Review: Vasque Rift Approach Shoe

Vasque Rift Approach ShoeSpring 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.

About the author

Adventure Correspondent Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker who founded in 2000. He has contributed to Elevation Outdoors Magazine, The Gear Junkie, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Australian Geographic, and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 10 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips.


  1. Finally a genuine review. It was certainly hard to find. I was looking at these and the Ranger GTX boots which have some nice ankle support (possibly more than the Rift). But for a more lightweight shoe, the Rift's are great!

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