Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Vasque Mantra 2.0 delivered straight-out-of-the-box comfort, as testified by an abundance of outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Heaps of owners were surprised about how well this hiking shoe performed on trails and daily activities.
  • Despite its rugged look, it did not require breaking in at all, as exclaimed by an army of hikers.
  • A bunch of users gave the breathability of the Mantra 2.0 a thumbs up.
  • Its low-cut design did not hinder it from being supportive, as noted by a lot of grateful wearers.
  • A considerable number of online buyers commented that it fits perfectly.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Mantra 2.0 hiking shoe from Vasque left several brand loyalists upset when the toe cap started to peel off too soon.
  • Based on a good number of user reviews, it had poor traction on wet surfaces.

Bottom line

The Vasque Mantra 2.0 proved that a low-cut hiking shoe can deliver on trails in terms of support, breathability, and comfort. What it missed to address though, as testified, is traction on wet grounds. Everything considered, the satisfying good points of the Vasque Mantra 2.0 still makes it a likable hiking shoe, however, it may be best to use it on dry grounds.

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Good to know

  • The Vasque Mantra 2.0 is updated to work with hikers who prefer a low-cut gear offering the support of a boot. Its upper is made of durable nubuck leather with breathable mesh panels to create a balance between durability and breathability.
  • Acting as a unit, the polyurethane midsole (with TPU stabilizer) and Vibram outsole render a cushioned and supportive ride. The compound used in the outsole makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

The Mantra 2.0 caters to male and female hikers. It comes in regular sizes, and in standard and wide width options too. It fairly runs true to size.

This low-cut day hiking shoe is built on Vasque's Perpetuum last. It is formed on a straighter line which caters to those with a flat foot. Its broader toe box and tapered instep render a propulsive and friction-free stride, respectively. Its lacing system allows fit customization.

The outsole of this day hiking shoe is Vibram Nuasi made of XS Trek compound. Its profile enables it to bite on most types of terrain. It has multidirectional lugs which enhance ground sensitivity. Its lightweight and non-marking characteristic, on the other hand, makes it suitable for indoor use.

The Vasque Mantra 2.0 uses a molded polyurethane midsole to provide long-lasting cushioning. It is integrated with a thermoplastic urethane (TPU) midfoot stabilizer to yield stability when tackling uneven terrain. Comfort is enhanced by the removable dual-density EVA footbed.

The upper is made of 1.8 mm thick nubuck leather with panels of breathable and abrasion resistant mesh. Aside from providing its rugged look, the leather construction also gives this shoe durability, flexibility, and water resistance.

The lacing system of this low-cut hiking shoe uses webbing and plated eyelets. The men’s version includes a closed hook and an additional webbing eyelet. Its cuff and tongue are padded for comfort, and the pull loop at the back of the foot aids in on and off. A strip of leather is added to the toe and heel for protection.

  • Another shoe from Vasque that's breathable is the Juxt shoe.


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