First of all, Nope, this isn’t an ad or a sponsored post- just sharing a piece of gear that I really love.
I’m a pretty big fan of @vasquefootwear SunDowners. They have sort of a legendary status among lots of hikers for their one piece wrap-around, no-frills design and Goretex waterproofness (No seams except right at the back) and the soft rounded last, which makes them feel less blocky than a lot of other boots.
My first pair were actually hand-me-downs from my dad when I was about 16 or so. We’ve worn the same shoe size since I was in the 8th grade and I kept wearing his, so he bought a new pair and let me have his.
Those lasted about another 5 years or so, of hard abuse, hunting, fishing, a summer in Alaska, hiking on weekends and as rain boots through much of college.
I picked up another pair mid way through my 20’s and they were similar, but not quite the same and they didn’t last as long, so I moved on.
Last year when I was doing research on new boots, I decided to look at Sundowners again. As I read the reviews, it seemed pretty clear that they had gone back to the old design and materials.
I ordered a pair, and haven’t looked back! These fit exactly like the old ones! I’m notorious for standing in icy mountain streams to get just the right shot and these are my trusty companion for the sort of behavior. Also, my friend @sarahskyann was so emphatic about the red laces that I just had to choose them.
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