Vasque Men's Sundowner GTX

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Vasque Sundowner GTX
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The Men's Sundowner GTX Boot by Vasque. The boot that built the brand has a reputation for longevity, comfort and old school style, which may explain why it is as common in the city as it is on the trail.

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


  • Rubber core midsole provides shock absorption, torsional stability, and support on uneven terrain

Lining and Layers:

  • Clean, classic lines


  • Padded ankle collars for protection and comfort


  • Padded tongue gusset to keep debris out

Support and Cushioning:

  • Durable 2.4 mm one-piece smooth-out waterproof leather upper for protection and support
  • Dual-density EVA footbed for shock-absorbing cushion and support

Weather and Wind:

  • Seamless waterproof design
  • Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane keeps water from penetrating and allows perspiration to escape

Traction and Grip:

  • Vasque Classic rubber outsole for aggressive traction and grip


  • Metal hooks and D-ring lacing system
The Vasque Sundowner has gained a reputation as an excellent hiking boot for a variety of conditions. Vasque continues that tradition with the Sundowner GTX. This Gore-Tex lined boot is completely waterproof for the soggy conditions that so many of us hike in and retains all of the quality and comfort of an old school full leather boot. Do you wish the good old leather mid-weight boots would come back? Well, they never actually left.

The Vasque Sundowner GTX Boot is a mid-weight backpacker with a reputation for comfort and old-school style, which may explain why it's as common at the grocery store as on the trail. It's also equally at home under the weight of a pack or on a casual day hike.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
An iconic waterproof backpacking boot with clean, classic lines and a remarkable fit, the all-leather Sundowner GTX has a reputation for durability, comfort, and support. Popular on long-distance epics like an A.T. thru-hike and for more modest day hikes.

Country of Origin: Imported

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Also available for: Women
Avg. Weight (Pair):3 lb. 6 oz. (1531 g)
Circumference:14 1⁄2 in
Country Of Origin:Asia
Foot Volume:Medium
Footbed:Dual Density EVA
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Forefoot Width:Medium
Forefoot Width Measurement:3.684 in.
Heel Width:Wide
Heel Width Measurement:2.789 in.
Insole:Bimodal 2
Lining:3-Bar Knit Nylon
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Midsole:Medium Density Rubber
Other:Padded Collar; Waterproof
Outsole:Vasque Classic rubber
Shaft:5 in
Shoe Stability:Stability
Sole:Vasque Classic
Upper:2.4mm Waterproof Smoothout Leather
Volume Measurement:765 ml
Weight:3 lbs 6 oz / 1.53 kg (Mens 9)
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Vasque Sundowner GTX Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I usually use hiking boots for all my activities, work, home shores, vacation - outdoors- and when I ride my motorcycle. I was looking for a leather boot so that would provide a cleaner look for work. I have long narrow feet with weak ankles, so I prefer to use high top shoes and I am very particular with the shoes I buy. I have always worn Asolo boots (Asolo FSN 95 and FSN 85) and they are great boots. They are very comfortable, durable and they protect my feet very good keeping them warm and dry even when I ride in the cold rain. I considered the Asolo TPS520 GV, but they are expensive, so decided to give the Vasque Sundowner GTX a try. I was concerned about some of the comments regarding the book being made in China; this should not be a concern. I ordered my Vasque boots from Zappos on December 23 and received on the 25 as promised and with free shipping. Great service, I did not believe I would receive them for Christmas - already gift wrapped with a painted bow on the box and I did not have to wait long lines at the mall - great! The Vasque boot felt very good right out of the box. It provided a good snug comfortable fit and they look great. Even though my wife does not agree, I feel I can even use them with a coat and tie. They look like a well constructed shoe and a think they will be as good as the Asolos.
Carlos C - customer at on 12/24/2011

I got these boots for Christmas when I was in 9th grade. I am now 24 years old and still wear the hell outta these boots! Although the sole is very warn (to be expected after 8+ years of use) the leather is still in great condition and the sole still provides reasonable support! I've had 2 other pair of $200 range backpacking boots that have fallen apart in much less time. Most comfortable boots I've warn and like other reviews say.... GIVE THEM TIME to break in! Any full leather high end boot is going to be stiff straight outta the box. Break them in and you'll have yourself an incredible boot for years to come. (One disclaimer.... I bought these when they were made in Italy, and I'm pretty sure they are now made in China. So if they fail to hold up to the abuse I described.... Blame China!)

Ben Givens at on 01/28/2013

I've had my current sundowners for 9 years. Ive resoled them once and to be bluntly honest. I haven't taken care of the leather at all. After thousands of miles on trails and pavement they are still great boots. I wore out the original insole several years ago and have been using superfeet ever since. I've recently started working with search and rescue and have finally decided to buy a new pair. They aren't as water proof as they used to be and the leather uppers are cracking and stretched out a bit much for hardcore hiking in the northwest. But considering I got 9 solid years out of them I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend these or any other full leather boot from a reputable company. They will give you your moneys worth time and again

rok5415090 at on 04/05/2012

Best boot I have worn

Hard to believe no one has reviewed these boots. Vasque has been making this same boot for decades, even if the name for it has changed. Mine are 15 years old and counting. They just do not wear out. Extremely comfortable footbed. Not that it is cushioned, it just has the correct contours. Maybe like a Birkenstock (but I have not tried those). Everyone I know who has these boots are big fans of them and they have had them for a long time.. The leather and the sole are both thick and a little stiff. May require some break in but will never be too flexible.

I have owned a lot of boots, but these are the best.
Skywalker 2 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014
I had heard both good and not so good reviews of this boot. However, when I was looking for new hiking boots and the Vasque Sundowners had the features I wanted so I purchased them. I'm in the process of breaking them in now with short day hikes and working around the house. I plan to use them on an AT section hike through the White Mountains in NH this summer. So far, they feel very good on my feet. No blisters!
Mike C - customer at on 02/07/2012
I bought these for work as I needed a winter boot that was waterproof and built to last. I wore them on my morning shift thinking I'd only be in them for a few hours to start the break in process ended up getting overtime and worked in them for thirteen hours - no blisters. Have hiked in them since in the snow and they kept my feet toasty warm. I love stepping on jagged rocks and slippery logs with confidence.
Anonymous - customer at on 02/21/2012
I love these boots, they look great, they feel great, but more than that, Zappos is great. Last month I ordered three different items of footwear from Zappos, one was delivered in three days the other two were delivered in two days. One I ordered on a Saturday night and received it on Monday; the other I ordered on Sunday night and received it on Tuesday. I don't know how they do it.
Brian B - customer at on 03/24/2012

I've had my Sundowners for 20 years, and though they're looking a little rough now, they're still the great boots they've always been. Still comfortable, still with excellent tread, still dry, and still my favorite. Vasque and others have moved on with all sorts of hi-tech boots and shoes, but the fact that Sundowners are still big sellers testifies to the great value of these boots. Thumbs up after all these years.

Tom LaLanne at on 07/31/2011

I have had 4 pairs of these boots over the last 20 years. I have loved every generation. It's a full on leather hiking boot. So not for the fast and light crew. but if you need something sturdy and long lasting...this can't be beat. Water proof and breathable (for a leather boot.) I review and test gear fro Gore as part of a program called Mountain techs

John Pruitt at on 07/23/2012
This is a great boot. I've worn them for about a month and about 20 miles of walking from city streets to mountain dirt roads. They are comfortable from the start and getting more comfortable as they get broken in. I've been a fan of Vasque boots for about 40 years and theses Sundowners remind me why! And, of course, the Zappos service is unbeatable!
Vince P - customer at on 11/25/2011

Negative Reviews:

I just replaced my older (~8 yrs, resoled once) Sundowners, and I can already tell the new version will not hold a candle to the old. My older Sundowners were from the days when Vasque was still manufacturing in Italy and using vibram soles. These are now made in China and it shows, and they've dropped the brand name soles. The size is off, even though I bought the same 10.5 - there's a wierd combination of fit by length but too much room in the toebox, and there's significant slip in the heels that I can't fix with different lacing styles. As much as I hate to say it, if you got used to the old school, you will be disappointed by the new.

chrp116275 at on 03/11/2013

Made in China=junk
When they where made in Italy they where best hiking boots ever made!!!!

scooter at on 05/04/2012

I feel the Vasque Sundowner's are heavy and not as comfortable as Asolo or Zamberlan.

Zach at on 10/01/2011

Neutral Reviews:


FORESTFIRE at on 02/13/2013