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Vasque Montana Mens Hiking Backpacking Boots Review

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Weight
5 lbs. 4 oz.


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Review Date
July 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
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Reviewed by: Kilburn Hall ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
In their hey-day, the 5lb Vasgue Montana's with Norwegian Welt soles were "The BOOT." I bought my pair in 1975 for a church backpack trip and used them for 20-years before they were stolen. Slapped some Sno-Seal on them, they never leaked, protected your feet from injury from bouldering, Vibram soles could be resoled. I replaced them with La Sportiva Makalu which in 1995 was "The BOOT." Had Makulu's for 15-years. Today if you want a boot as reliable as the Montana's- you have to think SCARPA. Makalu's were 90's technology and 2000 technology with rubber rands make my feet sweat too much. If you still want Norwegian Welt, go to Orvis.com and take a look at Merrell® Vintage Alpine Hiking Boots for $298. Almost identical to the Vasgue Montana. Norwegian Welt is old technology but sometimes you can;t improve upon a masterpiece.

Customer Service:
They don;t make Vasgue Montana anymore. Period! So stop looking!

Similar Products Used:
La Sportive Makalu
La Sportiva Glacier
Scarpa


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Review Date
December 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Doug Sandula , from Saginaw, MI USA

Summary:
I owned a pair through the late 1970's and 1980's. Back then they were without a doubt, THE BOOT. Things have changed and improved (at least from my point of view). For goodness sakes, they weigh over 5 pounds! and read the reviews: "It took me a year to break them in". Yeah, they've got a ton of support and they wear like iron but I used to think the best thing about them was taking them off. I love my Sundowner MX 2's. They (Montana's) just weren't right for my type of backpacking, 5 - 10 mile hikes with a 45 pound pack. There's more modern stuff out there. Would you be comfortable with the technology a 25 year old Kelty frame pack offers?

Similar Products Used:
Sundowner MX 2's


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Review Date
May 8, 2001

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 5 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Al Belote ,  Backpacker , from Nashua, NH, USA

Summary:
I have owned these boots since 1979 (yes 20+ years) and the performance and durability has been incredible. I have put countless miles on them in all kinds of conditions, all seasons. Day hikes, 3-4 day backpacking trips with 60 lb. pack, mountain climbs, New England, Rockies, Cascades, Olympics, even around-town use. Have re-soled them twice. They never leak, can take any abuse, provide incredible support and protection. They are heavy, but worth the weight if protection and support are important to you. You can re-sole them...lots of molded boots you can't.

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Review Date
April 28, 2000

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 5 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Gary ,  Backpacker , from Boise, ID USA

Summary:
I can't imagine ever having to buy another pair of boots for backpacking. Though it took me a season to break these in, they are the most comfortable boots I have ever had. I have backpacked for a week with these boots and my feet held up much better than my shoulders.

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Review Date
March 20, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Allen Campbell ,  Backpacker , from Mountain Home,AR. USA

Summary:
These are GREAT boots!! I have been using them for about 3 years and I am
convinced these boots will last forever. I've used 'em on long hauls under heavy
loads on really rough terrain and nothing fazes these things.
they are on the heavy side, but the weight is well worth it for the support and protection they deliver. They take awhile to break in so make sure You give them
time to conform to Your feet before heading off to the woods.
If You are looking for a pair of bombproof,go-anywhere,last forever boots, these are
what You are looking for.

Similar Products Used:
Columbia Brightwoods
Raichelle Moutain Trekkers
Hi-Tecs


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