Vasque Outdoor Footwear Juxt

Boots with solid support and stability without being too heavy or clunky

Specs

Membrane No membrane

 

Men's Sizes Start 7
Men's Sizes End 15
Men's Weight 1 lbs, 13 oz

For big loads and steep, off-trail terrain, I want solid support and stability without excess weight. The Terek delivers, thanks to the midsole’s relatively light combination of molded EVA (for cushion) and full-length polyurethane shank (for rigidity). I sported these high-cuts all over the West, from light-load dayhikes in Yosemite to difficult treks, like a six-day bushwhack around Mt. Shasta with a 60-pound pack. The boots weren’t too heavy or clunky for the former, nor too light or flexy for the latter.

The eight-hook lace system and tongue hooks enhanced all-day comfort, as I could cinch the uppers snug without causing too much friction in any spot. The split-leather and Cordura upper and full rubber rand stood up to abrasion on Sierra granite, and the Gore-Tex liner kept my feet dry during a soggy-snow trek up Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. Bonus: Break-in time was negligible because of the excellent out-of-the-box fit (ideal for my wide feet). $260; 2 lbs. 10 oz. (w’s 8.5); m’s 7-14, w’s 5.5-10.5; lowaboots.com.
While being comfortable enough to live in every day, this shoe’s secure lacing and tenacious sticky rubber sole inspires plans into the unknown with the utmost confidence. Performance driven yet stylish, the Juxt upper is made from 1.6mm suede PU coated leather and comes equipped with a molded rubber toe cap. Built with the Vasque OTG outsole (Off the Grid) slip protection compound and a rounded heel for shock adsorption.