For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 24.5ozWomen: 20.5oz
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
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90 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews
These things are just phenomenal.
[T]his is a great boot. Very, very secure
Other details are impressive. The all-leather uppers conform to your foot; combined with the midsole cushion, the boot has a soft feel for its weight.
The St. Elias GTX from Vasque is built to take on tough trails from the Alaskan wilderness to the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Trail.
Updates to Vasque St. Elias GTX
- The Vasque Exclusive Vibram Frontier with XSTrek Compound provides an optimal combination of traction and durability. The former prevents the boot from slipping on tricky surfaces, and the latter makes it usable for a long time.
- The A.S.E. midsole and the ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) pods work together to maintain a cushioned environment which is both responsive and comfortable. The TPU shank is also incorporated to add stiffness and provide additional support to the foot.
- The nubuck leather and the Gore-Tex lining render the footwear’s upper comfortable, waterproof and breathable. These qualities enable the customers to use the Vasque St. Elias GTX on wet, muddy and rough terrains, without having to worry about the footwear wearing off.
Vasque St. Elias GTX size and fit
The Vasque St. Elias GTX comes in standard length—in whole and half sizes—for both men and women. The men’s backpacking boot has the widths of B, D, and 2E. For women, 2A, B, and D are offered. It runs fairly true to size. The footwear features a mid-cut upper for supporting the ankle and semi-curved forefoot region for adapting to the changing foot movements while walking. The cushioned tongue and padded collar give comfort. The lacing allows a snug fit. It also secures the foot in its proper position throughout the backpacking activity.
The Vasque Exclusive Vibram Frontier with XSTrek Compound is resistant to abrasions and therefore, enhances the long-term durability of the backpacking boot. The technology works in synergy with the lug pattern on the outsole to provide sufficient traction and prevent slippage on wet surfaces or dangerous slopes.
The A.S.E. midsole, along with the ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) pods in the heel and forefoot, provides cushioning. It is soft, responsive, long-lasting and resilient to concentrated forces. The combination distributes impact evenly over the whole surface area. It reduces the risk of damage at a single point, thereby increasing the capability of the footgear to hike over longer distances with efficiency.
The TPU shank is placed between the outsole and midsole. It reinforces the structure and diminishes the load on the foot and calf. The feature adds stiffness to the backpacking boot, thereby shielding the foot from puncture injuries and bruises from rocks caused by stubbing.
The upper features the waterproof oiled nubuck leather for a neat look and a supportive fit. The material is known for its long-term durability. Moreover, the footwear houses the Gore-Tex lining for water protection. In addition to protecting the foot from any unwanted moisture, it has windproofness and breathability. These features keep the wearer’s foot fresh and dry, regardless of how challenging it gets on the trails.
The Vasque St. Elias GTX has a mid-cut design to provide additional support and protection to the ankle. The feature reduces the risk of twisting one’s ankle on steep slopes or rough terrains and is particularly useful for hikers who are not yet used to tackling difficult surfaces.
The reinforced rubber toe rand provides additional protection to the toes against small rocks and protrusions encountered on the way. The cap renders the waterproof hiking boot resistant to abrasions, serving as a shield against sharp objects.