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Vasque Reviews

Talus Trek Low UltraDry™
Talus Trek Low UltraDry™ Posted: 9/23/16
Reviewer: Lisa from Central Coast, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've held off reviewing these Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry shoes until I could give them a good road test as I have found shoes that sometimes fit at first begin to cause problems later on. After a solid 3 month road test, I can finally say that I have found a shoe that I can rely on. I even ordered a second pair that I'm saving as a back-up since manufacturers (I'm talking to you Keen and New Balance)tend to change shoes that work for my feet into ones that don't or discontinue my favorites. My experience so far out of the box: Fit: I have a very wide toe box, narrowish heels and wear custom orthotics. The wide width work for me. I always have to order 1/2 size up to accommodate my orthotics and that was the case with these. I do agree with another reviewer that the heels are a little wide but I found some lacing techniques on the internet to address that for me. People with really narrow heels may find it difficult to get a good fit. Comfort: Not only do I have oddly shaped feet, they're rife with problems (Morton's neuroma, very high arches, bouts of plantar fascitis). A stiff sole is a requirement for me and these shoes have a good one but not so much that after 10 hours of wear, I'm dying to get out of them. Utility: I need an all-terrain type of shoe as I walk 5-8 miles regularly across concrete, asphalt, ungroomed and groomed dirt trails with uneven, slippery surfaces, beaches, hills, etc. If I were to go on really rough terrain, I'd consider getting the high top boots in this model for more ankle support but this style provides good support and grip. I haven't fully tested the waterproofness of these but have dipped them a bit in the ocean and stayed dry. The waterproofing tends to make these a warmer shoe but since I live in a year-round temperate climate, that's not been an issue for me. Wearing wool socks helps. They aren't the most attractive shoes and do make my feet look kinda large but I've had such trouble finding comfortable walking shoes lately that I'll live with that. I'd like more colors (perhaps black...maybe it's more slimming?). For me, this is an almost perfect shoe and suspect that it will be long wearing based on my experience so far.

Monolith Low
Monolith Low Posted: 9/21/16
Reviewer: from Florida
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

They run very small, and the wide isn't very wide. Not much support either, feels like there no shoe liner at all. The Vasque Mantra is much more comfortable and runs truer to size.

Mantra 2.0
Mantra 2.0 Posted: 9/20/16
Reviewer: Bill Hughes from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes are built like a tank and look fairly decent too. However, if you're looking for something that can go with a pair of Dockers, these aren't it. (Look at Echo, Rockport, et al instead.) They are not at all dressy. Also, there is very little cushioning or support, so you will likely need to add aftermarket insoles.

Mantra 2.0 GTX
Mantra 2.0 GTX Posted: 9/20/16
Reviewer: Craig from Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I always buy waterproof hiking shoes due to using them every day to walk my two dogs. These were also nice looking, but not super exciting and having owned Vasque before, know they are good quality. I was surprised just how comfortable they were right out of the box. I did a two hour hike with them and my feet felt great after. I highly recommend these.

St. Elias GTX
St. Elias GTX Posted: 9/20/16
Reviewer: Paul from CA
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I was not crazy about this boot when it arrived, but I decided to give them a chance. They were particularly stiff and hard to break in, with a nagging pinch on the top of my foot that never really went away. Oddly, they kept breaking laces, which ultimately did them in. I went through, I kid you not, four laces in three months of a very light work load (during my slow season), so it's not like I was busting the laces from pushing them too hard. Still a mystery. At any rate, given the relative discomfort and the laces and stitching that had begun to unravel along the side of one of the boots, I gave up and returned them for a different boot. Not a good boot, in my opinion.

Monolith Low
Monolith Low Posted: 9/19/16
Reviewer: Diane from Louisiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great hiking shoe! I wore it for 7 days walking trails in the Canadian Rockies. Very comfortable and supportive. I did not have a heavy pack so a shoe was great - no need for a real boot. Did not require any breaking in either - was comfortable straight out of the box.

Grand Traverse
Grand Traverse Posted: 9/15/16
Reviewer: Susan O'Hara from Phoenix, Arizona
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I stick with Vasque because I know they will fit and are comfortable. These shoes didn't disappoint. They look great, no break-in necessary, and fit as other Vasque shoes do. I have a narrow foot and with lacing up snuggly, these support my feet very well. These will be great for light hikes, arboretums, botanical gardens, city walking, etc.

Grand Traverse
Grand Traverse Posted: 9/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The fit, style, and feel of this shoe are excellent. I usually where a size 8M and the 8M in this shoe fit just fine - like my other Vasque hiking and winter boots. My feet feel nicely supported in the them - but the shoe arch is not so high that it hurts. Also, there's a nice amount of room in the toe box. The Vibram bottom is nice and sticky - so I won't worry about slipping on rocks or sidewalks.

Mantra 2.0 GTX
Mantra 2.0 GTX Posted: 9/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I adore these hiking shoes. I work in Construction Management and love to hike, so I was able to get these shoes for two purposes which is awesome considering the price. If you looking for a sturdy, waterproof, good sole then these are highly recommended. I'm always between 6.5 to 7 (mostly 7 because of my wide feet), but I was definitely a 6.5 in this shoe, the 7's were too big.

Monolith Low
Monolith Low Posted: 9/3/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These definitely run small in length. I ordered a Mens 11 wide. The label on the tongue and the box both said 11 wide. But, when I pulled the foam insole insert out and found it was labeled 10.5, I stopped wondering if I was going crazy because the shoes felt tight! Returned the "11" and ordered 11.5 wide which fits me like all the other 11 wides I've ever owned. The soles are not the foam cushy kind, which means they will probably will wear longer that the air filled soles available on some shoes, but they are a little less cushy on my soles than other shoes. Overall I like the shoes, but I only paid around $80 with a coupon, not sure Id keep them at the $109 regular price. Zappos was great to deal with on the exchange, they handled that great.

Mantra 2.0 GTX
Mantra 2.0 GTX Posted: 9/1/16
Reviewer: Deborah Norberg from AZ in winter, WA in summer
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I found this Mantra 2.0 gtx hiking shoe to be of the same or better quality as my first pair of Mantra gtx. The width and length also seem the same to me (I ordered a 9M both times, although I wear a 9.5 in a street shoe.) Alas, they are also just as ugly, but so sturdy on the trail!

Juxt
Juxt Posted: 8/31/16
Reviewer: from colorado springs
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

used to buy vasque velocity. it is no longer available, but the Juxt looked to be close. It is very comfortable (like the velocity), but the heel falls apart quickly. I bought a couple pairs, and will probably only get a year out of them.

Breeze 2.0
Breeze 2.0 Posted: 8/18/16
Reviewer: Christie Ski from Berkshires, Massachusetts
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

When you try to fix something that is not broken, you inevitably ruin it. This is what has happened to the Vasque breeze. We have gone through three pairs over the years of the previous version. This new version is awful. Unfortunately, we will be seeking a different boot from a different manufacture like Lowe. These are going by the wayside just like Merrell did when they did away with two grommet boots. Have not bought another pair of Merrell's since. Yes these boots are lighter. But, at the cost of comfort. Vasque has cut corners wherever they can. There is significantly less padding. The boots are shorter and narrower. Even the shoelaces are shorter. My feet and body are not happy with these boots . And we hikers know, if your feet are not happy, you are not happy. These boots are no longer for serious I hikers. Vasque please bring back the previous style.

Talus Ultradry™
Talus Ultradry™ Posted: 8/18/16
Reviewer: Jessica Strick from Oakland, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really like these boots. They're comfortable, supportive, with a good grippy tread, but still light and not clunky. They do seem to run narrow and short. I ended up having to get the next half size up.

Sundowner GTX
Sundowner GTX Posted: 8/17/16
Reviewer: from Fairbanks, Alaska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The boots feel great! Love the fit and the classic styling. Highly recommend a pair of them.

Mantra 2.0
Mantra 2.0 Posted: 8/15/16
Reviewer: from Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great walking shoes. Very comfortsble grom the beginning. Git perfectly.

Breeze 2.0 GTX
Breeze 2.0 GTX Posted: 8/14/16
Reviewer: Cindy from Tampa, Florida
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This feels like a nice solid shoe; however, I have a narrow foot and the toe box is way too narrow - toes feel squished together. I wish Vasque would make a boot with a toe box that is shaped like a person's foot.

Sundowner GTX
Sundowner GTX Posted: 8/13/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

After reading all the reviews, positive and negative, I decided to take a chance on this pair. These are now made in Vietnam. Don't know how it compares to the Italian made shoes that Vasque previously offered but quality wise, I would say it is a tad less well-made than my Lowa Renegades and Jambu Flex Climbers. Style is very nice. The shoes made my wide feet appear narrow and the red oak color should go well with a lot of colors. Shoes are a bit stiff coming out of the box but may just need breaking in as some have said. All things considered, am quite satisfied with this pair and look forward to bringing them along on some walking trips that I have planned.

Breeze 2.0 Low GTX
Breeze 2.0 Low GTX Posted: 8/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Thanks to Zappos selection and purchase/exchange policies I was able to order 5 shoes all at once in order to select the one with the best fit for my needs. All were 8 W to accommodate bunions, neuroma, and severe pronation. I also need to use a different insole or an orthodic. Of the two hiking shoes from Vasque that I tried, both were too narrow for me, even in the wide. The Breeze was narrower, and felt shorter, than the Mantra. I wish that the Mantra had fit as it felt like it had the best construction and support. I ended up purchasing the Merrill Moab WTPF and will replace the insole with Superfeet.

Mantra 2.0
Mantra 2.0 Posted: 8/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This was the hiking shoe that had the qualities that I wanted, but the wide was too narrow for my foot. While it felt quite supportive, I was afraid that it would rub too much on my bunion. I recommend this shoe for anyone looking for a well made, supportive hiking shoe who doesn't require more width. Thanks to Zappos selection and purchase/exchange policies I was able to order 5 shoes all at once in order to select the one with the best fit for my needs.

Grand Traverse
Grand Traverse Posted: 8/3/16
Reviewer: Kory from Vail, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've had these shoes for about 3 years and love them. They are great for short day hikes and just to wear in general. I would not recommend these shoes on long hikes but they are great on short to mid-range hikes. Usually I have a problem with wearing the soles off of shoes, however, with these I have had little to no wear of the soles.

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