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Modern meets Traditional with Vasque’s New Eriksson GTX Backpacker

Red Wing, MN – Keeping their promise to bring performance footwear to outdoor enthusiasts, Vasque is debuting the European-inspired, full-grain leather, Eriksson GTX in Fall 2014. Named for the famed explorer, Leif Eriksson, Vasque uses advanced technology to increase user comfort in a backpacking boot without compromising the performance needed on the trail.


The Eriksson GTX is comprised of a three-part midsole including an EVA footbed, PU heel cup and a TPU chassis that runs the length of the boot. This combination means better cushioning underfoot plus the torsional rigidity needed by backpackers. A higher leather cuff with PU foam means added stability and more comfort for backpackers who are traveling longer distances and carrying heavier loads.


In addition to the technical midsole, Vasque has updated its exclusive Summit outsole to blend traditional lug geometry with a more fluid, organic lug technology, leading to a lighter weight design that has added traction and provides a more natural gait while hiking. The Eriksson GTX upper comes equipped with a Gore-tex® liner that guarantees durable, waterproof, breathability and dry feet even on the wettest of days. MSRP $219.99.

‘Most people are used to enjoying the comfort of their everyday casual shoes, and the thought of lacing up a backpacking boot and spending multiple days on the trail is in stark contrast to this,” states Product Manager Brain Hall. “By making some refinements to the structure of these boots, we are able to ease the user into that transition and provide the comfort they desire in a performance backpacking boot.’

Stop by the Vasque booth #11001 at Winter Outdoor Retailer January 22-25 to see the new Eriksson GTX backpacking boot. For more information on Vasque’s collection of performance hiking, backpacking and trail running footwear, please visit or email Angie Houck at

About Vasque

Vasque footwear was established in 1964 in response to a need for performance hiking footwear in the US market. With a passion for performance and fit, Vasque’s mission to this day is to bring the latest in technology and design to outdoor enthusiasts by making quality, rugged footwear for all types of trail conditions. Every shoe in Vasque’s collection of backpacking, performance hiking, insulated and trail running shoes are designed to give adventurers a perfect fit for all day comfort on the trail.