Vasque Scree Low - GearReview.com
By Matt Smith
If there is a treasury bond equivalent in the hiking shoe business, Vasque has to be one of the major players. It doesn't really matter which shoe you pick, chances are it is going to perform pretty well over time. I have owned many pairs of Vasque boots over the years, but of late I have found myself trending to packing lighter and preferring a lighter shoe. At the same time I hate to give up comfort and stability, which is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed testing the Vasque Scree. I elected to go with a low version for increased ankle flexibility and agility.
One of the nice features of the Vasque Scree is the Stealth S1 high friction rubber compound. While S1 doesn't offer the same grip as the softer and more technically oriented C4, it is excellent on talus and of course, scree. The semi-agressive tread pattern affords good traction on hard packed dirt and gravel trails. For all but the stickiest muck, I found the treads were relatively self cleaning. The Scree is moderately light at 1 lb. 14 oz. It has the classic feel of a Vasque boot I am used to. There is plenty of room in the toe box, and the padding around the heel cup didn't cause me any discomfort even after long days in the shoe.
One of my favorite things about the Vasque Scree is that it is completely unassuming. I could wear it to work, knock off early and hit the trail without having to drag along a second pair of shoes for the office. I was a little surprised the the stock insole was so thin for a trail oriented shoe, and I quickly exchanged it for a Sorbethane Polysorb insole. That combination was perfect for me
Summary: For a pair of multi-sport trail shoes that will last for a long time the Vasque Scree is a solid pick. You can find the Scree for about $125 online, though with a little careful searching you may find it for about $25 less.
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Matt Smith is the canyoneering specialist at GearReview.com, and finally found his beloved sun hat.