Did someone break these in for me?
Bought Local - I can't justify using someone's time in-store then ordering online to save a buck.
Being new to hiking and these being my first pair of hiking boots I expected the worst. I heard so many horror stories about blisters and foot pain until boots are broken in - I didn't have to go through any of it.
I hike 6-8 miles a day on the weekends and just got back from a 5-day backpacking trip to Caprock Canyons in the Texas panhandle. With these boots hitting their first 100 miles I couldn't be happier. These handle very well on every type of trail I've come across so far - from flat beginner trails to hiking up steep/rocky canyon trails.
My biggest fear is that I won't be able to find them when it's time for a new pair.
I bought this boot for my summer hiking trip through Israel and Jordan. Since I was going to be in a hot desert climate hiking up to 10 miles per day through rocky, mountainous terrain, I needed a boot that breathed well, and these did not disappoint. The sole is stiff and rugged, and held up to the rocky terrain. They offer great ankle support too. I ordered 1\/2 size larger than I normally wear in order to have toe room in the front of the boot for hiking descent. I paired these with gel inserts and Smartwool hiking socks, and I did not suffer a single blister for the entire 2 1\/2 week trip. When considering hiking boots in the future, I will definitely look to Vasque as my first choice.
Light, sturdy and tough
I have had these boots a few weeks now and they are great. I wore them around the house the first few days to get a feel for them and to see if I would like them. Then as a break in I wore them to move into my new apartment, which was up two flights of stairs and it was a good test for the boots. The boots do feel a bit narrow around my toes but a simple loosen of the laces fixes that problem. Since then I have been on a few hikes in both grassland and mountain areas and the boots hold up well. The traction is good and they are decently waterproof. Time will tell how durable these boots will be.
If boots were like mustaches, these would be Magnum PI's.
When I first got these, I was skeptical, I did not know much about hiking boots, or what brands were available, but i was recommended these so I went ahead and got a pair. I made the right choice. I went through snow water, dirt, mud, cheetos, and they kept me dry and moving, thanks to the gore-tex inside the boots. I go the second pair not because he other fell apart, but because my feet grew, and i needed a size up. Again, they preformed flawlessly. However, if you manage to get water above the boots top, you will get soaked boots (they dry out fast though.) this is a great boot, and if you need one, i would defiantly recommend this boot.
No Better Boot Right Out Of The Box!
I normally hike with my Merrell Moab's and backpack with my Merrell ?? , sorry but I forgot the model. I do hike a lot on broken rock and such, but because the Moab's soles are so soft, I began the review process again. When I read the rave reviews for the Breeze GTX boot, I thought why not try these. When the boots arrived, I immediately tried them on. The boots are true to size, and felt like a glove. After 3 hikes for a total of 35 miles, I was very impressed. No blisters or hot spots. Gota love that. Time will tell how they hold up, for now I am very impressed!
Simple Yet Exceptional
I've had these boots for about 7 years now and they have seen an incredible amount of use. After all this time the DWR (durable water repelent) has begun to wear off the outer layer of the boots. However, I should have long ago retreated them with a nikwax type substance. The traction is still great, the comfort has only gotten better, and the functionality is still phenomenal.I need to declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs community, meaning I sometimes receive Gore-Tex and or Windstopper gear to test and review. That being said I purchased these boots long before joining this program and I would make the same decision today.
Great Boots to begin your hiking journey
I used these boots on Old Rag and only wore them for a day before to break them in. These shoes were already good to go. The traction on them is outstanding, even on rocks. They saved my ankles numerous times on the hike back down too, as it protected them when I would stumble or start to roll on my ankle. These shoes are high quality and I would recommend them to anyone! Only issue I had was that they could've breathed better, but having good socks helps. Make sure you always have great socks with your shoes. It doesn't mater how good a shoe is if your sock is crap.
Good Hiking shoe
I was looking for a good set of shoes that I would enjoy on the trail and the big ups that I enjoy is the Gortex and the high tops! I normally wear boots at work and do not normally wear shoes so I wanted something I would be comfortable in. These have been comfortable from the get-go! I've worn them on lots of trails and around town. They are durable although I'm not super stoked about the shoe laces but you can always get another set of those somewhere too. I would recommend these shoes for anyone who is on a budget, enjoys gortex, and enjoys being comfortable!
a great solid hiking boot
I have been wearing my Vasque boots for much of the summer and find them a great hiking shoe. Most of the terrain I am hiking is off trail and on rocky terrain. The boots held up well, provided good traction and kept my feet dry. When I received the shoes, I started to wear them right away with no problems. I have enjoyed these boots and look forward to many more miles in them.As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex and Windstopper garments for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.
These are boots.
Despite all I've put them through, these boot have held up incredibly well, and while wearing these, I've walked away with only one blister. I love being able to trudge through streams and hike up rocky, uneven trails without worry that I'll end up with wet feet or a twisted ankle. I don't bring "camp shoes" on my backpacking trips anymore to cut down on weight, and was happy with how (relatively) comfortable my feet were at the end of the day, even after 15+ miles. Don't waste your money on the prestige-brand boots with spinning rims. These are great.