Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry Hiking Shoe Review

April 12, 2016
Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry Hiking Shoe
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
78
Support & Stability
5
Quality & Construction
6
Comfort
5
Weight
6
Protection
6

The Good

  • Solid traction
  • Well ventilated

The Bad

  • Stiff
  • Require break-in
  • Loose heel hold
THE VERDICT

In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, the Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry hiking shoe offered excellent traction and waterproofing, but fell a short on stability. They provided quality protection and cushioned comfort over a variety of trails.

FULL REVIEW

Traction and Stability
The Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry’s, dual density Vibrum Nuasi outsoles with 4mm lugs provided excellent traction across a variety of trail surfaces. Thermoplastic urethane shanks added stiffness that minimized twisting, but forced some up and down heel movement during strides. The thick 1.8mm nubuck leather uppers required break-in, starting off stiff, and inhibiting bending, during initial use.     

Protection
The thick Vibram Nuasi outsoles, curved rubber toe shield and double layered nubuck leather toe and side panels offered excellent foot protection against trail impact and abrasion across a variety of surfaces. The gusseted tongue kept debris out.

Support and Comfort
The dual density EVA footbeds, molded EVA athletic midsoles and amply padded heel bed and tongue provided a comfortable, cushioned fit. With its low ankle construction and stiff thermoplastic shanks, the heel hold was a bit loose, allowing some up and down movement during strides. A pull tab on the heel helped with on off ease. 

Waterproofing
The waterproof nubuck leather outers, breathable mesh panels and UltraDry liners stayed dry in both damp and wet situations. The ventilated side panels allowed perspiration to escape for added comfort and performance.

Durability
The shoes wore well, and held up to trail impact, with no immediate signs of wear. The nubuck leather sides did not shred.

 


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MSRP
$139.99
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HOW WE TESTED

To accurately assess the performance of a women’s hiking shoe, a number of testers put each product through rigorous hiking, on over 20 miles of varied terrain. During these hikes the testers pay close attention to the level of product performance across six factors most affecting a hiker’s foot comfort and risk of foot or ankle injury on the trail.

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