The Men's Summit GTX Boot by Vasque. Vasque's premier backpacking boot features premium leather, Gore-Tex lining, dual density polyurethane midsole and a Vasque exclusive Vibram Summit sole.
The Summit GTX Hiking Boot by Vasque is a burly, rugged boot that is designed to hike over tough, unstable terrain while keeping you upright and going forward. A nice waterproof leather upper is offered with a Gore-Tex membrane to ensure your feet will stay dry through creek crossings and storm puddles. The Summit GTX is also incredibly supportive with rigid, yet flexible dual density polyurethane midsole and a patented Kinetic insole for comfort, easy stability and support.
The Summit GTX from Vasque is a formidable boot, helping you take on heavy backpack loads and rough trail (and off-trail) conditions with ease. The full grain waterproof leather upper and dual-density PU midsole act as a suit of armor, protecting your feet from burrs and uneven terrain while the Vibram® Summit provides grip. Perfect for people who need a heavy duty boot or prefer less flex from their hiking footwear.
The Vasque Summit GTX boot is a beautiful combination of features and quality workmanship. The premium leather used in these boots is tanned just down the street from Vasque corporate headquarters right here in the USA. Gore-Tex lining, dual density polyurethane midsole and a Vasque-exclusive Summit sole make this an easy choice for backpackers in all conditions.
|Circumference:||13 1⁄2 in|
|Country Of Origin:||Asia|
|Footbed:||Dual Density EVA|
|Midsole:||Dual Density Polyurethane|
|Outsole:||Vasque Exclusive Vibram Summit|
|Shaft:||5 1⁄2 in|
|Sole:||Vasque Exclusive Vibram® Summit Sole|
|Upper:||2.6mm Full Grain Waterproof Leather|
|Weight:||3lb. 14 oz. / 1758 g (per pair)|
These have been my go-to field work, hiking, adventuring and backpacking boots for two years. I have the 08 version, which features a rubber toe guard (more on this). They must have seen over 300 miles of bushwacking and technical trails with pack weights of up to 50 pounds (yeah, part of what I'm paid to do). They are, simply, the best footwear I could have for their role.
The leather is durable, but not overly heavy. They required the expected amount of break-in. I regularly treat them with Nikwax. As expected, they are 100% waterproof - even after long days. They have simple, but high quality support padding that dries quickly. The sole is a good, well-rounded hardness. It is slightly too firm to be perfectly confident while scrambling. I am just now thinking of resoling after 300+ hard miles.
In my travels I've found the rubber toe rand to add HUGELY to the durability of the boots. The durability of this boot with the toe-rand, compared with other all-leather hikers I've used in the past, is above and beyond expectations. I am truly sorry to say that I would NOT purchase a new pair at full price until they reintroduce the rubber toe rand.
I wear size 11 street shoes and size 11 boots. I have a mid volume foot, average arch and a medium width. No complaints with the fit of the boot, whatsoever.
For a while I've been looking for a good solid leather walking boot. Nothing fancy just a good leather boot that's going to last a long time. It seems they are getting harder to find in Australia with all the synthetic 'this an that' on the market today. The Gortex lining on this boot was an added bonus for me rather than a requirement.
Buying online from Oz was a bit of a risk for me but the reviews were good and the ones that weren't suggested they wern't for wide feet. Well I've got narrow size 13's so I hoped they would fit fine.
Well they fit like a glove. They're solid and very supportive yet super supple since they've been walked-in. I've now snow-sealed them and they're ready for the hikes and trails which I'm yet to do.
So I'm very impressed after wearing them for 3 weeks straight. I'll comment back once I've done my first big walk/hike in them.
I purchased a pair of these boots in desperation while waiting for a replacement pair of Raichles I destroyed while hiking the Adirondack 46's. I needed a good pair of boots to finish my last two peaks. I put these on and hiked Esther and Whiteface without a break-in and had no problems whatsoever. I was very impressed with the traction, comfort, support around the ankles and sturdiness of the shank. To be fair though, I have to add that the ones I purchased appear to be the previous version, as I see the pictured boot lacks a toe cap. The ones I purchased had a toe cap. I got them in 2007. I still use them today and love them even more than when I first slipped them on. They are severely worn but perform like new! I will most likely give this new version a try.
Incredible fit, right out of the box. Plenty of toe room, snug fit from the ball of my foot back, with a perfect heel fit. Ankle was properly supported without binding. Laces were exactly the correct length. My foot felt as if it was inserted into a form fitting cast. Toes wiggled and the rest of my foot was held in place without binding. Shifting weight from foot to foot you can feel the insole adsorb the pressure, perfect shape and support. Color was Coffee Bean, not the lighter shade shown in the picture. Somewhat concerned about the absence of a toe protection cap, but we will see how that works over time. Meanwhile, the lack of toe cap makes the boots useable in many more casual settings.
I ordered these boots back in July and wore them a few times to break them in for a course that I was instructing during the month of September. During the break in period that had no issues and performed great. That was not the case during the course. During 3 weeks in September I wore them while traversing the Talkeetna Mountains in AK and I went through 3 sets of laces (the last two of which were p-cord). The factory laces lasted about 5 days and the other two sets lasted about the same amount of time. All the eyelets except for the two lowest ones might as well be razor blades because they shred laces. I was very disappointed as I have been a faithful vasque boot wearer until now. Other than that problem, which was fairly significant, they were great. Easy break-ins, no blisters and very comfy, but all that was overshadowed by me constantly having to fix the laces.
I recently wore out two pair of older Vasque Summit boots after over 5 years of almost daily hiking. I loved them and ordered two new pair. The first pair has been fine. The second pair had an upper eyelet pull out within two weeks. Thanks to Backcountry.com's return policy I had a replacement pair sent back to me quickly. Within 2 weeks of starting to use this pair, the same upper eyelet pulled out again. They will be returned tomorrow. Vasque changed the design of their upper eyelets from triple and double rivets to a single rivet. The new eyelets also are not offset from the rivets as in their previous design leading to more force in the direction of pulling the rivet up through the leather. I recommend staying away from Vasque boots until they fix this design. Backcountry.com's service has been fantastic and I will be ordering a replacement pair of boots (of a different brand)from them very soon.
I SO wanted these boots to work. They fit, they were attractive, they were comfortable except that they were so heavy that after wearing them, my hip and knees were killing me. THought maybe it was something else, but after wearing them several times and having to spend days icing my knees after each wear (something I don't usually have to do even after a 16 mile hike), I decided they just aren't working. Too bad, but it is like bricks on your feet. Supportive as all get out, and if your can carry the weight, they will carry you through really rough hiking, I'm sure, but they were killing me in the process of wearing them.
One of the speed hooks fell out after only four days of use. Customer service is also poor. Vasque is owned by Red Wing and the company has not responded to my warranty request. The last three pairs of Vasque boots I've owned all had significant problems within the first three months of use. Vasgue boots do not have the same quality construction as the past. Look at another manufacture for quality footwear.
Ever hear of an outdoor company not offer a lifetime warranty? Either had I until I bought these boots. Luckily the eyelet popped out, like many other users have experienced, after only one week of gently breaking them in while in my office. Pretty sad that the Vasque name is being attached to such poor quality these days.