When Vasque debuted the Saga GTX Hiking Boot at Outdoor Retailer nearly one year ago, we could tell that it would be a success (it won our Editor’s Choice award at the show). Now that we’ve had a chance to hike in it, we’re doubling down on our assertion.
The Saga GTX builds upon the successes of Vasque’s best-selling Breeze III GTX. The new boot adds a lightweight and breathable double-engineered mesh upper and a Vibram MegaGrip sole that’s designed for walking over the most rugged terrain. Protection and support are amplified in the boot with a molded TPU toe cap and heel that has windows of ventilation so that the boot doesn’t get too warm (as waterproof hiking boots are accustomed to do). Vasque also used hat sturdy TPU to create a lace yolk that extends from the ankle toward the tongue — this provides midfoot support and helps to keep the heel locked in.
A full-featured hiking boot built for long-distance trekking implies a prolonged break-in period, but that’s not the case with the Saga GTX. The boot is remarkably comfortable right out of the box. The tongue is extra cushiony, which helps prevent pressure points from lacing, and the cuff provides a firm and supportive wrap that’s immediately flexible and only gets better with wear. Those who are looking for the most support might lean toward a heftier boot, but certainly won’t be unhappy in the Saga. I for one, tend to favor that trait over a super-light construction, but have been quite satisfied with this boot and plan to log plenty more miles in it.
The Saga GTX became available for purchase just this past spring, but you can already save $60 on the new hiking boot by purchasing it from Massdrop. You’ll have to fork over your email to become a member, but even if this is the only deal you pick up from the site, it’s well worth a couple of extra entries into your inbox.
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