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This is all I have to add to the topic: No More Vasques for me!
You are right that a waterproof membrane (GTX or whatever) makes a boot unnecessarily hot for desert or dry season hiking. Unfortunately, boots without a membrane can be hard to find.I've been using all-leather Asolo boots for about nine years, mainly because they are relatively narrow and have strong heel counters. But their better quality boots seem to all be GTX. They are quite sturdy. I've got a pair purchased in 2006 that went to Olympic Mts. in September. Had them re-soled couple of years ago because the sole was worn smooth. I do treat them regularly with leather softener/waterproofing.One thing with glued-on soles: You need to keep an eye on them. If they start to detach, trickle a little strong, flexible glue in the crack and tape sole tightly in position. I use Plio-bond or perhaps super glue if the opening is tiny. Note that Plio-bond is known to State of California to give cancer to a brass monkey. Geezer
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