What Vasque Boot To Buy

What Vasque Boot To Buy

A Guide To Buying Your Vasque Boots

What Vasque Boot To Buy

While not everyone can pronounce "Vasque" with ease, almost every middle-aged hiker has a story about their "first pair" of Vasque boots. You could call Vasque "the original" American hiking boot brand. Named for Fort Vasquez in Colorado, Vasque traces its origins to the hiking and mountaineering craze that swept the Continent in the 1960s.

In the 50 years since the Vasque story began with the Voyageur name, Vasque has developed a full selection of hiking boots for every need. With so many distinct options to choose from where should the buyer start. From the lightweight Breeze to the heavy-duty Bitterroot, Vasque covers all the ground on the hiking boot spectrum. The best place to begin is by assessing the type of hiking you are most apt to do in the boots you buy. A fast and light summer hike says Vasque Breeze while a hard-core backpacking trip calls for the ruggedness of the Vasque Bitterroot.

A good rule of thumb when buying hiking or backpacking boots is that as the price goes up, so does the quality--and weight--of the boots components. In other words a $200 boot generally has a thicker, higher quality leather and heavier-duty hardware. This results in a more rugged and durable boot that tends to last longer and perform in the harshest conditions. To complement the materials on the boots upper, a beefier sole is added using polyurethane shanks and dual density foams. The trade off is added weight on your feet. This might be just what you need if you are carrying a heavy pack in the mountains on uneven ground; or it could be the opposite of what you want if you're planning a long distance hike where you are trekking 10-20 miles day.

So figuring out which boot features you need comes back to the type of hiking or backpacking you see for yourself...although it's not unheard of for final choices to be made based on fit and even styling. Peruse our Vasque Boots pages with an eye toward the technical specifications and descriptions of the uses for which the boots excel.

And when it comes time to decide which boots to choose, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and talk to one of our boot experts. We'll help you buy the best Vasque Boots for you.