Vasque Juxt | A Do Everything Tactical Trail Shoe

Hiking boots really took the tactical community by storm during OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom). Rugged mountain terrain proved a horrible environment for standard-issue tan 8" boots.

Special Operations and conventional counterparts have been issued and buying hiking boots out of pocket for years now. Everyone has their brand preference it seems, but some dominate more than others, Salomon, Merrill, etc.

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot

$80.65
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

One brand that isn’t as well-known (but should be) is Vasque.

Vasque Juxt | A Do Everything Tactical Trail Shoe
Vasque Juxt worn by a DEVGRU operator during the Bin Laden raid. Now on display at Vasque headquarters.

I was and still am a big Salomon footwear guy. I’ve used the Salomon Quest 4D and multiple XA pro variants for years. The only issue I ever had with some of the lighter weight Salomon’s is that they wore out very quickly. In the search for a more durable pair of approach-type kicks, I heard about the reliability and durability of Vasque shoes.

Salomon XA PRO 3D

$119.00
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

The few other guys I knew that had Vasque footwear all swore by the brand, so I decided to purchase the Vasque Juxt.

Vasque Juxt | A Do Everything Tactical Trail Shoe

I went with a trail shoe over a hiking boot as I wanted ankle mobility and not ankle support (think short-term assaults, short movements over rough terrain, etc.) The first thing I liked about them is the limited use of synthetics in the upper. They are made using thick suede leather that has proved durable over the last few years.

The other thing that stands out with these specific Vasque shoes is the lacing system. It extends almost down to the toe, allowing for a more customizable fit that stays locked in place. They are definitely a stable shoe across the board, and the reinforced toe cap is good for when you have to kick something (or someone) around.

Vasque Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe

$84.95
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

The biggest reason I liked Salomon brand hiking footwear was that every pair I had ever used were comfortable out of the box. The Vasque Juxt are the same way. Durable and stable, yet not sacrificing comfort and flexibility. Usually, you have to choose between the two, but not in this case.

If you are someone who loves Salomon or just someone who needs a pair of decent approach shoes, check out the Vasque Juxt. I’ve had mine for about 3 years, and they have been through the wringer. They are still going strong with no end in sight.


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