Vasque Hiking Boots Reviews (Top 5 Pick of 2018)
Boots are made to sustain the toughest environment and the harshest terrain. But not all of them can keep their promises like Vasque boots. Obviously, this is not a new thing. What’s new is that the updated models of boots Vasque is bringing out to reach every type of users, globally.
And for a regular boot user, it’s not easy to pick up a good boot, which gives you proper support, ample comfort, persistent air flow, well-fitting, and many more. And therefore, we have decided to present potential customers with a Vasque boots review that features some of the best boots that Vasque has to offer to its customers.
In this review, we’ll get into the detailed factors that determine whether the pair is worth your money and attention or not. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Vasque Hiking Boots Reviews: Comparison Chart
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot
Vasque ST Elias GTX Hiking Boot
Vasque Men's Mantra 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot
Leather and textile
Vasque Men's Talus Ultradry Hiking Boot
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots
1. Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot
After its predecessor Vasque Breeze GT received tons of appreciation, it was up to Vaque to make the perfect successor, overcoming all the limitations of the former. And so far, they have been successful in doing so. People are calling their newest version a “successful successor” and it is one of most hike-ready boots made by Vasque, if not “the most”.
The new version is now tougher, lighter, and more breathable than Vasque’s original Breeze GTX. In this Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX review, you’ll see why everyone is calling it a successful successor.
Fit: When it comes to boots, the first and foremost fit factor is the shoe’s body. And as mentioned before, the version 2.0 is much tighter than the original. But that doesn’t mean your feet will feel suffocated. No, tighter, we meant well-fitted, which is why you are buying a boot in the first place.
The padding inside is thick and fluffy which ensures that there is no gap unnecessary gap between your feet and the shoe, which prevents tripping accidentally. Besides, when user flaps up the laces, the boot will take his shape, giving him a complete adjustment with the feet type he has.
Comfort: With its superior Gore-Tex padding, the fluffy inside of Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTXfeels soft like airy sponges. So no matter how long you wear them, they won’t hurt or discomfort your feet. But the Gore-Tex padding is not popular for its soft and comfortable feel.
It is mostly known for its breathable mesh construction, which allows your feet to stay dry and cool all the time. So, matter what the situation is, you’ll always feel comfortable with the constant airflow inside your shoes, thanks to the superior Gore-Tex padding.
Support & Stability: Support and stability have everything to do with the shoe construction. They should be properly balanced both when on and off. The shaft, arch, heel, and platform measurements of this hiking boot are well-engineered from a pro shoe maker’s point of view, giving you a steady pair, ready for any situation and any terrain.
Although the arch support is not as you’d expect but it works very good for people with a normal arch and low arch. But high arch people can also use it because the dual density EVA footbed will give him a comfortable grip on the shoe, making a bend for your feet where necessary. Also, the ankle support is not that great.
Traction: The best way to describe the traction of Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX is just saying don’t wear it in snow or wet surfaces. It doesn’t have a good grip on those surfaces but in rocky terrain, it works fabulously well.
Weight: The second version of the Breeze series from Vasque can be called as a mid-weight boot. Depending on the shoe size, the weight will vary from 2-2.9 lbs.
Water Resistance: Yes, it’s waterproof. The Gothe re-Tex upper is the reason why you can wear it even in the most humid terrain.
Durability: The leather made upper is quite rugged and the mesh material on the upper prevents it from dampening. Besides, the upper its the lf is extremely abrasion-resistant. That’s why the upper will stay intact for years. But the problem is with its outsoles. The Vibram outsoles tend to wear off very quickly, as opposed to the original Vasque Breeze GTX.
Value: It is a mid-price range boot from Vasque, with lots of useful features to comfort you throughout your hike. Also, the upper is quite durable, but the sole may wear off. But if you wear boots occasionally and only in dry-rough terrain, this pair of boots will definitely provide you a good value for money.
2. Vasque ST Elias GTX Hiking Boot
If you want a backpacking boot made by a premium brand and durable construction, keeping the weight to a minimum, Vasque ST Elias GTX is for you.
Like its predecessor Vasque ST Elias, this one also maintained the premium support, comfort, durability, and waterproofness, along with other desirable features of a traditional backpacking boot. In this Vasque ST Elias GTX review, we’ll explain how did it managed to be durable and yet shredding few grams from its weight.
Fit: The fitting for this particular model is not ideal for Vasque’s standard. Many users complained that the fitting wasn’t right and so did we. The fitting problem is especially for those who have a wide fit. Even if they put it on, their feet will be squeezed.
Comfort: If we talk about comfort, Vasque St Elias is a champ. From its ankle support to dual density foam insole, everything is up to mark. When the shoe is laced snugly, its ankle collar sits comfortably without bothering too much. Tightening through the eyelets is very easy and also comfortable for long-term use. Considering the full grain upper, Vasque ST Elias GTX breathes well too.
Support & Stability: Vasque used lighter and suppler synthetic materials along with the full grain leather on the ankle. This design provides extreme lateral stability for user’s ankle as well as being pliable when flexing ahead.
Traction: The Vibram frontier Sole is something worth noticing in this particular pair. Like the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX, it also has a great grip over uneven tracks. But what makes it better than Vasque Breeze is its grip in wet surfaces. Although the wet grip is not top-notch and I won’t recommend it for wet and slippery surfaces, it’s undoubtedly better than most boots and certainly better than Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX.
Weight: This is where things get uncomfortable. Where most of the boots are around 2lbs, this one is nearly 3 lbs and even more, depending on the size. But the weight is worth it because the upper is rugged and the Vibram sole works even better.
Water Resistance: Its water resistance is better than most bag packing boots, which we found out by doing a wet-test on a big puddle of water. It was capable of preventing the water from reaching inside, keeping your feet fresh. Thanks to the Gore-Tex waterproof construction, you can walk now through a wet hill track without having to worry about your boots or your feet.
Durability: The upper is double sewn and the molded rubber cap toe in the upper add another dimension to the durability of this shoe. Besides, the upper is abrasion proof, making even more durable. But one potential concern for the users will be the eyelets for laces. Besides, the soft material from the EVA cushioning gets chewed up pretty easy, especially in rocky terrain but it doesn’t provide any functional issue.
Value: Depending on the size, this price will vary but initially, it is a mid-price range pair for those who want to prepare for every situation that may come. So, if you are that guy who goes to the mountain every once in a while, this is for you. But if you are someone who hikes occasionally, there are cheaper alternatives with lighter construction.
3. Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot
With efficient Molded Polyurethane midsole, Vibram outsole and EVA footbed, this Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX is another successful successor coming out of Vasque’s factory.
In this Vasque Mantra 2.0 review, we will explain how fitting works for this pair, how comfortable it is and how long it will last if we put it through extreme conditions.
Fit: Seeing for the very first time, you’ll realize that this is not like the previous two pair of boots that we featured here. Unlike them, it is for people who like low boots to carry and wear when they are on a hike or camp.
These low ones have laces too and they snug up pretty easily and efficiently. The speed lacing allows you to hop on road instantly along with giving you a proper fit. This is the reason why we and other users are satisfied with the fit. The tongue also sits comfortably on your feet, giving you enough room to adjust the fit.
Comfort: Like most of the Vasque boots, this one also comes with Gore-Tex lining to make it even more comfortable and breathable. The upper is made of nubuck leather and mesh material that allows constant air flow into the boots, keeping it dry and fresh all the time.
Support & Stability: The flexible sole and the leather upper make it a comfortable pair to wear. But the same qualities and the lack of reinforcement hinder support in rough terrain.
However, they have better ankle support and arch support to compensate for the overall stability of the boots. The Thermoplastic Polyurethane Stabilizer and the molded polyurethane midsole make it stable like a backpacking boot. But the lack of ankle support and arch support is an issue.
Traction: The Vibram Nuassi outsole is not that thick but it still gives the user a great experience in uneven terrain and wet surfaces. Its multi-shaped treads are not that deep but still capable of holding its ground for good.
Weight: This is one is a light pair of hike boot that we don’t see that often. Most of the time, these hike boots are tough and heavy so that it can protect your feet efficiently. But Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX is one of its kind that keeps your feet safe yet keeping a lightweight construction.
Water Resistance: Water resistance is not the strong suit for this comfy pair but it can still get you go for a walk near the river bank. However, I wouldn’t recommend this to you for regular wet-track uses.
Durability: The nubuck leather upper with its abrasion-resistant mesh material makes it a durable pair that you can rely on. The sole is attached with the upper perfectly, keeping the joint together for years of use. And about the sustainability in wet tracks, this might not be the best pick but you can definitely take a walk without getting the damp feeling inside.
Value: This is a low-price boot that is made for hiking but gives you stability like a backpacking boot. So, if you like low shoes to tag along in your tours, this might be the one.
4. Vasque Talus Ultradry Hiking Boot
With its Ultradry waterproof protection, Vasque Talus Ultradry hiking boot is a champion in waterproofing. Unlike any other books on this list, this one protects your feet much more efficiently from mud, water, and humid environment all day long. By the time you are done with this Vasque Talus Ultradry review, you’ll start loving it for sure.
Fit: This pair has a firm fitting factor that allows a superior fit regardless of the type of feet you have, narrow, wide, low arch, high arch or whatever.
The padding on the tongue, collar, and overall upper allows minimum distance from your feet and the shoe’s body, preventing you from tripping inside the boots. This firm-fit also helps you keep it on for hours, without bothering your feet too much.
Comfort: Despite having such fitting, there is no possible reason to think that the overall comfort is compromised. The mesh overlay on the collar allows air to get inside and keep your feet dry. Therefore, it’s evident that Vasque didn’t compromise in this part.
Support & Stability: Vasque Talus Ultradry has a narrow heel cup with a toe box, which keeps your feet firmly placed in one place. This ensures your feet don’t get displaced every time you jump or rush on a rough terrain.
The laces are properly positioned so that your mid-foot gives you stability while climbing a steep mountain. Its shank is stiff enough for adventurous and longer walks but that doesn’t mean it discomforts you in regular walks. Its Polyurethane outsole is stouter than the squishy EVA foam which makes it suitable for carrying some weight.
Traction: The sticky Vibram outsole is a great addition to the functioning upper to match any situation. The rubber outsole is well-equipped with different shapes of treads to give you better traction in uneven tracks.
Upon testing, we also found out that it has a good traction over wet surfaces too. And unlike other outsoles, they don’t wear off so quickly.
Weight: This pair will weigh around 2 lbs. depending on the sizes. In this sense, it can easily pass as a mid-weight boot. Despite being a low collar boot, this one can hold some weight with it.
Water Resistance: As I’ve mentioned before, this one uses Ultradry waterproof protection that keeps them dry and fresh on the inside, even when you are constantly coming across puddles of water throughout the day. If we had to compare, we would say that the waterproofing is better than most of the boots we featured here.
Durability: Unlike other ones on this Vasque boots review list, this one is almost a full-leather, which means comparative fewer stitches and seams. At the first glance on the upper from the front, you’ll feel like you’re looking at a seamless pair of boots.
And as you know, the fewer seams your boot got, the lower the chances for them to rip apart. In this sense, Vasque Talus Ultradry hiking boot is an extremely durable pair. But after few months of rough use, the leather may wear off, especially if you don’t clean it after you return home.
Value: This is another mid to low-price boots that you can tag along anywhere, whether it is dusty desserts or muddy riverbank. So if you are a hiking and traveling enthusiast, this one is a great deal for you.
5. Vasque Breeze III GTX Men's Hiking Boot
To be honest, this Vasque Breeze III review won’t do justice if we ought to describe its superior built quality, proper cushioning, ample room for breathability, unparalleled traction, etc. among other excellent feats. At the very first glance, you know you are about to get a premium experience with this pair.
Fit: The laces are efficient in keeping your feet firmly covered by the upper, without stressing it too much. The Arc Tempo last has the asymmetric curve & medium volume heel for the fitting higher arch.
Comfort: Waterproof nubuck leather & airmesh material with the GORE-TEX Extended Comfort lining gives users a premium comfort. Also to keep your feet fresh and dry, there are ventilation spots on the toe and heel region, which gives ample space for air flow. But lack of cushioning in the tongue is a consideration for long time users.
Support & Stability: You get proper arch support and ankle support with this pair, along with unmatched stability for the smooth walking experience. The tapered toe box & slightly rockered shoe construction allows comfortable gait on rough and uneven terrains.
Its Dual-density EVA midsoles with molded Thermoplastic Polyurethane plate chassis also help you get the support you need, along with torsional rigidity.
Traction: The Vibram Contact rubber outsole is one of a kind. It gives you a sticky grip over any surface, even on wet tracks. At first, we didn’t believe it can be that good. But after the evaluation test, there was no doubt that it has a better traction compared to the rest of this list.
Weight: Although it is not a low shank boot, it managed to keep its weight around 2 lbs, making it suitable for carrying around. Besides walking is also easy when your boot doesn’t restrain you back.
Water Resistance: Water resistance is like any other Gore-Tex featured boots, average. But it’s not a bad thing. The waterproofing of this particular pair is enough to get you through a few puddles of water. And once the leather is dried, no one would be able to tell that your boot was wet the whole night.
Durability: Durability is one of the most important factors for any hiker or traveler in choosing a pair of boots for his next big adventure. But this one is already a winner for surviving in extreme conditions where all the other boots seized to exist. The overall built quality and material used in it ensures its durability to an extent.
Value: This one is a bit pricey compared to others on this list. But the value compensates for its high price. However, there are some cheap alternatives for this one but none of them is capable of giving you a complete package like Vasque Breeze III GTX hiking boot.
Vasque Boots Buying Guide
Your Money and time that you spent on this pair of boot will be worthless if your boot doesn’t fit you. So in order to ensure the fitting, you’ll need to check the size chart and decide which size you should go for.
Here is the comparison chart for shoes, featuring USA, British, and European sizes.
But sometimes size chart can be problematic, especially if you have a unique foot-shape. For example, if your feet are too wide, then the size that goes with your foot’s length, won’t be the best pick. Because these boots are made by keeping the general foot-shape in mind. So for wide feet, you may need to go with a size over.
Again, if you have very narrow feet, the regular size depending on your foot’s length will be a disaster. You’ll start tripping inside your own shoe. But you cannot buy a size smaller because it won’t fit you. In such cases, additional inserts will help you.
So, before you pick a size, make sure you consider your arch, width and overall shape of your feet. This will help you get the best fit for your shoes.
Vasque has quite a few options to choose from.
Firstly, Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Boot has Slate Brown/Russet Orange, Bungee Cord/Pesto, and Castlerock/Solar Power colors to choose from Amazon. But if you want to buy it from Vasque’s own website, you can pick from Brown Olive/Pesto, Magnet/Yellow, and Brown Olive/Bungee Cord.
For Vasque Men's St. Elias Gore-Tex Backpacking Boot, you have Slate Brown/Beluga and Bungee Cord/Neutral Gray to choose from Amazon. Same color options are available on their own website.
On Amazon, you’ll get only Beluga/Old Gold color option for Vasque Men's Mantra 2.0 Gore-Tex Hiking Boot. But Beluga/Rooibos Tea and Dark earth/Chili Pepper Colors are available on Vasque’s site
Unlike other boots, Vasque Talus Ultradry hiking boot only comes in Turkish Coffee/Chili Pepper in both Amazon and their official site.
And for Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots, there are three color options available on Amazon and vasque.com. These are Brown Olive / Bungee Cord, Magent / Yellow, and Brown Olive / Pesto.
Vasque boots are available in almost every big online platforms. You can buy it from Amazon, eBay, Walmart, etc. Or you can just go their official website to purchase the boots you like.
However, we would recommend you to buy from Amazon because they usually promote these boots by running buyer-friendly offers and great great deals. For example, Amazon is offering a sale-price on particular options of Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Boots.
eBay also manages to get this type of deals every once in a while. But Amazon offers the lowest price for these boots, even lower than Vasque’s own platform. That’s why Amazon is more convenient for people who are willing to buy these boots at a cheap price.
In the end, we had to give our honest opinion about the boot we think is worthy of being called “the best Vasque boots” and that’s what we are going to do. But before we give you our top pick, you should remember that this selection that we made is for general boot users who like to hike and travel every once in a while. However, depending on your need and your lifestyle “the best Vasque Boot” may change.
Having said that we pick Vasque Breeze III GTX hiking boot as our winner in today’s Vasque boots review countdown.
There was no second thought about the fact that it had the most secure and fitting construction along with unmatched traction due to its Vibram Contact outsole. Also, this one has a premium look, which tells you instantly that you are going for the right one.
Overall, the comfort, built quality, breathability, traction, and everything else about this Vasque Breeze III GTX Hiking boot is superior to others on our list. No wonder why it is a favorite amongst both hikers and travelers.