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Vans Half Cab Gore-Tex MTE 3 | Shoe Review


We have always had a soft spot for the Vans Half Cab, especially for skateboarding. So the transformation of this classic silhouette into a boot caught our attention! In this special adventure edition of our typical shoe review, join Ethan from the Tactics Portland store team as he explores the great outdoors with the Vans Half Cab Gore-Tex MTE-3.

These boots maintain the iconic Half Cab look while radiating a sturdy and attractive vibe suitable for various outdoor activities. Let's dive into the specific features together, so click play above to hear what Ethan's detailed examination revealed about the Half Cab Gore-Tex MTE-3 and if it lived up to the expectations its predecessor set.

Waterproof & Weather Resistant Design

The standout feature for Ethan was the internal waterproof bootie from Gore-Tex. This innovation provided breathability while ensuring Ethan's feet stayed dry during his woodland escapade. Testing the boots in river shallows, minor splashes didn't dampen his experience. The soft liner, combined with secure ankle support, ensured a watertight seal against potential intrusions, resulting in dry socks. That's a win.

All-Terrain Dominance

Navigating various terrains was a walk in the park for Ethan, thanks to the MTE3 rubber outsole's deep tread. Confidently traversing slippery areas, hopping on logs, and even finding a rock for his mom showcased the boots' reliable traction.

In a not-so-surprising twist, Ethan discovered that these boots weren't just for show—they could skate too. While the immediate grip made them a bit challenging for regular skateboarding, these shoes would be an excellent option for dirt boarding or snow skating, proving their versatility across different activities and weather conditions.


Fit & Insulation

Slipping into these boots was a breeze for Ethan. They felt true to size, perfectly aligning with Ethan's standard size of 9. The quick break-in process impressed him, making these boots an appealing choice for those who prioritize immediate comfort without compromising durability. Ethan appreciated the cozy haven created by the 3M Thinsulate insulation. The classic Ultra Cush sole with the Ortholite top sheet added an extra layer of comfort, allowing Ethan to enjoy the boots right from the get-go.

Final Thoughts

Concluding this woodland excursion, the Vans Half Cab Gore-Tex MTE3 boots surpassed expectations with their impressive waterproof features, cozy insulation, and exceptional performance. Whether you're hitting the streets or venturing into challenging terrain, we highly recommend considering the Vans Half Cab Gore-Tex MTE3 for your outdoor escapades! If you're ready to embark on your own journey, grab a pair of Tactics Vans Half Cab Gore-Tex MTE3. Stay dry friends!

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