User Review: Vasque Men's Breeze
Materials: gore tex
Use: long day hikes of 20 miles or more
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2lb 8oz
Price Paid: $125
I spent more than six hours during three trips to various stores and trying on countless hiking boots before deciding on the Vasque Breeze (Gore-Tex version). It had the perfect amount of stiffness in the sole and support around the ankle and forefoot. I had already hiked to the top of Half Dome and back three times and to Cloud's Rest once in an old pair of Nike crosstrainers, so I was ready for an honest to goodness boot. Boot fit is a real personal thing I have since discovered and the fit varies from model to model even from the same manufacturer.
I love these new Breeze boots and the have so far served me well combining comfort, support, and durability. My advice would be to take the time and try on as many brands as possible and go to a store that actually is knowledgeable and will measure your feet! God bless R.E.I. but they won't measure your feet!