The Vasque St. Elias GTX is a modern take on a traditional backpacking boot made out of full-grain leather and a stiff insert for stability. Much like its predecessors, the St. Elias provides durability, waterproofness, comfort and support. Though, as a modern boot, it sheds weight where it can, unlike the burly Asolo Power Matic 200 GV which still remains in the traditional style. With light materials that still offer performance, this is a boot that is ready to hit the trails hard and to last for many seasons with proper use and care.
Most of the boots in our review, however, are lighter, and the trend towards light footwear that still offers high performance has given us boots like the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX, which maintain support and stability but replace heavy leather with synthetic materials.