The St. Elias far more resembles a traditional hiking boot than anything else we’ve looked at thus far.

Instead of cutting corners and worrying about saving an ounce or two these boots use their weight as a weapon, letting you kick steps in compacted snow, stomp down low-hanging briars, and use your heels to slow descents on muddy banks. But unlike traditional boots, they do all of this while retaining underfoot flexibility and “out of the box” comfort.

The St. Elias offers classic hiking boot build without the blisters and break-in time. It’s appealing to anyone who wants the support and protection of a full-grain, built out boot and finds some underfoot weight reassuring.

Though substantially less than a mountaineering boot, the St. Elias can hike, scramble, and strut with the best of them.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

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    Available in an alternative version for wide feet
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    Appreciable balance between comfort and toughness
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    More than adequately keeps your feet warm, dry, and protected

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markOn the heavy side of contemporary hiking boots
  • check-markThey’d be more technically suitable with increased underfoot stiffness
  • check-markRun warm in the summer

Where to buy:

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Vasque St. Elias GTX

Specs & Features

  • Vibram outsoles with targeted EVA internal cushioning
  • Full-grain leather uppers with Gore-Tex waterproofing
  • TPU shank under the midsole
  • Full rubber toe cap
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Available in an alternative version for wide feet
  • check-mark
    Appreciable balance between comfort and toughness
  • check-mark
    More than adequately keeps your feet warm, dry, and protected

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markOn the heavy side of contemporary hiking boots
  • check-markThey’d be more technically suitable with increased underfoot stiffness
  • check-markRun warm in the summer

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