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Red Wing, MN – Tested in the harsh cold winters of Northern Minnesota where average temperatures hover around 6 degrees Fahrenheit, Vasque’s newest additions to the Winter Hiking Collection are designed to handle the gnarliest winter conditions. Making it easier for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy the great outdoors throughout winter, Vasque is introducing a modern day mukluk and an athletically nimble insulated hiker.
Named for the rugged wilderness area in Northern Minnesota that is home to one of the last stands of virgin, old-growth red and white pine in the state, the Lost 40 is an extreme cold weather boot. Vasque’s design team applied their expertise of spending winters in Minnesota to the design of this modern day Mukluk. With a mix of modern and traditional materials, this boot is designed to withstand extreme cold temperatures when out hiking on the trail. A softshell and suede leather upper with a removable 7mm felted wool liner with 200g of 3M Thinsulate™ and an internal midsole of AeroGel foam ensure feet will be warm and well-cushioned. The Lost 40 assures a snug fit with a unique 2-part zonal lacing system. A quick-lace toggle tightens at the bottom, while a separate lacing at the top with a snap-down garage keeps laces secure. For unparalleled traction and stability on frozen surfaces, Vasque used a Vibram Overland outsole with an anti-slip IceTrek compound. MSRP $179.99
“Our inspiration for these boots come from the fact that our customers appreciate functional, stylish boots that are made for a specialized purpose,” states Director of Product Development, Brian Hall. “By offering them slimmer profiles in our insulated collection that offer warmth, stability and traction, we fulfill their needs for technical winter footwear that is nimble, lightweight, and perfect for the coldest days.”
The most nimble insulted product in Vasque’s collection, the Coldspark UltraDry™ has a light, athletic profile. Using 200 grams of Thinsulate and Vasque’s proprietary waterproofing, UltraDry™, this boot will keep feet warm on long winter hikes. A ColdHold Compound comprised of a dual density rubber sole ensures traction in cold, slick conditions. Harder, sharper lugs line the perimeter of the outsole offering a positive bite into snow and frozen turf while the center lugs remain pliable in cold temperatures, enabling them to conform to irregularities in the terrain for the ultimate in traction. The Coldspark UltraDry™ is Vasque’s fastest, lightest, most athletic winter product to date. MSRP $139.99
To see the Fall ’16 collection, stop by the Vasque booth 12001 at the Winter Outdoor Retailer show January 7 – 10. For more information visit www.vasque.com or email Angie Houck at email@example.com.
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.