User Review: Vasque Men's Breeze GTX XCR
Materials: Nubuck, Gortex
Use: day hikes, 3 day backpaking
Break-in Period: very short
Weight: 2lbs 9oz
Price Paid: $140 ?
Purchased this pair in spring '04 and enjoyed many hikes throughout the year. The footbed of the boot is hard up to the ball and gives way to a softer toe. A bit different, but it helps you keep forward momentum and the extra flexability in the toe was nice for inclines. On the backpacking trip in the U.P., the boots remained comfortable under a load, stayed dry in streams, and the harder part of the foot bed (heel and arch) kept the roots from taking too much of a toll on my feet.
Tried every boot I could get my hands on, and this pair fit the best. I don't remember exactly what I paid for them, but, paired with a couple of good smartwool socks, I have not had to spend any money on athletic tape, mole skin, or any time in the woods thinking how my feet hurt, rather than enjoying the hike. I have hiked with people who have had poor fitting boots, and I am sure, if asked, they would have quickly forked over $50 to make the pain stop.