MATERIALS: Suede upper, Vibram Ibex Sole, EVA midsole and EVA footbed
With a long history of providing great hiking shoes the newest fast and light hiker from Vasque is no exception. The Grand Traverse makes it's debut as a part of the new Elemental collection which is designed to be your "jack of all trades" light hiker. Built on a mixed bag of this Vibram sole the Grand Traverse is designed to help you stick to the ground as you navigate the differing terrain you will encounter on your adventures. By having the dual compound Ibex sole from Vibram you get the Vibram Megagrip for traction on the wet stuff and the Vibram Idrogrip for better contact with the rocks surface.
This sole combined with the light suede uppers are well vented to keep your feet from over heating and still allow protection from brush and rocks. The fit is designed on the classic D width platform and the lacing reaches down to with in an inch and a half of the toe for a full foot snugness. The toe is also capped in rubber which aids in preserving the toes from wearing too soon from edging/dragging on steep rock faces.
Hiking in the shoe is comfortable for day hikes and scrambling, but does not have the support for much more weight than you would have in a day pack. Also, very wet environments are not this shoes friend either, the sole is very sticky for wet rocks and it wears well, but again this if for adventure away from standing water. But that is exactly why Vasque has also released the Lotic, a wet environment specific shoe from the same Elemental line! Be confident in Vasque's quality and design and use this bad boy as your go to for light day hikes, scrambling, and general adventuring and you will not be disappointed.