Verdict from 8 experts and 99 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers in droves, which include professional bloggers, couldn’t help but hail the Saga GTX as exceptionally comfortable.
  • This Vasque backpacking boot received praises from numerous owners for having impressive ankle support.
  • Many verified buyers were wowed by the cloud-like lightness of this footgear.
  • A decent number of users were able to break in this mid-top trekking shoe quickly and effortlessly.
  • The Vasque Saga GTX runs true to size, according to several sources.
  • Its super-sticky Vibram outsole amazed seasoned shoe pundits.
  • A few testers raved about the boot’s ace waterproofing.
  • The breathability of this footwear greatly astonished a couple of patrons.

2 reasons not to buy

  • More than a dozen owners grilled the Vasque Saga GTX for having laces that easily break.
  • An expert found the shoe difficult to put on.

Bottom line

Vasque footwear makers seem to have upped their craft in the Saga GTX—they were able to make a remarkably lightweight boot that provides tons of comfort and plenty of support around the ankle. Their skill in shoemaking can also be seen in the gear’s true-to-size fit.

The one thing they probably missed perfecting, however, is the boot’s flimsily made laces. Nonetheless, the Vasque Saga GTX, thanks to its combination of fantastic traits and features, is miles away from being a tough sell.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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).

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.

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.

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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