Vasque Mantra 2.0 Hiking Shoe - Men's

Get there in the Mantra 2.0.

If the Vasque Mantra 2.0 Hiking Shoe were any meaner to the trails in your crosshairs, it would sprout fangs and yell names at them. This shoe boasts modern style and a super-grippy Vibram sole that helps you navigate even the most treacherous class IV scramble. Abrasion-resistant mesh and nubuck leather comprise a rugged upper that allows air circulation to keep you comfortable even on your more aerobic hikes, while a molded PU midsole provides cushioning to proven pressure points underfoot.

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Hike Light on Your Feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Bought these for the boyfriend as he already has a pair of large hiking shoes that he loves but they have the ankle support. He wanted some he could go on some shorter hiking trips with without having heavy boots on his feet. Something lighter is what he got with these guys.

Great shoes!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11.5

I love these hiking shoes. I live in Iowa so good hiking trails are pretty sparse. So far I have worn them on a couple multi night trips on mostly flat terrain (its Iowa, we barely have hills) and have had no problems. My feet still feel great when I get to camp. They feel light and are very breathable. They are even comfortable enough to wear to work a daily basis. They do feel a bit narrow in the toe box, but after a couple wears they feel fine. If you can find the brand in a store I would try them on to see how the width fits your foot. So far I am very happy.

Great traction and lots of support

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought these for my boyfriend for Christmas. He has worn them on several of our winter hikes already and thanks me for them again and again every time he wears them. Great traction and he says his feet have never felt so supported. They are not meant to be fully waterproof, I would recommend another boot for deep snow shoeing adventures.

Favorite Hiking Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes feel great right out of the box. They hold my heel in place better than any other shoe I have worn. I've taken these on a handful of hikes and have been very impressed. I'm excited to get more use out of them this summer.

Impressed!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11 medium

First, to be frank, I looked at Vasque footwear simply because at least one member of the SEAL team that got Bin Laden wore a waterproof Juxt by Vasque. With that "endorsement" and given the terrain here in the Appalachians and its foothills being more rugged than some folks realize as well as the terrain that SEAL has worked in being similar to here in some cases, with it being less desert and rocky here I went with the Vasque Mantra 2.0(non-waterproof version) and I am very impressed so far.
They went straight from the box to the hills and again I'm impressed.
I've been disappointed by some other brand name boots that didn't really meet expectations at all, not performing or fitting well for the names and prices. The Mantra 2.0 has chewed up some hills where brand name hunting boots failed. I was looking at the lack of ankle support as maybe being an issue on the steeper hills but that's one thing I like most about these shoes is the ankle flexibility and that's falling in the preference category.
They're a bit hefty for a low top hiker but they feel as rugged as a boot and that's a plus. I'm a bit narrow size 11 and the fit is perfect for me with great toe space. They're not quiet as breathable as I thought they would be but that's a non-issue. Again I'm very impressed so far and I would highly recommend them.
To anyone like me who went for mid hikers or boots, fear not, hunting and hiking will be better with a pair of Mantra 2.0 on your feet.

Nice hiking shoe

    These are comfortable, supportive, and fit true to size. They are great for light hiking and camping.

    Sturdy hiking shoe, but less flexible

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    The Vasque Mantra 2.0 is a solid, well rounded hiking shoe. It's so sturdy that it feels closer to a boot than a shoe. Not that there is anything wrong with that, if it's what your looking for. I like hiking shoes that lean more towards the "shoe" end of the spectrum and can double as a trail running shoe for short jaunts. That's not going to happen in the Vasque Mantra 2.0. They shoes run a little tight as well and the limited flexibility caused quite a few blisters on the first few walks. Be ready to break these in a little more than your typical shoe. That's not to say that these are small shoes. The length is true to size, but there are some spots that are unforgiving until broken in.

    Don't get me wrong, these are good, solid shoes if you're looking for something closer to the boot end of the hiking shoe spectrum. For the amount of strength and support provided they are well ventilated. Water is brushed away easily so they don't get totally soaked in light showers.

    Update...

      I've owned these shoes for a year and a half and I have tested them and then some. They are fairly light, very durable, and they have conquered every terrain I've encountered. From snowshoeing in Wisconsin to hiking up Frenchman Mountain in Nevada, they have performed incredibly well. I've gotten them wet many times and they have dried quickly without degrading the shoe. These are seriousI've owned these shoes for a year and a half and I have tested them and then some. They are fairly light, very durable, and they have conquered every terrain I've encountered. From snowshoeing in Wisconsin to hiking up Frenchman Mountain in Nevada, they have performed incredibly well. I've gotten them wet many times and they have dried quickly without degrading the shoe. These are seriously the most impressive and phenomenal shoes that I've ever owned, and I can't imagine hiking without them. I bought mine a half size larger than my normal shoes, and doing so has helped accommodate feet that can get swollen during warm temps or an extra pair of socks in the frozen tundra. ly the most impressive and phenomenal shoes that I've ever owned, and I can't imagine hiking without them. I bought mine a half size larger than my normal shoes, and doing so has helped accommodate feet that can get swollen during warm temps and an extra pair of socks in the frozen tundra.

      Awesome for everything

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10.5

      The first day that I bought these shoes I used them on a pretty gnarly hike and scree scramble up to a sport route. The next day I took them to City of Rocks and had a long weekend of hiking and climbing. Even thought they were brand new and not broken in at all they fit suuuuuper well, no hot spots or blisters. The shoes I had before were basically rugged tennis shoes, so these made a huge difference. the Vibram rubber soles stick to everything and make you feel sure footed in pretty much any terrain. I usually wear a 10.5 and these fit me perfectly. Durable, rugged and breathable - these are the best hiking shoes I've ever owned.

      My Favorites

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11

      I have owned many pairs of hiking shoes over the years and rarely do I buy the same ones twice. The Mantra's are the exceptions. They are comfortable right out of the box (no need to break in), and stay that way until they are literally falling apart. They seem to dry quickly when wet and the leather they are made from is very durable. The soles are ideal for most conditions, from dirt and sand, to rock and snow. The aggressive treads keep you firmly planted.

      Comfortable Durable Functional

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10.0

      Let me start by saying I'm not a highly experienced hiker so I don't have I lot to compare to but, I love these so far. Worn a few times around town then hiked a short hike (Gorham Trail, Acadia National Park) yesterday. Man, these things gripped like they had hot tar on the soles. Very impressed so far. I would definitely recommend these and would buy again.

      Good sturdy shoes

        The are very firm and rigid, affecting the overall level of confort but they seem to be built to last. Great quality material used and the vibram sole is a good plus. In hot tropical weathers the shoe is warmer than expected.

        Great Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 9.5

        Fit very well, rugged and nice looking, love them recommend.

        Great so far

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 9.5

        I'm accustomed to Keen products which are lighter and have a nice roomy toe area but lately have fallen apart too quickly. I find this Vasque shoe sturdier yet surprisingly comfortable. I'm usually hard to fit but this shoe hugs in all the right places. I must admit I haven't given them much of a pounding yet so I hope I'm not speaking too soon.

        Best low top hiking shoes I've owned

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        The build quality is great! The sole conforms to the foot after a day or two of use. Tread design is really impressive, makes for great traction in all conditions.

        AWESOME SHOES!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        These shoes are very tough, yet comfortable as well. I've used them in a variety if terrains, and they have held up wonderfully well. I took a chance and bought them a half size larger than my work shoes, and a full size larger than my running shoes, and I'm glad I did. On longer treks, I've found that my feet swell, so that and the fact that I tend to wear thicker socks with shoes like this, gave me the hunch to go big, or go home (so to speak). The shoes fit me perfectly, and have supported my feet very well. By the way, they look cool, so what are you waiting for?

        Do these Mantras fit like the Salomon X ultra? I find the Salomon to run narrow for me. Thanks, Andy

        These will fit much like the Salomon X Ultra. Salomon actually gets more narrow as you get into their higher end trail runners. The X-Ultra is still using a wider toe box, if you are looking for something that is even wider check out Keen's offerings.

        Unanswered Question

        How can I find a 11 wide (EE) ? None of...

        How can I find a 11 wide (EE) ? None of the online stores with your link stock this size . Thanks , John

        Unanswered Question

        Amazon.com lists Backcountry as the supplier...

        Amazon.com lists Backcountry as the supplier of wide-width Vasque Mantara 2.0 shoes. This shoe in wide width is either backordered or discontinued by most online stores. Why would Amazon list you as the suppler of a wide width shoe when clearly that is not the case? I'm glad I went to your site to find out. Someone should contact Amazon and get this straightened out. I was very excited to find my shoe size, but now am bummed out.

        Awesome

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I bought my first pair of these 2 years ago and I've put almost 400miles on them. I broke them in on a 47 mile hike on the AT through Maryland. Spent almost a year hiking through southern Japan and finished off with climbing Mt Fuji. I have a wide foot with a high instep and usually wear a 10 1/2, I bought a size 11 and that affords me enough room for when my feet swell during long hikes. They breath well, are super comfortable, and the sole is durable yet provides substantial traction on all types of terrain. They are not water proof but the dry quickly. I was so impressed I just bought my second pair!