Vasque St. Elias GTX Backpacking Boot


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Bottom Line

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.