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Vasque Sundowner Mens Hiking Backpacking Boots Review

Vasque Sundowner


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Weight
2 lbs. 14 oz.


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Review Date
April 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: GDM ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
I purchased my Vasque Sundowners when I finished University in 1990. At the time I believe I paid over $300 for my (likely) Italian version of the boots. I have used them mainly as Winter Boots and the occasional Hike in the summer. I have had a little work done on the inside of the boots, but otherwise can't imagine that I will ever own a pair of footware as comfortable and as durable as these. Even paying the Italian manufactured price of 20 years ago which would be more than $400, I can only imagine how many pairs of other boots I would have worn out (or more likely broken down) of any other type. They have a classic look they have lots of leather and they would be considered a great "green" value. I can see why they make them in China. They clearly can make them cheaper and they likely will get more repeat business even if they aren't made quite as well as those made by Italian craftsmen. What I mean is that even if they only last ten years versus my 20 plus they are still a great value.


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Review Date
January 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: John ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
I got these shoes many years ago, so long that I have forgotten. I have the old Italian ones. They have been with me for many miles of great hiking. I did take them into the desert outside Tucson and that heat made the soles start to let go. They were old by then but I love them so much I sent them in (my expense...they were really worn afterall) and had new soles installed. That was nearly ten years back and I still wear them. I have other newer boots I use for serious hiking but somehow I still love the comfort and fit of my Sundowner's and I take good care of them, wanting them to last ten more years! I wear them almost every day walking my dogs in the woods and for some light trail walking.
Nothing else has ever felt as well to me. I can not speak for the new Chinese ones as I have not tried them. I sure love my old ones. Like an old, dear friend. I have now and have used other great hiking shoes. These are light to medium duty hiking shoes in my mind and they excel at that usage.

Customer Service:
Never had to deal with them so I can not comment.

Similar Products Used:
I have or have had an assortment of other hiking shoes including Montrail and Merrell, both fine shoes.


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Review Date
January 5, 2011

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: hart ,  Backpacker

Summary:
good boots, but my soles fractured and fell off after a few years. Nowhere near as long as other reviewers claim. It appears vasque customer service no longer replaces damaged soles, instead they contract out to a regional repair service paid for by the customer


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Review Date
December 22, 2010

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Al ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I've had the China boots for 4 years - best boots I've ever had and I plan on buying another pair. They look great, feel great, and are great all purpose boots. I wear them everyday.


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Review Date
November 20, 2010

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: jason walters ,  Skier

Summary:
These boots are no longer made in Italy and are now made in china. I have had 2 pairs the first pair (made in Italy) I had for about 3 years until a dog chewed them apart they were great. The second pair (made in china) I have had for 5 years now. They have been great except one of them is no longer waterproof and leaks. Other than that the quality and construction seem to be the same.

Customer Service:
about to find out.


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