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2011

Vasque Jule Hiking Shoes review
Written by Sarah Klingler   
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Vasque JuleThe Vasque Jule combines comfort and durability in a hiking shoe that feels like a sneaker but has treads like a tank.  The Jule is the women’s version of the Juxt, which has been hailed as a versatile hiking shoe. Ladies can get excited for having access to the same top technologies in outdoor footwear.

The Jule provides the support that an athletic hiker demands from a shoe.  The Arc Tempo last has a narrower heel pocket and offers aid for higher arches.  The technology places your foot in a powerful position for attacking difficult terrain and clearing a rock or root in your path.  This shoe handles technical trails with comfort and ease.

The Jule is a shoe, not a boot – but Vasque has tackled the diminished ankle support with a solid shank adding underfoot support to make up for the shorter shoe.  The Jule is stable and secure over difficult terrain. A rolled ankle or foot-buckle was not experienced during testing.

Vasque uses “Off the Grid” (OTG) technology in its footing – a slip-resistant compound offering support and grab – a surprisingly sturdy and stable feel in a shoe that weighs less than a sneaker.

The Vasque Jule’s light weight and ankle freedom make the Jule a shoe for warmer-weather hiking – it’s a cooler, more comfortable shoe.  The leather is breathable and the top section of over laid mesh and contrast stitching keeps your feet from turning in to a sauna.  Not to forget, it offers far better tan-lines than your typical hiking boot.

Another plus about the Jule – it’s proved virtually waterproof during testing.  It won’t fare well in more than a few inches of water, but you can feel confident splashing in puddles or hopping logs through a stream – no soggy toes.

Vasque Logoimages/VasqueThe Jule laces close to the toe for a snug fit.  The Jule’s rubber sole comes on the toe for protection and waterproofing.  The quality of the leather and the extra cushioned heel and footbed makes the break-in process quick and relatively painless.

A shorter fit causes some dirt, rocks, dust to accumulate in the foot.  On the first trips with the Vasque Jule, the hard rubber sole was slippery on wet, slick surfaces – with the breaking in of the shoe, this slipperiness went away. (MSRP $95)


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Sarah Klingler

SKlinglerSarah Klingler, a Pittsburgh, Pa native, was practically born on the snow. Before she was 18 months old, her parents strapped her into her first pair of skis, and she fell in love with winter.

She's a ski instructor at Seven Springs resort, but when Klingler's not on the hill with students, you can find her snowshoeing, cross country and telemark skiing, or hiking through the pow with her snow-loving Labrador, Emma.

When the snow melts, Klingler mountain and road bikes, hikes, horseback rides, whitewater rafts, and dreams about chairlifts.

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