Men’s Vasque ST. ELIAS FG GTX Boots Review – Backpacking and Trail Footwear
Vasque footwear has been conquering the trails since 1964, taking hikers across the best and worst of terrain in both style and superior performance.
A leading producer of some of the world’s top-rated hiking and backpacking boots and trail runner shoes, Vasque now boasts over 50 years of brand loyalty.
With each model now conceived and executed for a specific purpose, be it running the local trails or scaling the Alps, Vasque’s designs began with America’s greatest natural mountain ranges in mind.
The Cascades, Tetons, Sierras, and Whites, previously off-limits to all but the most fearless outdoorsman, were now rendered well within every man and woman’s capability thanks to the Vasque dedication to both quality, customer care, and ongoing technological innovation.
Vasque understands that your footwear should be the last thing to slow you down, and its up-to-date and flawless designs were built to endure everything from snow and ice to the rockiest of cliffs.
Honesty is everything when it comes to the Vasque outlook, and no other brand of its kind has maintained such a sterling reputation among outdoor enthusiasts.
– Available in cognac and jet black color variations
– Durable supple 2.2mm waterproof full grain leather upper construction
– Nappa leather collar
– Firm ATC midsole for added stability plus EVA comfort pods
– Gore-Tex membrane lining for all weather wear
– Molded rubber top cab for improved durability
– Summit last
– TPU shank
– Vasque exclusive Vibram Frontier XSTrek Compound outsole
– 2 lbs. 15 oz. (1320 gram) weight
– No break-in period needed
Cognac Men’s Vasque ST. ELIAS FG GTX Boots Review
There are certain things you want in a hiking boot when you’re more than a casual hiker.
Taking on serious trail will destroy a lesser-made boot. The St. Elias FG GTX is a hiking boot that does not disappoint with features even a novice can appreciate. Some of the trails I hike take days to complete. That sort of long-distance durability requires premium materials that also encourage comfort.
In other words, they have to be able to hike all day, for days on end, and still be comfortable. This is no easy feat, since the most durable of fabrics and materials are rougher and stiffer than considered comfortable.
These boots have an unusual upper-hand on backpacking as well. Long hikes must entail a heavy backpack that never gets lighter which you carry for miles and miles. This takes a real toll on hiking boots, especially those that aren’t crafted with skill and quality material.
The sole and mid-sole technique on these St. Elias FG GTX hiking boots offers unstoppable support and comfort despite the load your carrying.
One surprising feature of this boot is the straight out of the box usability. So often I have had to condition and prepare a hiking boot before I could give it a good use. Not so with these guys. They were ready to go as soon as I opened the box. Talk about a timesaver.
Wet weather isn’t a problem with the GORE-TEX membrane under the premium leather upper. The leather toe makes sure the piggies stay warm and dry the whole excursion. The added technological support designs make extreme hiking and safer than wearing inferior shoes. At the end of the day, the St. Elias FG GTX hiking boots keep you warm dry and comfortable all day.