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90 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Backpacking TV

    I took these boots to Papua New Guinea with me—through wet, sloppy, difficult conditions—and these things performed amazingly.

  • 95 / 100 | PaoloFrancesco99

    It can do well for day hikes as well as backpacking.

  • 84 / 100 | Gear Institute

    The Vasque Saga GTX is a great boot for people who prefer to backpack in more of a light hiking boot, than the heavy leather boots of the old days.

  • 100 / 100 | OutdoorsNW

    Creating the perfect balance between weight and protection is the ultimate chal­lenge for any hiking boot, and the Saga GTX offers both.

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Updates to Vasque Saga GTX

  • Vasque’s Saga GTX is designed for quick-paced treks in the mountains and other challenging trails. This supportive backpacking boot is made lightweight and breathable, thanks to its mostly mesh upper. It also helps trekkers tackle the damp and the wet with its Gore-Tex waterproof liner.
  • The boot’s ATC midsole is the response to the cushioning and ground protection demands of exploring in the wild for days. The Vasque-exclusive outsole called Contact Grip (by Vibram), on the other hand, grants slip and skid resistance on tricky terrain.

Vasque Saga GTX size and fit

A generally true-to-size backpacking footgear for men and women is the Saga GTX. It comes in full and half sizes in standard and wide widths. Fit personalization is made possible by the Vasque boot’s speed lace-up closure. Built around the Arc Tempo+ last, this Vasque gear is left with asymmetric curves and snappy yet roomy confines (especially around the toe box).

Outsole

With its Vibram Megagrip outsole, which is based on the Megagrip compound, the Vasque Saga GTX promises surefootedness on unpredictable surfaces, whether damp or dry. Across its surface are uniquely shaped, hardwearing lugs which anchor in on rugged terrain. Its heel and forefoot ends are engineered with ridge-like tread patterns, helping backpackers avoid slipping when ascending or descending multi-level grounds.

Midsole

Vasque engineers equipped the Saga GTX with the cushy yet sturdy All Terrain Compound (ATC) midsole. Its dual-density construction aids during transitions as the part where the foot rolls is much denser. Within its arch zone is an embedded shank made of TPU. This added component reinforces the medial section of the footwear and improves its arch support.

On the additional underfoot cushioning front, the boot comes with a dual-density anatomical footbed. It is designed with a high rebound rate, assisting the wearer during push offs.

Upper

The Saga GTX’s upper is made with a combination of engineered mesh and 2-millimeter waterproof nubuck leather. It has Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort liner which makes the boot both breathable and water protected. Ventilation ports are placed on the forefoot and heel zones of the waterproof gear for more breathability. Its closure system consists of round synthetic laces and metallic combination eyelets (closed loops at the bottom, open hooks at the top).


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