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Gear Review: Vasque Jule Trail Shoe

A low-cut hiker for all your daily adventures.

by: Allison Woods

Vasque Jule on location in Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Allison Woods)
Vasque Jule on location in Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Allison Woods)

The Specs
$95
1 lbs. 13 oz.
Available sizes: women’s 5-11; men’s (called the Juxt) 7-15; kids’ 1-13
vasque.com
For three months, the Vasque Jules (the men’s is called Juxt) went everywhere with me. From desert conditions on the dry side of Washington to the jungles of Oahu, and most recently in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie river valley, we traveled together in a wide variety of conditions and terrains.

Out of the box, the Jules were slightly snug across the widest part of my foot, but this is a soft shoe, and it stretched out enough to be comfy in about one wearing. The tough suede and nubuck exterior held up to basalt abrasions in Eastern Washington’s Quincy Lakes area and lava formations in Hawaii.

The moderately lugged outsole provided good traction in all conditions except muddy slop. The cushy liner around the ankle was absorbent and breathable when the Hawaiian heat climbed into the high 80s. When held up against the wetter-than-wet moisture levels of the Middle Fork valley, the Jule fended off water surprisingly well for a shoe lacking a waterproof/breathable membrane. (The Juxt is available with Vasque’s own UltraDry.)

The upper got wet while making my way through numerous Volkswagen-sized puddles, but water never seeped through, and my feet stayed surprisingly dry. What I wouldn’t do with the Jule: Take it backpacking. This is a great all-around shoe, but the midsole, built from molded EVA and a TPU plate, lacks needed rigidity I need for carrying a pack over 15 pounds or so. I’d also suggest wearing shorty gaiters to keep out pebbles.



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READERS COMMENTS

mtn dog walker
Dec 29, 2011

Just ordered these online for $78.99 from Zappos. The reviews there were very good as well. Thanks for giving me the information I needed to support my choice. Looking forward to getting them.

Shane
Jun 09, 2011

Nice concise review. Based on similar responses it appears honest1's reading problem is independent of your writing.

Monty Montana
Jun 08, 2011

Allison, as usual, a very well written and concise review! I,m glad to see that you're still contributing to the backpacking community. Happy trails!

TC
Jun 03, 2011

Good review. I'm in need of a new pair of shoes and Vasque have always been one of my favorite brands. Good to know they are still heading down the same trail.

honest1
Jun 03, 2011

Your reviews and language-usage are very confusing and misleading. Please touch up on your grammar or ask for more editing before posting your work.

Bob from Woodinville Wa
Jun 02, 2011

Allison nice review. I especially appreciate the "what I wouldn't do with the Jule" tip. The Juxt sounds like a great shoe and I'll go try them on.

Keep the reviews coming

Lauren
Jun 01, 2011

They're really cute, even when they're dirty. I've always been a Vasque boot fan, so I might have to give these a try.

TG
Jun 01, 2011

Twenty-nine ounces is "light?" I'm guessing that's a typo?

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