Use: long walk
Break-in Period: 2 months
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $130
We bought these boots after spending several hours at various stores including REI. My wife intended to walk 200+ miles in various conditions in Spain. She reports they were very comfortable. Until it rained.
The Gore-tex socks failed in both boots and she had more than a 'wringable' amount of water standing in both boots. Note-rain gear was over the tops and the tops were dry and there were no large puddles. Just walking. The boots failed miserably keeping her feet dry.
Comfort was plus. REI took them right back but that doesn't help the manufacturer to gain knowledge about boot failure. I also walked in a Vasque boot (men's) with Gore-tex failure. Comfort yes. Wet, a big no.
Materials: leather and nylon
Use: long day hikes on rough trails
Break-in Period: 2 days
Price Paid: $109
These are the most uncomfortable boots I have ever owned. They are ok for a few miles on flat terrain, but so are ordinary tennis shoes. I do mostly 8-15 mile day hikes in hot, dry climates. I have worked with expert boot fitters trying to salvage these boots, but nothing seems to work. I already have orthotics, and I have tried special lacing techniques to keep my foot from sliding forward in the boot.
I have been assured repeatedly that the boots are the correct size, but I still get blackened toenails from hiking more than five miles with any sort of incline. When I conducted an informal survey of people I hike with, 80% responded that they also had trouble with bruised toes from Vasque boots.
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Due to the air-mesh construction, hiking is almost literally a breeze in these highly breathable light hikers. Ideal for warm-weather hikes that require moderate ankle support.
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The Vasque Breeze Women's Hiking Boot is a lightweight and stable boot designed specifically for backpacking with light loads or long distance fast hiking. The last thing you need on a 30-mile day is a heavy pair of boots weighing you down. So Vasque combined technology found in the breathable uppers of their trail running shoes with a stable hiking boot mid- and outsole to create a sure winner on the trail. Supporting the Breeze from below is Vasque's proprietary Vibram outsole, featuring aggressive lugs and a super stable heel and toe-off pattern. A nylon 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 rigidityletting your foot flow forward on the trail without being deflected by rocks and irregularities. Further, Vasque's high-quality DryTech footbed, with full arch support, rests directly on the midsole EVA for instant comfort and zero break-in period. Not too shabby! Finally, the Airmesh and Nubuck upper is super breathable and light, making the Breeze perfect for use in warm, dry climates. Should you get your boots a bit wet, the Airmesh dries quickly, making this boot great for all but the wettest conditions.