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Vasque - Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot - Women's

Vasque Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot - Women's

$109.97 - $219.95 $219.99

Item #VSQ001D

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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
full-grain leather
Gore-Tex membrane
molded polyurethane
molded polyurethane, TPU shank
Vasque Pyrenees
Claimed Weight:
[size 7, pair] 2 lb 10 oz
Recommended Use:
backpacking, hiking & camping
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot

The Vasque Women's Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot still feels good when the sun's dipping down and you've been hiking since morning. This boot features waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex and a durable leather upper made with minimal seams for additional protection against abrasion and wet weather. Molded polyurethane gives the midsole and footbed plenty of support, while the TPU shank works with the cambered heel to ensure hiking-specific stability. Vasque's Pyrenees soft rubber is lugged in specific places to ensure grip on uphills and downhills.

  • Gore-Tex membrane
  • Full-grain leather upper
  • Molded polyurethane footbed and midsole
  • TPU shank with cambered heel
  • Vasque Pyrenees rubber sole

So far so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Have only used these once but they were so comfortable and has great ankle support. No blisters or rubbing. I love the red laces too!

Even broken in they destroy my feet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've logged close to 75 miles in these boots and they still destroy my feet. I normally wear a 8.5 and I sized up to a 9 which was a seemingly great fit. I love the design and traction of the boot (and that they're waterproof), but I've tried just about every variety of hiking socks on the market, preventative taping, different lacing techniques, etc. and I still end up with massive blisters on my heels and bruising just above my ankle where the boot shaft hits every time I hike in them.

Hey Whitney,
I'm sorry these don't work for you! Stiff, full leather hiking boots definitely aren't for everyone. I would expect them to loosen up after 75 miles though.

Do you like having toes?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 8

If you don't size up half a size, you will be like me, deeply regretting this purchase. I have now hiked over 100 miles in these boots, hoping that they would break in. They did break in, everywhere except the toe. These boots ruin every hike I go on. And guess what? Because it's been over a year I can't return these, or even get credit. A complete waste.

If they were too small, why wouldnt you return them? To give a product a bad review becasue you bought a size too small says nothing about the product itslef.

girl, i get it. they felt snug at first, but in the way you think would naturally break in. nothing better than a nice pair of hikers that gently begin to form to your foot and gate. the one and only pair of mine like that i wore 500 miles until they literally fell apart hiking the Shenandoahs just 2 miles from the Jeep. when they don't break in right, then you are stuck. if you buy for the extra toe wiggle room, they break in and are huge around your foot. fitting one area of the foot doesn't help, and fitting all but the toes is all wrong too, since, as you point out, squished toes ruins every hike. these are a win-lose no matter what size you go with.

over the years i've tried several Vasque models in women's and men's sizes with the same outcome. Sundowner included. but i finally had to admit to myself this was just not the shoe for my foot. i officially gave up on all Vasque footwear even though they're durable, have the low profile heels that i like, cush soles, and usually fit me everywhere else just fine. but...they do not seem to give in the toes as they should. the final pair i bought big (b/c i sized up to make room for toes) that they're now relegated to $130 "dog pile pick up" shoes.

La Sportiva fits my foot perfectly. maybe give them a try. i loved their Stinger boots and their Wildcat GTX trail shoe is my go to the past 10 years.

Great boot for backpacking!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 7.5

This is a nice sturdy shoe for backpacking. I have had no issues with blisters & they are really comfortable. They look retro but perform like a modern shoe. I typically wear a size 7, but a 7.5 was perfect in this shoe.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

I can't say enough about these boots, they were comfy right out of the box, no break in time people! It was insane! Got these to hike Moab, UT and Arches National Park and they didn't fail! They are sturdy and handle the rocks amazingly. I love that they still look like vintage boots and also come with red laces. Take it from someone who attempted to break in TWO pairs of fancy Danner boots, these are the best hiking boots on the market! I typically wear size 9-10 and landed on a 10 with these.

Great Replacement for Wasatch Boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 6

So I have had the Wasatch Boot by vasque for FOREVER. They finally kicked the bucket so I decided to go with these for casual hiking. They are super comfortable and stylish but do not sacrifice function at all. Vasque is a trusted brand for me when it come to hiking and I would highly recommend them for any one looking for a great boot!

Classic design, awesome support

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 7.0

These boots give me life! Can't beat the classic look of the red laces, but more importantly, they're a great technical boot. I've done some initial hiking in them and found them to be super comfortable. I typically wear a 6.5 in all shoes, but had to go a half size up in these, and I would recommend the same for everyone, especially once you get some wool socks on. I do, however, have high arches so before my first backpacking trip of the season, I'll likely add an insole insert for additional support. All in all, very pleased with this purchase and I expect these to be a long time boot of mine.

UPDATE: These boots need some major breaking in. I'd hiked nearly 50 miles in them before going on my first 30lbs backpacking trip. Shortly into the hike, I felt the back of my heels heat up in irritation. I'd quickly developed two silver dollar sized blisters and had to hike out with these boots on as they were my only shoes I'd packed. These boots are supportive, but they are also rigid and tough on your feet. Maybe having a thicker sock would have helped, but these boots absolutely destroyed my feet this past weekend.

Happy Feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9

These boots and me go way back. I've owned three pair of Vasque boots and my first pair would be considered ridiculously heavy in today's market. So when I went boot shopping for a new pair, I tried on every brand at a hiking retail store thinking that it was time to modernize. But lo and behold, this Vasque boot had me in its magic grip again. Vasque lightened up and changed the sole so that it's a lot more flexible. Everyone's feet are so different, but mine just love these boots. I've hiked Ireland, parts of the Sierras, and the peaks of Southern Cal in them. I also do one or two conditioning hikes a week and have occasionally switched to a lighter boot to give my feet a break from boots, but guess what? My feet do not feel as good in the lighter shoe.

Worst Blisters

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 8

Bought these thinking they were cute but also durable for backpacking. They were fine around town but as soon as I took them for a serious trip, they gave me the worst blisters of my life. Super cute shoe but they are not fun on a backpacking trip.

Hey Alyssa,
Sucks to hear that some blisters put a damper on your backpacking trip.
I've been wearing these boots daily for 5 months now and I feel like they're JUST getting broken in and the creeks and groans are dying down.
These are super stiff boots as you know! I've read some people on other sites recommend getting them wet and wearing them around for the day to loosen them up. I haven't done this, but it is worth a shot for you if you're in need of these boots softening up.
Hopefully a little more break in period works and you end up with a great boot!
Happy Trails!

Comfy and Cute

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

These were my first pair of hiking boots. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and I think they were true to size. I was a little worried that they were too big. When I would tie them and my heel would move, but I watched some videos to help tie them better. They are on the heavier side, but I bought them mainly on the look of the shoe! I changed the laces to red (which were included). Love them!

I love these boots!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Before purchasing them I read the other reviews and then decided to order a half size larger than my street shoe size. The boots ended up fitting perfectly - I could have probably even ordered a full shoe size larger than my street shoe, but half a size did the trick. These boots are comfortable and look great.

A Little Nug

    I bought these for my GF and she loves them! Super comfortable and also stylish. The only issue she's had with them is they fit a little snug. She decided to keep them since the size up was out of stock, but I think they'll stretch out. If you're in between sizes, definitely size up.

    Vasque Sundowner GTX

      Get down with the Sundowner.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 8.5

      Ah, the hiking boot saga. It's been a seemingly never ending uphill battle for the past 4 years. However I'm excited to say that I think the search stops here with the Vasque Sundowner. My foot profile is as follows: very thin, narrow heel with relatively normal arches. My feet aren't especially girthy or tall in nature, however I do have incredibly long, bony toes which often dictate whether or not a shoe fits me well.

      Nonetheless, my first pair of hiking boots (Lowa Renegade GTX) lasted somewhere around 8 years and endured many seasons worth of landscaping, hiking, and daily wear and tear. While I was extremely content and happy with their performance, I felt like they bit the dust too soon. So I ventured to try the Oboz Women's Bridger Boot, which did not end up working out for me at all. While I really wanted this boot work for me as it was quite comfortable and provided a generous amount of support, the Bridger squeezed me in all the wrong places and the countless seams irritated my feet—so consequently, I would end up with squished and sweaty feet, hot spots and all. After bestowing the Bridger Boot upon my mother (who has very narrow feet, lives in New England, and hikes/walks when she can), my husband suggested I try out a pair of Vasques as they're owned by Red Wing, which we both consider to be a tried-and-true sort of company. I tried on a handful of styles and sizes, even the old-reboot of the Sundowner, and I ended up settling on a St. Elias-esque, suede Gore-Tex pair (complete with toecap, aggressive tread and all) that was soon to be discontinued. At the time, the fit was okay (I made a detour into the size 9 realm which did not work out for me) - I figured that my feet would splay out with miles however I soon found the boot to be far, far too large for me. I was sloppily walking in them.

      So, having made some poor decisions in the hiking-boot-purchasing department I approached buying a new boot with a wary mind and solid idea of what I needed / wanted. I love the full-grain leather of the Asolo TPS, but really enjoyed the arch support of a Vasque. I thought about buying another Lowa Renegade, but wasn't ready to give up on Vasques yet. Shortly after, I soon discovered the Vasque Sundowner courtesy of Hilary Oliver's blog (thegription.com). At first glance, I thought "oh no, here's another hiking boot attempting to look all retro and #liveauthentic," but after having read up on the boot itself (i.e. its history, technical features, etc) I was soon swayed despite its PNW-esque vibes. Not to mention, my mom had a pair of the Sundowners ages ago when she would hike in the White Mountains which I thought was pretty nifty. So, I took a leap of faith and decided to give the Sundowners a try in a size 8.5. I' m a huge fan of the Gore-Tex membrane, and seemingly the leather breathes well when my feet start to get a little sweat. Thus far, the fit is to be expected with a new, full-grain leather boot that does in fact require breaking in. It's a little tight in the physical height of the toe box, which I figure after some aggressive wearing that they'll break in appropriately and the leather will loosen up. The arch support is unlike anything I've ever experienced - holy cannoli am I stoked. The lacing system doesn't pinch and the tread is pretty freakin' aggressive. The shaft height hits right above the ankle and doesn't rub or chafe while walking around. I haven't embarked upon any major adventures in these yet as I'm taking my time breaking these in, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform. Additionally, I have read reviews regarding the concerns on whether or not this reboot of the Sundowner actually stands up to wear and tear, and I'm lead to believe that this was the reboot of the reboot, which evidently is more hardy than its reboot predecessor. We'll see how this boot withstands the test of time, but I'm really quite pleased with them thus far.

      wow this was such a helpful review. Thank you for taking the time to write it!


      Men's Women's
      6 38 5 24 4 33.5 1.5 21
      6.5 38.5 5.5 24.5 4.5 34 2 21.5
      7 39 6 25 5 34.5 2.5 22
      7.5 40 6.5 25.5 5.5 35 3 22.5
      8 41 7 26 6 36 3.5 23
      8.5 41.5 7.5 26.5 6.5 37 4 23.5
      9 42 8 27 7 37.5 4.5 24
      9.5 42.5 8.5 27.5 7.5 38 5 24.5
      10 43 9 28 8 38.5 5.5 25
      10.5 43.5 9.5 28.5 8.5 39 6 25.5
      11 44 10 29 9 40 6.5 26
      11.5 45 10.5 29.5 9.5 41 7 26.5
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      14 48 13 32 11 42.5 8.5 28
      15 49 14 33 12 43 9 28.5