Verdict from 24 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Instant comfort: Hikers say that the Saga GTX LTR from Vasque is quite pampering right from the get-go.
  • Watertight: Dry tootsies are yours in this relentlessly waterproof backpacking boot.
  • Breathable: For a boot with a Gore-Tex liner, this hiker is quite ventilated.
  • Sticky: Its grip level is phenomenal, whether on dry ground or slippery slopes.
  • Supportive: This Vasque shoe is a godsend for those who have weak ankles.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Frail laces: Almost everyone who has given this boot 3 stars out of 5 (or lower) says that its laces break easily.
  • Tricky access: It has been reported that slipping inside the Saga GTX LTR can be a real uphill battle.

Bottom line

If you are so over with tired feet after days of adventuring with a loaded pack, the Saga GTX LTR just might be the solution you need. Armed with rugged- and weather-ready features, this Vasque piece will re-energize your steps from sunrise to sundown. It is a svelte beast, yes, but once your tootsies are inside it, thrilling treks await!

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Good to know

  • Designed for treks in challenging terrain, the Vasque Saga GTX latest model features a full-grain leather upper for extra protection against abrasion, scuffing, and water intrusion. The water-repellent body is reinforced by a Goretex membrane for maximum protection.
  • It's powered by Vibram Megagrip outsole that promises superior grip and traction on all types of terrain. It also features the Dual-Density ATC midsole with TPU shank for enhanced comfort and support.

With uppers that are made entirely of leather, the Vasque Saga GTX LTR hiking boots are meant to take on the shape of the wearer's feet, although some break-in period is required. It's a high-top model which means it offers plenty of coverage above the ankle. They also feature a traditional lace-up closure with metal D-rings and eyelets for a secure fit. 

The Vasque Saga GTX LTR is equipped with the Vibram® Contact Grip outsole which is designed for all types of terrain, from the dry, packed ground to loose dirt, muddy trails, and rocky edges. It features aggressive lugs that bite into different surfaces, including wet and slippery trails.

These boots are meant for long-distance adventures, such as backpacking. Thus, they have very supportive footbeds made of a dual-density midsole. This means that some areas are softer and more flexible than the others, giving the wearer support and comfort where they are most needed. Between the midsole and the outsole is a TPU shank for midfoot support.

TPU stands for Thermoplastic Polyurethane - a very tough material with some very helpful qualities, such as abrasion and oil resistance, and flexibility. Shanks provide boots support, strength, and flexibility. It also helps with the proper bending of the boot at the toe area.

Furthermore, the Saga GTX LTR comes with a high-rebound anatomical footbed for plush comfort.

The shoe upper is made with 2.0 mm-thick full-grain leather, except for the collar which is made of Nappa leather. Lining the interior is the Goretex Extended Comfort waterproof membrane. Completing the upper is a lace-up closure that extends up to the ankle and allows the wearer to achieve a personalized fit. There's a rubber toe cap for added protection and durability, and a pull tab in the back for easy slipping on-and-off.


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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.