area of constant irritation was the round shoe laces which constantly untied even when double knotted; hopefully Vasque has some new flat laces in the works that stay tied!
All in all, for a budget boot, you can do far worse than the Vasque Exodus.
Use: Hiking in rough and wet conditions over various terrain
Break-in Period: None required in my case
Weight: approx 1.5 lbs
Price Paid: $69.99
These boots have been the lifeblood of my shoe usage since getting them.
If you have the opportunity to pick up the '96 model you may save a bit of money.
Wear them for a long period of time and then just when you think that they are looking like they are doomed, polish them and you'll be amazed at how they look like new. Best boots I've ever owned!
Use: rough trail w/ light pack
Break-in Period: 2 weeks and their ready to go!
Price Paid: $190 and well worth it
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