Who should buy the Vasque Clarion ‘88

American footwear brand Vasque reintroduced the Clarion ‘88 equipped with features ready for the modern demands of warm, dry hikes. It is ideal for: 

  • outdoor lovers who want a vintage-looking shoe that combines durability and performance
  • individuals who like a breathable pair of footgear for their summer hikes

Vasque Clarion ‘88 brand logo

Vasque’s Clarion ‘88 wears a durable Vibram outsole

This mid-cut hiking boot features a Vibram Winkler outsole. This material is made of XS Trek compound which creates a balance between durability and grip. 

Vasque Clarion ‘88 Vibram outsole
Its opposing chevron lugs bite into uneven terrain, and the angled boots in the toe and heel areas assist on uphill and downhill slopes. It also has an aggressive heel brake.

Vasque Clarion ‘88 chevron lugs

Clarion ‘88 from Vasque comes with a sturdy midsole

The Vasque Clarion ‘88 has a bi-density EVA midsole. This material absorbs shock from ground impacts and provides lightweight cushioning. It is partnered with an anatomical high rebound footbed for a more comfortable and supportive ride. 

Vasque Clarion ‘88 heel support

The TPU heel clip, on the other hand, renders stability.

Vasque Clarion ‘88 heel clip

Vasque’s hard-wearing upper

Vasque Clarion ‘88 suede leather upper

The upper of the Clarion ‘88 uses an abrasion-resistant fabric. It has suede overlays in areas that are more prone to scrapes and wear. This layout delivers a durable, flexible and breathable build. Inside the boot is a moisture-wicking lining and foam which yields a cozy feel.

Vasque Clarion ‘88 lacing system

Its lacing system is comprised of D-rings and open hooks with a flat lace. It also has a cushioned tongue and collar for comfort.

Vasque Clarion ‘88 cushioned tongue and collar

Facts / Specs

Weight: 22.2oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Vintage / Orthotic friendly / Breathable / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Vasque
Construction: Vintage

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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.