The Vasque Bitterroot GTX is a mid to heavy weight, waterproof hiking boot suitable for weekend backpacks or extended backcountry trips on a variety of terrain from maintained trails to rugged and rocky surfaces. The boot’s full leather, minimal-seam with Gore-tex construction is ready for tough trail conditions and a durable, metal hardware lacing system is secure and offers easy fit adjustments.
A nice fit feature of the Bitterroot GTX is this little bit of asymmetry that has been designed into the heel here. You can see that this side comes out a little bit wider and offers more space for the ankle bone and a comfortable fit.
Under foot you’ll find a flexible TPU plate that’s rigid enough to protect the bottom of your foot from roots and rocks and a Polyurethane midsole to help cushion your foot.
A layer of dual density EVA rubber helps cushion your foot and provides comfort on high mile days. The outsole of the Bitterroot is a Vasque exclusive called Vibram Contact which features aggressive, high-traction lugs at the heel and toe areas while a prominent heel edge provides better traction on steep descents.
Lets take a look at the model for the outsole construction of the Bitterroot. This is you Polyurethane shank that is very stiff, rigid, and supportive. It gives the boot allot of structure. Second compontent is a polyurethane midsole. It is flexible yet stiff and offers cushioning and support in the heel. The third part that really makes this boot stand out is the dual density midsole. you can see this very soft piece of rubber that offers cushioning in the heel by cupping the heel for support. Vasque has designed this second shank. although it is not as stiff, it is very flexible in two separate pieces. It really allows the boot to move comfortably on your foot and still offer the same protection undefoot that a heavier and stiffer boot might. Last but not least you have you Vibram outsole.
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