Vasque Summit GTX

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Vasque Summit GTX
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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.

FEATURES of the Vasque Men's Summit GTX Boot.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Vasque Men's Summit GTX Boot.

Collar:

  • Extended-height padded collars offer ankle protection without pinching the Achilles tendon

Midsole:

  • The midsole is made from dual-density PU, giving your foot a supportive platform that also protects from the worst of the trail

Fabric:

  • Constructed on Vasque's Summit last, with a medium heel and medium toe box width

Support and Cushioning:

  • Dual density EVA footbed cushions the foot inside the boot

Weather and Wind:

  • Made of US Made, waterproof and flexible smoothout leather
  • 2.6mm Full grain waterproof leather upper is extremely durable
  • GORE-TEX® liner is waterproof and breathable to take on alpine snow and cool water crossings in dry comfort

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram sole with excellent traction

Outsole:

  • Vasque® exclusive Vibram® Summit outsole is extremely burly and grippy, making it ideal for heavier hikes and off-trail endeavors

Features:

  • Kinetic insole
  • Built for heavy packs
  • Premium-grade leathers
  • DryTech footbed
Backcountry.com
If your next backpacking trip includes rugged terrain, long days, and inclement weather, head out with the durable support of the Vasque Men’s Summit GTX Hiking Boot. Thanks to a full-grain leather upper backed by a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, you’re feet will carry you to camp in bone-dry comfort. The nylon knit lining helps wick moisture, and Vasque added DryTech footbeds and molded polyurethane shock pads to cushion and protect your dogs on rough trails. When the weather rolls in and the path gets ugly, the Summit’s lugged Vibram sole grips even the slickest of surfaces.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

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.    


SummitHut.com

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.


Campsaver.com

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.


Zappos.com
The Summit GTX backpacking shoe is all you need for your outdoor adventures.
2.6 Waterproof Smoothout Leather upper.
PU midsole.
Vibram Summit outsole.
Dual Density EVA footbed.
Al's Sports
Using premium leather tanned just down the street from Vasque corporate headquarters in Red Wing, MN at one of the last remaining US tanneries – SB Foot Tanning Co. – this boot is a beautiful combination of features and quality materials. Gore-Tex lining, dual density polyurethane midsole and a Vasque-exclusive Summit sole.
Appalachain Outdoors
This stylish, durable boot has endured the ultimate test of time to become an all-time classic. After days of backpacking on the AT in these, enjoy a break in town and still be in comfort.
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Circumference:13 1⁄2 in
Country Of Origin:Asia
Crampon Compatibility:strap-on
Footbed:Dual Density EVA.
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Intended Use:Backpacking
Last:Summit
Lining:Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® drop-liners with wicking nylon knit linings supply dry comfort and seam-sealed protection from water leakage
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Midsole:Dual-density polyurethane midsoles and molded polyurethane shock pads under heels and forefeet provide durability and absorb excess shock
Outsole:Vibram Summit with lugs that provides aggressive stability and traction.
Shaft:5 1⁄2 in
Shoe Stability:Neutral
Sole:Vasque Exclusive Vibram® Summit Sole
Upper:2.6mm Full Grain Waterproof Leather
Weight:3 lbs., 14 oz. (based on Men's size 9)
Width:Medium
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Vasque Summit GTX Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

compared to Italian made

These Chinese made boots have a wider heel than hikers are used to, as if they think wide means to fit obese people standing around in them. Heel width also makes these extra heavy in the heel. Hikers with wide forefeet have narrow heels. Being lean people with lots of miles on their feet, hikers have wider forefeet but don't have wide heels, or fat feet at all. They're just wider through the joints of the forefoot. In that consideration these are more like a Redwing or Timberland boot and definitely not a Pivetta P5 style ballet slipper snug heel width perfect for hiking in rocky terrain. An Italian name is all that is left of Italian fitment. These feel clunky by comparison. Looseness in the heel will allow the foot to rotate in the shoe making toe blisters, requiring two pairs of thick socks and/or extra padding on the insides of the heels before any long distance hiking, and they're already heavy. Halfway up the tongue is a seam where one wants none, making a big sore blister inducing lump or even two, one on each side of the arch. This accentuates heel movement inside the shoe. I hammered on the tongues over an anvil till I made them flat, no more problem there. But still that's not something you expect to have to do to new boots. I love the tight grained toughness in the Redwing leather uppers. The leather will last twenty years if beeswax is used, and the Vibram sole will last like Vibram does.
alpine style at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 10/10/2013

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.

zoso at Backcountry.com on 05/11/2010
These are incredible boots! I did a great deal of research with various boots before committing to these. There is a one to two week break-in period with the upper leather around the ankle, but other then that, they've been perfect in every setting. I've gotten several compliments on these, something that I have never received on hiking or outdoor boots. Another thing that should be pointed out is the reviewing system, which on Zappos is great. I noticed on other sites featuring the same boot, that there were a few negative reviews for these boots and I went ahead and bought them anyway -- through Zappos. Glad I did. For a change I listened to the intelligent positive reviews versus the inconsistent negative votes and I'm glad that the positive reviews influenced a solid purchase this time around. Makes me wonder how many other great products I've past up because a few people wrote poor reviews of an amazing product.
Michael C - customer at Zappos.com on 11/28/2011

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.

Marty at Backcountry.com on 08/02/2012

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.

peakfreak61047348 at Backcountry.com on 07/05/2010

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.

larry911488 at Backcountry.com on 06/20/2012

VASQUE SUMMIT GTX BOOTS

These boots are great. A little on the heavy side at 4 pounds, according to my bathroom scale. Having said that, they feel and fit very well. I wore them to work for three days for the break in period. That was all it took. Hiking in them was no problem. No "hot spots", no blisters. I have had these about a week and a half and have put over 25 miles on them. All on trails and uneven terrain and scree. I am looking forward to the colder weather and snow to put them through their paces. All in all, a great pair of boots that I would certainly purchase again.
AZMtnBikr at SummitHut.com on 10/10/2009
I have tried several pairs of boots before the summit GTX but never had a pair hold my foot in place quite like these.They seem to be a little heavier than a lot of hiking boots but I can't believe the support I get from them. I am wearing them to work all day and the only thing I'm not crazy about is the finish, but that's a personal thing. Otherwise they are great.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 01/09/2012

Great hiking boots

I teach outdoor education and student leadership for a local school district near Estes Park, CO. I work in these boots nearly everday in the Mountains. I've already summited a few peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park in moderately heavy winter/snowy conditions and I've only had these boots for two weeks. Clearly the best boots I've ever owned.

These boots are very warm, comfortable and sturdy and I'm 6'2" 220lbs.
Jon Adam at SummitHut.com on 10/10/2009
My husband must really love these boots because it is all he wears! I can't speak for how they fit but he won't wear anything that isn't completely comfortable from the second he puts it on. He has me order him a new pair every few months and it is not because they are poor quality - they're great quality boots - it's because he wears them all day every day.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 11/01/2011

Negative Reviews:

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.

Jeff at Backcountry.com on 09/27/2011

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.

Roger at Backcountry.com on 09/12/2011

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.

emm4032370 at Backcountry.com on 11/12/2010

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.

gre2913160 at Backcountry.com on 06/12/2011

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.

kev2538760 at Backcountry.com on 07/31/2013

Neutral Reviews:

These were really comfortable except the place where the tongue meets the sides of the top of the shoe. They didn't work for me, but I could see them being a great boot for someone else. I got the Asolos instead.
Eve P - customer at Zappos.com on 10/25/2010