- Weight: 3lb. 8 oz. (1588g)
- Outsole: Vasque Exclusive Vibram® Summit Sole
- Last: Summit
- Midsole: Molded PU/EVA/TPU
- MSRP: $190
The first time I laced these boots up, I knew this gear review was going to go well. The Vasque Bitterroot GTX is a new boot designed to withstand any terrain and also pass the test of time. Not only is it made to last, but it is also made with comfort in mind. I was really excited when I took them up the Manitou Incline for the first time. I didn't get a single hot spot and there was no discomfort. The comfort has not ceased to amaze me. I have hiked in the snow and ice, mud, dry gravel and through desert terrain in New Mexico. The boots did great! When it was warm, my feet really seemed to breath well. In the snow, the boots still breathed while keeping my feet dry and warm. To get a feel for how Vasque tests there product, check this video out.
Now that we know what Vasque does to make sure their product is waterproof, let's look at how they pull it off. The layering system used is pretty amazing. The middle layer is a Gore-Tex membrane which is a priceless technology that all of us have taken advantage of at some time.
The GORE-TEX® membrane is the heart of all GORE-TEX® products. It contains over 9 billion microscopic pores per square inch. These pores are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet, but 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule, which makes the GORE-TEX® membrane durably waterproof, while allowing perspiration to escape from the inside.
If I was going to through hike the Appalachian Trail I would wear the Bitterroots because of their ability to adapt with the changing terrains and temperatures. These boots are great, and I personally recommend them for anybody who has some serious hiking coming up in the future.