Bought New Guide and Summit

Reviewed by Bruce the 50+ year old non hiker from Harrisburg PA on Thursday, April 30, 2009
I owned a pair of real Vasque's back in the 70's and these remind me so much of those wonderful shoes that I wonder if the same factory and trained craftmen are now making those under this brand name. Never mind. Boots of this quality are practically impossible to find unless you go to [...] or another leather shop and have a pair especially crafted for your feet and are willing to pay a huge multiple of the price. I rarely hike anymore, even though the Appalachian trail is less than a mile from my house, because of a bad back that goes out on me at inopportune times and I need good ankle support to avoid injuring my back. These boots help me from twisting my ankles and injuring my back. These take a while to break in, just like the real Vasque's from the 70's but they do last forever. although if you weae them a lot you might have to resole them every few years. But I use the heavy New Guide boots to climb high ladders and climbing on the roof and the light Summits for working in my small forest in my backyard. Mostly I use the Summits but the New Guides do give a slightly better ankle support since they go up higher on the leg. I'm fully expecting these to treat me as well as my Vasque's, which I sold for what I paid for what I paid for them after quitting backpack after years of use and one resole. These boots are likely to last a lifetime and add a measure of safety to doing odd jobs around the home such as climbing up on the roof, ladders, negotiating uncertain terrain and protecting yourself from injury. Highly recommended not just for backpackers but for weekend handymen and those who need an extra measure of ankle support. The break in period is rather long though and if that is a concern, buy the Summits. The New Guides although sturdier and heavier will take much longer to break in. I now wear them doing shopping and other times I don't really need to wear them to break them in faster. And if you're like me and a little older now, their slightly heavier weight offers me an extra level of exercise to work off some of the extra pounds I've accumulated. And they're great for snow plowing. Just be sure to occasionally apply Snow Seal or what I use, [...]Boot Grease and wear a heavy pair of socks as they aren't insulated (except by the VERY thick and comfortable leather these are made from). Either boot is worth every cent and I can't recommend them highly enough.
  • Best Uses: Day Hiking, Everyday, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Cons: Heavy, Long Break-in
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/Recreational
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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