Vasque Talus XT GTX notable features

-This waterproof hiking boot from Vasque features the Gore-Tex membrane that offers superior protection against rain or water, abrasion-resistant mesh for breathable protection, and a 2.0 mm upper that is meant to survive harsh conditions.

-It's also equipped with the Vibram Mega Nuasi outsole with the MegaGrip compound that delivers advanced traction on varying terrains. 

Size and fit

The Vasque Talus XT GTX is an ankle-high hiking boot available in different widths. It has a slightly roomy toe box that promotes freedom of movement and gives extra room to accommodate thick socks. And since it's a leather boot, this model conforms nicely to the foot, resulting in a secure fit after a quick break-in period. 

For its closure system, the Talus XT GTX uses a traditional lace-up closure with three sets of metal quick hooks at the top for easy fit adjustment. They feature a nice “catch” that locks the laces in place as they pass through the opening. Meanwhile, the paracord-style laces stay put when tied and releases easily as the wearer pulls off the boot.


This hiking boot from Vasque has an outsole exclusively designed by Vibram. It contains the Megagrip compound - a sticky rubber that works well on dry and wet surfaces. The aggressive tread pattern promotes maximum grip on flat, rocky terrain, and muddy ground. The lugs on the center are multidirectional which allows the shoe to bite into different surfaces. There are also enough spaces between the lugs that help prevent mud and large debris from sticking.


This heavy-duty hiking boot has a midsole made from polyurethane (PU). It is a polymer mostly in the form of flexible foam that is widely used in performance footwear products. While PU tends to be heavier than EVA, it is undoubtedly more durable. What's more, it doesn't get compressed over time which means it offers long-lasting cushioning and support. Hiking shoes and boots with PU midsoles are highly resistant to abrasion and have excellent long-term mechanical properties.

For added comfort, this boot also comes with a dual-density EVA footbed.


The shoe upper is made of quality leather and performance mesh. Lining the interior is the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort waterproof membrane that seals water out. Completing the upper is a traditional lace-up closure with three additional hooks at the top for a secure and adjustable fit.


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