On weeknights when I’m not sharing my hiking tips with the world on Hiking Lady, I round up some friends and go hiking around the local hills. I lace up my Vasque Kota XCR Cross-Training Shoes, put on a headlamp and my hydration waistpack, and off I go!
When I bought these shoes, I had never owned a pair of Vasque hiking boots or shoes before. I had heard that Vasque manufactures top quality footwear, but what attracted me to try them on was that Vasque shoes typically run narrow. Since I have a narrow heel, I wanted to give them a try.
This model provides a sturdy rubber toe, which is helpful for preventing stubbed toes on my night hikes, a very good lugsole, and most importantly, a great fit. There are lots of other features, such as Gore-Tex lining, a well padded tongue, and quick drying material, all of which can be expected from Vasque.
The Not So Good:
The Kotas are slightly heavy for trail running. They’re great for hiking, but I prefer trail running or regular old running shoes if I’m going to be breaking into a sprint!
Overall, the Vasque Kotas are a good, all-around hiking shoe that continue to serve me well on a multitude of adventures! From short walks on rainy, fall days to full day hikes in the mountains, and more, my pair has exceeded expectations. They’ve even posed for the camera when I responded to Pat’s question about hiking boots for narrow feet!
Note: The Vasque Kotas are hard to find because they are an older style. Another pair I like are my Vasque Soleras. Like most Vasque shoes, they run narrow!