Wasatch GTX Backpacking Boots - VASQUE

Wasatch GTX Backpacking Boots - VASQUE

Bass, Rick
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They’re not perfect—the Vasque Wasatch GTX Backpacking boots—but I’m pretty sure they’re the best boots I’ve worn yet. For years I’ve been trying to find a pair of boots that are truly waterproof, and all have failed miserably, usually in the most inconvenient of circumstances: deep snow, cold day, tired, and a long way from home. Reaching deep to find anything even remotely problematic with these fine boots, all I can come up with is the bootlaces, which tend to come untied, even when double-knotted.

Because these boots are so heavy and well put-together, they provide great protection and support for misplaced steps, rock- and stump-banging; they’re like a flak jacket for the feet. I’d be interested in seeing if such quality could be maintained with a higher top—low-cut as they are, gaiters are required in even a light snow or in hiking through a frosted field—but perhaps that extra material would simply make the boot too heavy.

I think if I make a better effort to keep the snow brushed from them in the field—in the mountains—I can keep them dry all day, every day. It’s a good thing that I like them, because as sturdy as they are, I think I’ll be wearing them a long time. $160; vasque.com.
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