From the description, my sample of the Vasque Saga GTX hiking boot sounded like the perfect footwear for my Laugavegur Trail trek. According to Vasque, this boot is designed for long distance treks over rugged, rocky terrain in wet weather. Ideal.
The boots are good looking, with a special-ops vibe and I really liked the simplicity of the jet black and magnet colorway.
Nubuck leather is combined with an engineered mesh and GORE-TEX with Extended Comfort Technology. The fact that they are waterproof yet breathable promises foot comfort in extended wet conditions.
On the foot they are supportive and feel like they offer great protection. These are quality boots that are well-made and built to last. The high collar and padding make these really comfy and the support underfoot is just right for me.
I wore these boots over the last several months in a variety of conditions and felt like they could become a real favorite. Treks along the beach, up and over dunes, and through wooded areas over different ground conditions really put them to the test. The boots handled everything with aplomb.
Ultimately, I decided not to bring the Saga GTX on my trek for two reasons: weight and heat.
These are not light boots. My men’s size 13 (Eu 47) weighed in at 3 pounds 9.5 ounces for the pair, which I could imagine feeling pretty heavy after a week of trekking. For shorter hikes and in cold weather, yes and yes.
A bigger issue was my feet feeling quite hot. Summer may not be the optimum time for these boots, but even walking on a treadmill in air conditioned comfort still had my toes uncomfortably warm.
On a cooler hike in late Winter they were better, but not perfect. I had hoped that the breathable ports in the toe and heel would help with this, but it was not to be.
Ultimately, everyone’s feet are different. Other reviewers complained about difficulty in getting the foot in and thin laces, neither an issue for me.
The Vasque Saga GTX are a boot that feels great on the foot, offers support for the feet, and is built to protect from weather and obstacles on the trail. I’d suggest these for cool to cold climate hikes and shorter duration treks, like day or weekend hikes.
* These boots were provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.
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