Vasque is proud to introduce its lightest backpacking boot with the Men's St. Elias GTX Backpacking Boot. Built around Vasque's Summit last, the St. Elias provides excellent arch support and a rockered toe for less fatigue when you hike for miles under a heavy backpack. The oiled nubuck leather features Gore-Tex to protect your foot from the elements. Its dual-density EVA footbed keeps your foot comfortable from the moment you take these shoes out of the box until you throw them away years from now. The all-new ASE midsole incorporates EVA cushioning pods to conform precisely to the irregularites of the trail, and Vasque added a TPU shank for the stiff support that every backpacker craves when they're covering rocky terrain. Vasque's exclusive Vibram Frontier sole is the cherry on top of this wonderful backpacking boot. The toe-off pad offers unbeatable traction and durability. Combo lugs with 90 degree edges deliver superior traction whether you're hiking uphill or downhill, and there are inset spikes that prevent mud and debris from building up on your sole. Vibram's XSTrek under your instep balances slip-resistance with high-abrasion resistance for a durable sole that won't slip when you walk across wet stones. The arch also has a 90 degree heel breast that boosts stopping power when you get too much speed walking down steep hills. Plus, concentrated lugs in the heel help increase traction and durability.
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