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GORE-TEX waterproof construction with Performance Comfort Technology
2.3mm Waterproof Nubuck leather upper
Dual Density EVA footbed
A.S.E Midsole with EVA Cushioning Pods
Vasque Exclusive Vibram Frontier rubber outsole
Heavy-duty backpacking performance is lightened up with a weight-optimized Vibram outsole.
10.5 D(M) US
Bungee Cord/Neutral Gray
St. Elias GTX-M
10.5 D(M) US
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
(Update Below) I'll start off by saying that writing a boot review that focuses on fit is almost impossible. Every foot is different and high-end boot manufacturers all have components that are unique to them. If at all possible, any pair of boots bought online need to be tried on in advance unless you're super confident of the brand and the return policy is solid. And in the case of Amazon, I'd say the return policy is rock solid.
I'm a pretty serious hiker and backpacker and have worn many brands in the past. For the past four years or so I'd moved exclusively to AKU which is a Romanian based company. I'd also exclusively worn mixed material hikers and boots. These were my first pair of all leather boots because, living in a warmer environment, I'd always been a bit reluctant due to the lack of breathability. But I'm glad to say I've had NO problem with the St. Elias' being too hot on my feet.
While I wouldn't recommend these if someone is exclusively doing day...
This was my second effort at ordering hiking boots from Amazon. I missed the size on the first effort but the return was so easy that I decided to try one more time. Searching through all of the boots available I stumbled across this Vasque and was shocked to find a narrow size (hard to find) for my low volume foot. All of the other specs were exactly what I was looking for and I am especially happy with the metal eyelets and the speed lacing opportunity. I am an older man who is getting back on the AT after many years off so I spent many weeks of research, both online and in the stores, and am convinced that Vasque is among the best and, of course, the Amazon price was already great and they were giving another 25% off at the time.
The shoes were comfortable straight out of the box especially with my omni wool socks. Note the absence of loops on the heel. The tongue opens up so much that your foot steps right in with no friction to mess with your socks so there is no...
The Vasque St. Elias GTX is a great boot. It is a very sturdy and solid hiking boot - definitely not a gym shoe type feel. It is comfortable right out of the box and has a good snug fit at the ankles. Not a light weight boot but not as heavy as Danner Lights or others of that type. When ordering, I took the advise of several reviewers and ordered a half size down and got size 10W. This was a mistake. I could get the boot on easily but my toes were bunched together. (These have a tapered toe box which make them narrow at the toes.) I sent it back and exchanged for my normal size 10.5W and that was also too tight. I sent those back and got size 11W and they fit perfectly. (Gotta love Amazon's easy-simple return policy!) It must be all that Gore-Tex padding in there taking up room and the narrow toe box. With the size 11W I have room to wiggle my toes. Don't hesitate. Buy these boots but get a half size bigger than your normal size. Add a Super Feet insole and you will love them.
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