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Posted on September 15, 2011
From a company that’s been around for nearly five decades, Vasque has quite a hiking boots backlog to look to for inspiration. Hints of those past styles can be seen in the outdoor footwear specialist’s new line for spring 2012.
The Talus WP is an update to a waterproof boot that still emanates that old-world hiking vibe. With details like leather eyelets and no toe cap, the new Talus is much more lightweight and durable. Its nubuck leather is fully waterproof to keep out any unwanted moisture you might meet on the trail.
At Outdoor Retailer 2011, we spoke with Jay Kovacs, Vasque product development manager, about the upcoming style. In addition to the boot’s lightweight appeal, he also mentioned the boot’s aggressive tread and traction.
“The most important part about this [boot] is the call back to our heritage,” Kovacs said. “The super-classic, one-piece corrected grain upper gives that classic, heritage hiking boot look and wraps it all in a nice, modern technical package that gives you the correct length of stability and cushioning.”
The Talus features a PU midsole with an embedded shank to give flexibility where it’s needed along with heel support and a padded collar. Leather appears in the boot’s forefoot and corridor and will quickly conform to the foot after minimal wear, according to Kovacs.
“It’s a call-back to the heritage, yet it’s a step forward,” Kovacs adds.
What’s your favorite Vasque style?