Vasque Sundowner II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

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Price Reviewers Paid: $149.00


2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

I wore a pair nearly everyday from fall of 1997 through winter 2004. I am a geologist and they provide excellent traction and ankle support as well as being totally waterproof up until today.

The only problem was when I first got them I wore them on a hike and almost killed my feet because they weren't broken in.

Materials: leather gore-tex
Break-in Period: 2 weeks

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Initial break-in was a killer! My tib/fib felt like somebody tapped on my leg with a ballpeen hammer for a looooong time. But now that they're broken-in, they are real comfy. Kinda slippery on wet surfaces, but I guess most stuff is. Good laces. Roomy toebox that I like when it comes time to do some downhilling. Lateral support is great for my sometimes-weak ankles. I just hope long-term durability is what everyone told me it should be.

Materials: Gore-tex/leather
Use: light pack, loose sidehills
Break-in Period: Guesstimated 5 miles
Weight: n/a
Price Paid: $149

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