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Vasque Skywalk II

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Skywalk II has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best backpacking boots for 2024.

I really like these boots. They are the first lightweight fabric/leather boots I've found that offer the support and traction of heavier boots. I've carried very heavy loads into the Arizona desert, the Sierra Nevada, and the Alaskan bush with these boots with no problems. Vasque uses the same lug sole with these boots as with their heavier bacpacking boots, so the traction is excellent. Lateral support is great under heavy loads, at least for me (I weigh 180 lbs, and usually carry about 50-65 lbs.).

These boots break in really fast--one hour walking in the mountains around my home was all I needed. They keep out the worst of the water, but eventually soak through. Unlike all-leather boots, though, these boots will dry out by the morning. To sum it up, These boots combine the best aspects of light- and heavy-weight boots, and I would recommend them highly to anyone.

Materials: Cordura/Leather
Use: Off-trail, heavy load
Break-in Period: 1-hour hike
Weight: 2 lbs, 12 oz
Price Paid: $195

I got these boots in 1991 and paid 119 for them then and they are still the best general purpose boot I own.

Materials: leather and gortex
Use: rough to medium trail
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: 2 lbs
Price Paid: $190

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