Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Vasque Talus Trek Low UltraDry stumped critics with its ability to fence out watery elements.
  • A great multitude was astounded by the shoe’s entrancing level of comfort.
  • Its extraordinary surface traction left many owners in amazement.
  • This Vasque hiking gear was praised by several users for its outstanding arch support.
  • Bloggers were impressed with the Talus Trek Low UltraDry’s fantastic durability. One of them was especially floored by the longevity of the shoe’s outsole.
  • Less than a handful of wearers commended the footwear’s superb lightness.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Expert reviewers experienced heel lift in the Talus Trek Low UltraDry, and they weren’t thrilled at all about it.
  • A professional gear tester didn’t like the water-absorbent leather upper of the gear. She said that, although water didn't leak into the shoe, it did soak up its upper and weighed her down as a result.

Bottom line

With its excellent waterproofing, the Talus Trek Low UltraDry does live up to its name. Outside water protection, the shoe also seems to have hit the home run thanks to its incredible amounts of comfort and remarkable surface grip. What some might find detestable in this Vasque gear, however, is its hit-or-miss heel hold. All in all, the Talus Trek Low UltraDry is a highly competent shoe that shines in many areas. Those who are prone to heel lift might want to steer clear of it though.

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Rankings

A top rated hiking shoe
A top rated Vasque hiking shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 78 / 100 | Gear Institute | Level 3 expert

    In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, the Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry hiking shoe offered excellent traction and waterproofing, but fell a short on stability.

  • 72 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    Considering that they are suitable for both day hiking and overnight trips, you'll get a lot of versatility for the price.

  • 100 / 100 | Upadowna | | Level 1 expert

    [Y]ou’ll find the new Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry an all around complete show with great comfort.

  • 95 / 100 | REI | | Level 1 expert

    I don’t think we could have put these shoes through tougher paces—38 miles off-trail, 38 miles on-trail, under the weight of 40-pound packs, with tons of granite and steep ups and downs. They were great.

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  • The Talus Trek Low UltraDry is an outdoor shoe built with a combination of lightweight yet durable materials and heavy-duty components, making it ideal for day-long hikes and adventures. Its part mesh, part leather upper has adequate weather protection thanks to Vasque’s very own waterproof membrane, called UltraDry.
  • Its sole unit—the Vibram Nuasi with XS Trek—promises a steady and secure ride on the trail. It is made up of a molded EVA midsole and Vibram’s Nuasi rubber outsole.

Vasque’s Talus Trek Low UltraDry is a generally true-to-size, waterproof hiker for men and women. It comes in standard and wide widths. It is offered in whole and half sizes. The engineers used the Perpetuum last in molding its interior, granting the shoe a roomier toe box and an alignment that favors people with flatter feet. Its lacing system provides a comfy yet secure fit. Slipping into and from its padded confines is made relatively convenient with the help of the shoe’s heel pull tab.

Wearers owe it to the shoe’s rubber outsole (a.k.a Vibram Nuasi), in terms of having enough grip on uneven terrain. It features long-wearing lugs and aggressively designed treads to help users latch onto soft and slippery surfaces. It reinforces the front end of the upper by about a half inch—conveniently contributing to the toe protection offered by the shoe.

A molded midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) serves as the main platform of the Talus Trek Low UltraDry. It is designed to cushion the foot against bumpy elements while steadying the wearer’s balance on rugged trails. It comes engineered with a TPU shank for added midfoot support and stability. Its level of comfort is further improved by the shoe’s dual-density footbed (also made of EVA).

The Talus Trek Low UltraDry gets to protect the foot from the harshness of the wild thanks to its below-the-ankle upper made of abrasion-resistant mesh and waterproof nubuck leather (at 1.8 millimeters thick). Its moisture-wicking liner is imbued with Vasque’s UltraDry membrane, making the footgear well ventilated and waterproof at the same time.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com