Vasque Introduces its Lightest, Technical Backpacking Boot

Vasque footwear, a performance leader in the hiking and backpacking industry, is introducing its lightest weight, most technical backpacking boot to date at the 2013 Winter Outdoor Retailer, January 23 – 26.

Red Wing, MN – Vasque footwear, a performance leader in the hiking and backpacking industry, is introducing its lightest weight, most technical backpacking boot to date at the 2013 Winter Outdoor Retailer, January 23 – 26. The innovative St. Elias GTX is a lightweight boot that offers serious performance for backpackers’ excursions on the trail.

Coming in at 3lbs 1oz, the St. Elias GTX combines traditional all-leather comfort and support with a cutting edge, weight optimized sole and athletic inspired midsole. The all leather St. Elias GTX is comfortable right out of the box, due to the technologically advanced A.S.E. midsole with EVA cushioning pods. The new A.S.E. midsole is an EVA derivative that offers the lightweight features of EVA with the compression and abrasion resistance features of PU in an all new material. Strategically placed EVA cushioning pods conform to the irregular terrain of the trail while providing athletic level cushioning to the heel and forefoot while the full length lasting board offers the support needed when hiking off camber trails and carrying heavy loads.

Continuing with the latest technological features, the outsole is the Vasque proprietary Vibram Frontier sole that is contoured in the heel and toe to increase gait efficiency and decrease overall weight. The Vibram XS Trek rubber compound ensures positive traction while the lug design and surface conformability adapt to changing trail surfaces, achieving near approach shoe level grip.

Vasque continues living up to their reputation as an innovative, performance footwear company with the new St. Elias GTX backpacking boot available in both men’s and women’s sizing with an MSRP of $189.99.

Stop by Vasque booth #12000 to check out this lightweight backpacker at Winter Outdoor Retailer. For more information please contact Angie Houck at

About Vasque

Vasque is a performance based outdoor footwear brand rich in heritage and deeply rooted in the outdoors.Owned and operated by the Red Wing Shoe Company, Red Wing, MN, the brand was created in 1966 by the company’s chairman; William D Sweasy. Today, just as Mr. Sweasy did some 45 plus years ago, Vasque understands the outdoors is a state of mind. It is this understanding that motivates Vasque to focus on fit and world-class performance in every purpose-built backpacking, hiking and trail running shoe they create. Vasque’s authentic footwear is designed and built to withstand harsh conditions, rugged wear and the tests of time while delivering the best fit and all-day comfort on the


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