Gear Review: Vasque Sundowner Kids' Boots

Solid, mid-weight support, waterproof, and grippy tread make this classic boot your kid's go to for all their hiking needs.

Kids with growing feet don't need a closetful of shoes for every backcountry occasion. What they do need: solid, midweight support; reliable waterproofness; a foot-hugging fit; and grippy tread. This classic boot delivers. Even one 7-year-old, who has always resisted high-top hikers because they "feel weird around my ankles," was won over.

The PU-coated leather and gusseted tongues kept his feet dry through countless puddles (have you ever seen a kid go around one?), and the lugged outsole gave him plenty of traction on rock and mud. Available in kids' 10-13 and youth 1-6. $65; 1 lb. 6 oz.;

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