Vasque Boot Testing- The Arrowhead Prototype

2012-11-06 18:26:10.000 – Brian Fitzgerald,  Weather Observer/Education Specialist

The full test line-up!

It’s always a good day when you’re tasked with testing out new gear. One of our newest sponsors, Vasque, has graciously given us five pairs of boots and shoes for all seasons and conditions to test out. Of those five we’re directly involved with the development of two new prototypes that Vasque plans to unveil to the public late next summer. As you might imagine Mount Washington is essentially the perfect place to test just how rugged outdoor gear, weather instruments and other products might be. Chances are if boots can withstand sideways rain, hurricane-force winds and bitter cold, they’ll probably do the trick at home. So on a beautiful day like today, it was a great opportunity to romp about the summit cone to see how our new Vasque boots would hold up (I’ve already done the wet weather testing).

If you were looking up from the Mount Washington Valley you probably saw Mount Washington front and center from wherever you were standing tall and white against a blue sky. All of that white, 3.1 inches of snow to be exact, made for quite the winter wonderland. We were all happy to see the sun after a noticeable absence for the past few days, so many of us took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sun (even if it was only 13 degrees at its warmest).

While our prototype Vasque Arrowhead Boots may not be available to the public (at least not for now), I’m happy to report that my toes have been toasty all day while frolicking in the sun and snow and definitely look forward to testing out the rest of our boots. Stay tuned for more gear updates!

In the meant time if you want more information about Vasque footwear, visit!


Brian Fitzgerald,  Weather Observer/Education Specialist

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