- Comfort – 7/10
- Stability – 10/10
- Traction – 8/10
- Durability – 8/10
The Vasque St. Elias is one of the favorites among cross-country skiers. The double insole offers your feet sufficient cushioning, and the high ankle collar virtually eliminates the risk of sprains.
Combine this with unmatched stability and reliable all-round traction. You have a complete winner.
If everything is so good why isn’t it the best recommendation?
This is one of the heaviest walking shoes on the market. With a growing preference for light shoes, the Elias seems a bit dated. Even in hot conditions, your feet will get warm and you will need to take breaks.
WHAT WE LIKED
- The dual insole keeps your feet comfortable on long tiring hikes
- High ankle collar and rigid insert make it the most stable boot on our list
- It eats through the trail and performs well all around. (From granite to muddier stretches to even wet rocks, it scores high on traction)
- Finally, with full-grain leather, this will last for years
WHAT WE DISLIKED
- It weighs close to 3.4 lbs. Due to this, your feet get tired quite easily
- Due to average breathability, your feet feel warm especially at the end of the day
If you’re a fan of old-school design and looking for a shoe that will stand the test of time, you can’t go wrong with the St. Elias GTX.