Verdict from 5 experts and +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Its waterproofness was admirable, according to a number of satisfied users.
  • Numerous owners said that the traction worked well.
  • The majority admired the classic look of the Vasque Sundowner GTX.
  • Most verified purchasers commented that they appreciated the comfort provided by the Sundowner GTX.
  • Some outdoor enthusiasts liked its low weight.

5 reasons not to buy

  • According to a high percentage of disheartened wearers, the Vasque Sundowner GTX needed a significant time to break in.
  • It runs small, based on many customer reviews.
  • The quality of the Sundowner GTX declined tremendously, as stated by a lot of brand enthusiasts.
  • Plenty of online buyers thought that they had wasted their money on the Vasque Sundowner GTX.
  • Scores of owners were dismayed when the sole of the boot separated from the rest of the boot too soon.

Bottom line

The brand’s revamp of the longstanding Sundowner GTX certainly gathered mixed reviews. It received appreciation for its waterproofing, grip and retro look. However, this time, the cons exceeded its pros. The reputation of this backpacking boot was severely tarnished when hikers experienced subpar workmanship, inaccurate fit and sizing and its requirement of a lengthy break-in period. All in all, the Vasque Sundowner GTX may have reached the sunset of its lifetime.

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Good to know

  • The revamped Vasque Sundowner GTX still features a one-piece leather construction which maintains its classic look. It now has an S.B Foot leather backed with a Gore-Tex lining for a balance of durability and breathability.
  • It is equipped with the Vasque Pyrenees outsole, a modern-day replication of the original sole. It features an aggressive lug pattern for ground traction.
  • The cushioning from the midsole and insole comes from a polyurethane foam. The TPU stabilizer yields rigidity.
  • The sole unit has a rockered profile. It facilitates a more efficient stride.

The Vasque Sundowner GTX is a backpacking boot for men and women. It comes in regular sizes and is shaped using the Sundowner last. Its straight-lined design includes a low volume at the heel to keep the foot in place. This construction prevents unnecessary movement inside the boot, reducing friction or hot spots. Additionally, this boot comes in standard and wide widths.

Using the brand-owned Pyrenees rubber outsole, the Sundowner GTX offers traction on most terrain types. It has self-cleaning lugs to prevent mud from building up on the sole. A cambered heel and slightly curved toe area work together to promote a smoother stride.

This mid-cut backpacking boot features a polyurethane (PU) foam midsole. This brings a comfortable environment through its lightweight cushioning and durability. Vasque also added a TPU midfoot stabilizer to prevent twisting of the foot.

The Vasque Sundowner GTX uses a 2.4 mm S.B Foot leather. Its one-piece construction means fewer seams for greater comfort and durability. Underneath is a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate for breathability and waterproofing. It also offers modest insulation.

The shoe has a traditional closure consisting of D-rings, speed hooks and flat laces. This set enables a straightforward and fast lacing up.


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