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Title: Comments on these boots
Post by: Tatro43 on Jan 27 2006, 19:56
Hey all,

I'm getting a new pair of boots for this summer, and am looking specifically at these:
I know the fit is the most important thing, but I also would like to know if any of you have these and can comment on them a little? Bye the way...these boots are for a man. But a woman's comments are also appreciated!

Thanks in advance!! ;D

1) Vasque Men's Backpacking Zephyr GTX
2) Asolo Men's Olive Green/ Black Fugitive GTX Hiking Shoes
3) Vasque Zephyr Gore-Tex Hiking Boots
4) Lowa VERTEX GTX with BIOMEX® Technology
5) Lowa Tectrek GTX

Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: 7summits on Jan 29 2006, 00:26
4) Lowa VERTEX GTX with BIOMEX® Technology

I have these for a year now, they have been very useful between Everest BC & ABC as well as on the Vinson Patriot Hills camp. Light, with good ankle support. And all plastic, so no trouble at airport checks.

One of the thingies that holds the laces in place came off quickly though and the goretex seems to have worn off as my feet got wet recently.
But I wear them almost daily still and like them a lot.

just my 2 cents,
Cheers,
Harry
Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: Tatro43 on Feb 16 2006, 03:18
Well,

I'm leaning twords the Vasque Zepher with Gor-Tex for Kili...

Anyone have these boots that can give a short review??

Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: sdoownek on Feb 17 2006, 08:59
One of the thingies that holds the laces in place came off

Harry:
Where? Which lace holder came off?

Tatro:
You've admitted that you know that fit is the more important issue, and I recognize that before replying.  However, while the boots themselves are comparable-ish, you should know that the fit of those boots are very different.

Most Asolo's are a bit wider, for instance.
Vasque, overall, is a lower volume, narrower fit.
Lowa are more of a lower volume, wider fit.

In plastics, Scarpas fit wider, higher-volume, with wider heels.
Lowas, again, are lower volume and wider.
Koflach is 1/2 way, or, "normal"


So, that said, what what kind of foot do you have?
Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: jedi-knight on Feb 19 2006, 21:39
sdoownek,

just curious. when you said higher volume with wider heels or lower volume or narrower fit, how does that compare with our feet?

normally when i buy shoes, they asked if i have normal feet, arched feet or flat foot.

Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: Tatro43 on Feb 22 2006, 08:40
sdoownek, thanks for the reply...To be honest, I don't really know what type of foot I have...Normal I guess. Not wide, not narrow.....Not flat.....normal... :)


Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: sdoownek on Feb 22 2006, 09:02
just curious. when you said higher volume with wider heels or lower volume or narrower fit, how does that compare with our feet?
normally when i buy shoes, they asked if i have normal feet, arched feet or flat foot.

That's pretty hard to guess at, seeing as how I don't know what kind of feet you have.

having done this for a while, I know that most people don't get what the volume of their foot is.  Higher volume feet doesn't relate to the length.  Think of "higher volume" as thicker from top to bottom.

Also, based on your last sentence, you need to find another bootfitter, one that asks more questions and knows what they're doing.

Most people are surprised when they are properly fitted by a REAL bootfitter.
Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: sdoownek on Feb 22 2006, 09:06
sdoownek, thanks for the reply...To be honest, I don't really know what type of foot I have...Normal I guess. Not wide, not narrow.....Not flat.....normal... :)

Nobody has a normal foot, as different manufacturers use different lasts and designs.  Not only are there differences between manufacturers, but often differences between different models.  And years, too.  The Vasque sundowners made in the late '90's are a totally different boot than those made today.  Different country of origin, materials, etc, etc. 

Where do you live?  I'll try to find somebody (as in a person, not necessarily a shop) that does proper bootfitting in your country/area/etc.
Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: Tatro43 on Feb 23 2006, 01:33
I live in St. Paul Minnesota.

This would be great help...Thanks!!!!
Title: Re: Comments on these boots
Post by: sdoownek on Feb 23 2006, 06:48
I live in St. Paul Minnesota. This would be great help...Thanks!!!!

Try Zach Fink, at Midwest Mountaineering. 309 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis
612-339-3433

He's there from 10a-5p Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.  After that, I don't know......

Anyhow, from what I've been able to find, Zach's their bootfitter and should be able to help you.   Feel free to print this topic and bring it with you.