Vasque Monolith Overview
My Rating: 4/5
Best Place To Buy: Amazon
The Vasque monolith is by far one of the lightest boots to use when hiking compared with other heavy hiking boots such as Manta Pro GTX, Scarpa Sl Activ or Asolo TPS 520 GV. The Vasque monolith has comfort and protection at its core design. This is what makes this lightweight boots special from other boots. This is to make the hiking trip more fun and enjoyable for hikers. Below I have broken down each of the features in-depth and how hikers enjoy this lightweight boot.
The upper material of Vasque monolith is 1.8mm waterproof leather, abrasion-resistant mesh. If I break down the whole of this material down, we can see that the boot is very light due to the 1.8mm weight. This is a feature that hikers love having in their boots especially day hikers because it gives your feet the freedom of less weight to hike freely any without striction. On top of that, if you have this type of lightweight boot, it will allow you to hike long distances in a day without getting tired.
Secondly, the material used to make this hiking boot makes the boot waterproofable. This is true to some extent however the waterproof material used in the Vasque monolith is not very strong enough to protect your feet from staying dry if you are hiking in heavy rain. Personally speaking, I think this Vasque needs to improve this area of the boot to make it even strong and deal with all sorts of rain.
And lastly, the material is made of abrasion resistant mesh. The abrasion resistant mesh is an excellent material to have in this hiking boot. This is because it makes the boot very comfortable and smooth to wear. Hence, that’s why comfort is at the core of this boot design.
Waterproof And Breathable
This boot has ultra-dry waterproof system in-embed in it. From one perspective, it makes your feet very breathable to wear and it makes it comfortable. However, the ultra-dry waterproof system can deal with a small amount of water but it cannot deal with heavy rain. This means your feet and boots are not that safe when hiking in heavy rain because your boots could end up being soak. This is not very good because you could easily destroy this hiking boot.
The lacing structure is one of the key strengths of this lightweight hiking boot. The Vasque monolith has a speed lacing structure. The way it is designed and how it is structured is very simple but it is effective at the same time. This is how the speed lacing is made of.
Firstly, at the bottom of the boot, there are two round metal holes. This allows you to pull the laces through the round holes with ease. Also, the round holes allow you to lace either from the top or underneath it. This way it gives you preference as to what style of lacing you want to lace.
Secondly, there are four rounded holes at each side of the boot. These are made of the same material which is used to design the boot. This is very creative from Vasque Company because it makes the boot more fashionable to wear. This way the eight rounded holes blends perfectly with the boot. Moreover, the rounded holes are very strong and it gives you more stability when lacing your boot. This way you wouldn’t have your laces coming off all the times as you hike.
Furthermore, there is another rounded hole of the same material at the middle of the tongue. This is to give you extra security when you place your boot and it gives you that firmness that you need when you want to tie the laces together. In addition to that, the middle lace hole on the tongue keeps the tongue stable and centered on your foot. This really makes your foot comfortable as you hike with the boot.
And lastly, the Vasque monolith has got two sturdy metal hardware at the top of the boot. This is to give you that lock in secure fit at the top when you finish lacing the boot.
The toe box can be controversial for some hikers. This is because if you are someone who has a wider foot you may experience some sort of discomfort with the toe box due to how small it is. Also, you could experience some sort of pressure from side to side of the boot. This could really make your feet uncomfortable to wear.
On the other hand, if you have a small foot you will enjoy wearing them because the toe box can make your feet very comfortable and warm as you hike through the trails. I guess the toe box is more down to personal preference and how you want your feet to feel as you hike.
The Outsole, Midsole, and Insole
The outsole of this boot is designed specifically by Vasque. It has got multi-directional lugs on the outsole. This is very good at dealing with conditions such as snow, shedding, and mud. The multi-directional lugs have a good spacing which is very good at clearing all these conditions out of the boot and tries to keep it neat at all time. On top of that, the multi-directional lugs give you stability, balance, and comfort as you hike through the tough conditions.
The midsole of this lightweight is molded with EVA. EVA which stands for Ethylene-vinyl acetate has good properties such as giving the boot low temperature, stress-crack resistance, and good barrier properties. This is nice to have inside the midsole because it delivers the comfort of a running shoe and a TPU midfoot shank creates the stability needed for technical trails.
And lastly, the insole of the boot is made of dual density EVA. This is to give you all day comfort with molded polyurethane materials underneath it. This also gives you a lot of shock absorption and energy as you hike. Furthermore, since the dual density EVA used in this boot is of higher density. It gives you more control and comfort over the boot as you hike.
This boot comes in two different colours. They are black/chili pepper and magnet/white. From my perspective, I think these colours that Vasque chose to design this boot is fantastic. This is because each of the colours matches with the materials perfectly and it makes it more stylish and fashionable to wear.
This is a good strategy from Vasque because young men from this generation will love purchasing such lightweight hiking boot. Furthermore, since the colours blend perfectly with each other, you can even wear them as normal shoes and walk with them to do your normal routines such as walking to the park or going to work with them.
As we come to the conclusion of this post about Vasque monolith lightweight hiking boot. It seems that this boot is ideal for day hiking or hiking with a lighter pack. This is because it doesn’t have strong features to deal with long distance hikes. However, the great thing about this boot is how it can deal with snow, mud, dirt and some water. This shows that you can wear them anytime and anywhere without worrying if it’s going to get damaged by serious weather conditions.
I believe some of the key strengths of this boot are the lacing structure, the selection of colours used for the design and how it is breathable. All these key features make the boot very comfortable to wear them and gives you stability as you hike with them.
On another hand, some of the weakness of this boot is the toe box and the material used. I know the toe box is a controversial topic, however, I included it as a weakness of this boot is because it can discourage hikers who have larger feet from purchasing this boot. Simply because they may feel that the toe box could make their feet uncomfortable as they hike. It will be a great idea to see Vasque Company make some few adjustments to the toe box and expand the side of the boot a little bigger.
I think the material is nice to use for the Vasque monolith boot because it blends the colors with the laces. However, the issue with this material is that it is not strong enough to deal with heavy rain and the boot could end up being soak in water.
Apart from these weaknesses, I still think that this lightweight hiking boot is fantastic to wear with and hike with it. If you take good care of this boot and maintain how it looks, it could last for a very long time.
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And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip.