Our verdict


The Vasque Talus XT GTX gets top remarks from experienced hikers in terms of comfort, protection, and traction. The impressive lacing system, sturdy build, and roomy toe box are some of the great features highlighted in the reviews. While it isn't the "best" for traversing steep hills and mountains, it makes ideal footwear for long hikes and backpacking where you need solid protection and reliable performance for pushing through.


  • Amazing comfort
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy toe box
  • Excellent lacing system
  • Extremely sturdy
  • Solid traction


  • Lack of toe traction

Who should buy the Vasque Talus XT GTX

The Vasque Talus XT GTX has the look and feels of a traditional work boot. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers superior protection against rain or water, abrasion-resistant mesh for breathable protection.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that survives harsh conditions.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that delivers advanced traction on varying terrains. 

Vasque Talus XT GTX logo

Size and fit

The Vasque Talus XT GTX is an ankle-high hiking boot available in different widths. It has a slightly roomy toe box that promotes freedom of movement and gives extra room that accommodates thick socks. And since it's a leather boot, this model conforms nicely to the foot, resulting in a secure fit after a quick break-in period. 

Vasque Talus XT GTX laces 4

For its closure system, the Talus XT GTX uses a traditional lace-up closure with three sets of metal quick hooks at the top for easy fit adjustment. They feature a nice “catch” that locks the laces in place as they pass through the opening. Meanwhile, the paracord-style laces stay put when tied and release easily as the wearer pulls off the boot.

Excellent traction on dry and wet surfaces

This hiking boot from Vasque has an outsole exclusively designed by Vibram. It contains the Megagrip compound - a sticky rubber that works well on dry and wet surfaces. The aggressive tread pattern promotes maximum grip on flat, rocky terrain, and muddy ground. 

Vasque Talus XT GTX outsole

Excellent grip on different surfaces

The lugs on the center are multidirectional which allows the shoe to bite into different surfaces. There are also enough spaces between the lugs that help prevent mud and large debris from sticking.

Vasque Talus XT GTX outsole 1

Flexible cushioning

This heavy-duty hiking boot has a midsole made from polyurethane (PU). It is a polymer mostly in the form of flexible foam that is widely used in performance footwear products. While PU tends to be heavier than EVA, it is undoubtedly more durable. 

Vasque Talus XT GTX midsole

Long-lasting cushioning and support

What's more, it doesn't get compressed over time which means it offers long-lasting cushioning and support. Hiking shoes and boots with PU midsoles are highly resistant to abrasion and have excellent long-term mechanical properties. For added comfort, this boot also comes with a dual-density EVA footbed.

Vasque Talus XT GTX insole


The shoe upper is made of quality leather and performance mesh. Lining the interior is the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort waterproof membrane that seals water out. 

Vasque Talus XT GTX upper

Secure fit

Completing the upper is a traditional lace-up closure with three additional hooks at the top ensuring a secure and adjustable fit.

Vasque Talus XT GTX laces