Vasque Breeze Low
Review: Vasque Breeze Low (Non-Gore-Tex upper); 2009…
Materials: Man-Made (Non-Gore-Tex)
Use: Desert/hot type climate
Break-in Period: A few days, if at all
Weight: 1.21 lbs. each w/Walk-Fit orthotics inserts
Price Paid: $70-90
Review: Vasque Breeze Low (Non-Gore-Tex upper); 2009 model
I desired a lightweight low hiking shoe for desert/hot type climate, highly ventilated, high grip type rubber sole with an aggressive knobby tread pattern.
I avoided all Gore-Tex models since they tend to retain body heat a bit.
After visiting numerous stores (Campmor, Dicks, Sport Authority, REI, ad nauseum), trying dozens and dozens of shoes, only ONE met my needs.
The Vasque Breeze Low is a godsend! You can actually put your hand inside and slightly blow on the upper and you can easily feel your breath go right through the upper mesh. Ahhhhh ....real comfort in hot weather!
After hiking miles and miles in the southern Utah Escalante desert of rock, rubble and sand. I later went online and bought another pair of these shoes to put aside for a later date.
I also tried their boot version at the Campmor store and was impressed, but being higher up the ankle, I thought it wouldn't let my foot breathe as much. Now I might take another look at them.
As an addition, since I have "flat feet", I have tried numerous inserts and all have little use. But when I tried the "As-Seen-On-TV" Walk-Fit orthotics inserts....the difference was so remarkable that I bought many more of these inserts, one for every shoe. My hiking distance quad-triple before any leg/foot pain occurred. Wow!
I was pretty disappointed with these shoes. I'll admit…
I was pretty disappointed with these shoes. I'll admit I used them hard, but still would expect them to hold up better than they did for the price I paid. The sole started to separate from the toe after only two months, and water soaked right through the "Gore-tex" the first time I got them wet.
Pretty heavy as well. If you're going with this much weight on your foot, you may as well have high-tops.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Low cut version of the Breeze for greater flexibility. 2mm waterproof nubuck leather and Airmesh upper for breathability and comfort. Gussetted tongue. Webbing lacing loops. Nylon lining. Dual density EVA footbed. Nylon plate for support. Molded EVA midsole for shock absorption. Vibram Contact outsole for traction. Avg. wt. 2lbs. 7oz.
- Campmor refers to the men's version
The Vasque Breeze Low Hiking shoe is a solid hiker that won't leave your feet hot and sweaty. Built with the breathable uppers of their trail running shoes and the stable hiking boot mid- and outsole, the Breeze low gives you the confidence you need for summer backpacking and hiking. Starting the Appalachian Trail from the south' Be prepared for heat and humidity with the Airmesh and waterproof leather upper that breathes far better than the other tough hikers in its class. A Flexframe 1 plate separates the outsole from the EVA midsole, and is clearly visible through gaps in the Vibram rubber. This plate has incredible forward flex combined with torsional rigidity'letting your foot flow forward on the trail without being deflected by rocks and irregularities. Further, Vasque's high-quality DryTech footbed (which features full arch support) rests directly on the midsole EVA, which equals instant comfort and zero break-in period.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Vasque Men's Breeze Low Shoe (Spring 2009) A light-yet-supportive bottom package makes the Men's Breeze Low by Vasque perfect for all-day trips, and Strobel-lasting maintains a soft feel underfoot. Airmesh and leather uppers offer unbeatable breathability.Features: Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz (mens 9) [990 g] Upper: 2.0mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather Upper: Airmesh Nylon Fabric Midsole: Molded EVA Plate: Flexframe 1 Outsole: Vibram Contact Lining: 3-Bar Knit Nylon Footbed: Volume Fit System Other: Padded Collar; Integration Technology
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Lightweight and agile, the Strobel-lasted Vasque Breeze Low cross-training shoes provide bootlike support and ample cushioning for day-long, high-paced adventures. Flexible waterproof nubuck leather and nylon air-mesh uppers are water- and stain-resistant, and provide support and durability for rugged trail use. Wicking nylon linings absorb excess sweat and disperse it quickly for fast drying. Removable, dual-density EVA footbeds add cushioning to lightweight, compression-molded EVA midsoles for all-day comfort. Integrated Flexframe thermoplastic urethane midsole support shanks control flex and provide support and protection from uneven terrain. Durable, high-traction Vibram® Contact outsoles deliver superb control on all types of surfaces.
- REI refers to the men's version