Alpine GTX


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Alpine GTX
Manufacturer Vasque
Page By neoday
Page Type Aug 23, 2004 / Aug 23, 2004
Object ID 1114
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These waterproof, crampon-compatible boots offer the support and protection you need for mountaineering, mixed routes and extended backpacking trips.

* Waterproof full-grain 3.2mm Perwanger leather uppers provide durability, support and natural breathability
* Gore-Tex® linings deliver renowned waterproof, breathable comfort
* Three-bar knit linings wick moisture and dry quickly
* Double-tongue design enhances fit; outer tongues feature thick, waterproof nubuck, while padded inner tongues have moisture-wicking Nylex linings
* Full bellows gusset closures keep out moisture and trail grit
* Padded, contoured leather collars wrap comfortably around your ankles for support and protection
* Tri-Wick EVA footbeds cushion your feet, control heat build-up and wick perspiration
* Monoflex nylon insoles with 3/4-length steel shanks give the right amount of forefoot flex while still providing torsional rigidity
* Dual-density Vibram® Clusaz outsoles are compatible with all types of crampons and perform well on any terrain
* Every Clusaz lug has been strategically placed for braking, kick-off, traction and stability

Average weight specification is per pair, based on size 9. Imported



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neoday - Aug 23, 2004 4:01 pm - Voted 5/5

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Great boots, definatley for mountaineering/heavy packs. They took about 1 week to break in with little effort. The toe box is a tad small- but the guys at REI fixed it for me. If you have narrower feet and find boots like Solomon too wide, you will really love these.

I use them ice climbing and they work great

Totally waterproof- great for wet conditions

They even climb relatively well.

If the boot fits...

Genghis Climber - Apr 22, 2005 3:23 pm - Voted 4/5

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Definately good boots,

It didn't take that long to break in and they are very durable. Flexable enough to be comfortable but rigid enough for good support. The gortex is also great because you really have got to go out of your way to try and get your feet wet. I stepped into a stream up to the very cusp of the boot and was still dry! Great boots

donhaller3 - Mar 5, 2007 8:58 am - Voted 5/5

Broke in easyily for so stiff a design. Excellent grab on rock. Great foot protection. No built in hot spots. Very dry. Mud doesn't ball up in the lugs as bad other boots I've had. Very very stable. The only complaint I have is that the laces are difficult to thread at home, I'd hate to have to deal with them with numb fingers. Available in wides, though REI was't carrying wides when I bought.

miscellaneousmike - Apr 3, 2007 10:12 am - Voted 2/5

I got a pair mid-July of last year and am already shopping for a replacement. I've done about 25 day trips on them, mostly scrambles in the Canadian Rockies and they're pretty much shredded. Soles are gone but what upsets me more is the condition of the uppers. The rands on the toes are cut up and the stitching on the heels has come apart forcing me to shoe glue them. I'll admit to being hard on my boots and the scree out here doesn't help but I was hoping these boots would last longer than the hiking boots they replaced and they did not.

The Vor - Apr 13, 2007 2:02 pm - Voted 4/5

I have had the Apex (non gore-tex version) for 5 years and they have held up well. Once treated with a waterproof agent they were plenty waterproof for me, not leaking when standing in streams for 30 seconds or in snow. The sole is really durable and has great traction and deep lugs that are self cleaning. My boot weighed 5 lb. 2oz in a size 11 so they are indeed on the heavy side but have held up to over a 1000 miles. Of course, they do require a little break in time, nothing longer than a couple weeks, but they will eat you up if they are not broken in.

AltitudeSickness - Jan 3, 2008 7:24 pm - Voted 4/5

I bought these because the Sundowner was not heavy duty enough to stand up to some extra abuse I wanted to put on my feet. These are a heavy duty version of the Sundowner for me and strong enough to take a beating and come back for more. Attaching crampons is smooth and easy. The toe box is a little bit small for my extra wide foot. I need to stretch it out a bit.

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