Who should buy the Vasque St. Elias GTX

The men’s Vasque St. Elias GTX hiking boots are definitely ones to consider if you are seeking:

  • a solid, well made, comfortable backpacking boot made to go a distance on rough terrain
  • a boot that would perform well with both light and heavier loads and provide great ankle protection
  • waterproof yet breathable boots

Vasque St. Elias GTX comfortable

Vasque’s exclusive durable outsole

The Vasque Exclusive Vibram Frontier with XSTrek Compound is resistant to abrasions and therefore, enhances the long-term durability of the backpacking boot. The technology works in synergy with the lug pattern on the outsole to provide sufficient traction and prevent slippage on wet surfaces or dangerous slopes.

Vasque St. Elias GTX outsole

Sufficient cushioning

The A.S.E. midsole, along with the EVA pods in the heel and forefoot, provides cushioning. It is soft, responsive, long-lasting, and resilient to concentrated forces.

Vasque St. Elias GTX cushion

The combination distributes impact evenly over the whole surface area. It reduces the risk of damage at a single point, thereby increasing the capability of the footgear to hike over longer distances with efficiency.

Extra stiffness and support on St. Elias GTX

The TPU shank is placed between the outsole and midsole. It reinforces the structure and diminishes the load on the foot and calf. The feature adds stiffness to the backpacking boot, thereby shielding the foot from puncture injuries and bruises from rocks caused by stubbing.

Premium leather upper

The upper features the waterproof oiled nubuck leather for a neat look and a supportive fit. The material is known for its long-term durability.

Vasque St. Elias GTX upper

Breathable lining

The footwear houses the Gore-Tex lining for water protection. In addition to protecting the foot from any unwanted moisture, it has windproofness and breathability.

Vasque St. Elias GTX breathable

Vasque’s superb protection

The Vasque St. Elias GTX has a mid-cut design to provide additional support and protection to the ankle, reducing the risk of its twisting on steep slopes or rough terrains.

Vasque St. Elias GTX support

The reinforced rubber toe rand provides additional protection to the toes against small rocks and protrusions encountered on the way. 

Vasque St. Elias GTX protection

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 695g / Women 581g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Vasque

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.