Vasque - Sundowner Classic GTX

Vasque - Sundowner Classic GTX

England, Mike
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VASQUE - Red Wing, MN
Sundowner Classic GTX - $165
www.vasque.com
800-224-4453

Few things are as important to an elk hunter as a good pair of boots. For my money, you can’t go wrong with the Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX. Although it’s not designed specifically for hunting, its moderate weight, waterproofness, out-of-the-box comfort, and torsional rigidity make it ideal for traipsing off-trail in search of game. Guiding elk hunts in the Anaconda Range last fall, I wore the Sundowner by itself in the dryness of September and through the muddy conditions of October, then added a pair of gators for the high-country snows of November—and never once had cold or wet feet to contend with. Some hunters prefer a camo pattern on their boots, but the Sundowner’s old-school brown leather worked fine for me. The burly Skywalk sole gave me plenty of traction over rough and rocky terrain, but was also comfortable on long trail walks. The only beef I had was that maintenance on the boots (always necessary after a few hunts in rugged country) took more work than usual, as the coated leather seemed to repel my usual liquid and spray-on moisturizing/re-waterproofing agents. But after some trial-and-error, I found that restorative gel and cream work just fine.
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