Review: Vasque Rift Approach Shoe
Posted by Cameron Martindell on 31 December 2011
Spring climbing calls for an approach shoe that is comfortable and light. The Vasque Rift comes in bold and subtle color options to suit every personality. This multisport shoe sports the ultra sticky Vibram Spider outsole with Idrogrip Compound reaching from above the toe all the way back and up the heal to stab those tricky approach routes.
Soft and comfortable, wearing the Rift is like wearing tough slippers. Soft laces tie easily and stay tied. After hitting a few trails in them, my feet are always happy with the experience and I’m never itching to get these shoes off.
While these shoes are not necessarily promoted as a light hiker, they serve well in that capacity as well. I took them on a three day (was meant to be four days) trek in the Grand Canyon. The trails were very rocky at times. Lots of loose rock made for tired ankles and sore soles as would be the case in any shoe or boot, but the Rift preformed well and like with the shorter trails mentioned above, I was never dying to get these shoes off after a long pounding day on the trail. It’s a good thing, because they were the only footwear I brought with me.
With a wide range of colors to choose from, I went with the brown and found these shoes go well with a pair of jeans, Carhartts or climbing shorts. These are comfortable and versatile shoes that work well in every situation.