User Review: Vasque Men's Breeze GTX XCR
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $160-ish
I have difficult to fit feet, and in regards to fit I loved these boots. If you have high volume feet that are also very wide, these boots are great. Also, there is pretty much no break in period- just put them on and go.
But if you plan on hiking more than 5 miles in them, well just make sure you bring another pair of boots for when your Vasques fall apart. Both myself and my dad had what could at best be described as a catastrophic seam failure. After a summer of moderate hiking, our boots were trashed.
I managed to have mine salvaged by "Dr Shoe", but now I'm not sure why. The boots leak like a sieve. They take on water when the trail is muddy at worst.
The quality of the boots is about comparable to the quality of boots at Walmart, the main difference being that I could have bought 8 pairs of boots from Walmart for what I paid for these despicable pieces of leather and rubber. The fabric pieces allow your foot to breathe, yes, but they also give the boot one more place to take on water (as if the holes you'll get in the seams aren't enough).
Basically, if you want to hike 5 miles or less on a bone dry trail, buy these boots. Otherwise, don't waste your time. These boots are guaranteed to disappoint.