Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX Review
Having long been one of the most popular hiking boots over the past 9 years, the Vasque Breeze gets an update since it’s introduction in 2004. The Vasque Breeze has been a favorite among many hikers and outdoor enthusiast as this hiking boot is comfortable from the minute you try them on to the end when you complete your outdoor adventure.
There aren’t many brands or products these days that can get away without developing a new version and continue to stay at the in the top tier of sales in the category. Can you imagine this happening in a cell phone? Blackberry is about as close as you can get to not making changes and as we all know that didn’t really work out for RIM or Blackberry. Luckily for Vasque, they made a high quality hiking shoe for the times and decided to take it upon themselves to put together an upgrade to the Breeze hiking boot before it was too late.
Now for what you came for, let’s talk about the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX!
The Vasque Breeze 2.o is a full height hiking boot that is meant for tackling some of the toughest terrain while providing a smooth ride. I’ve tested out the Vasque Breeze 2.0 in a number of different terrains including the Grand Canyon, high alpine Rocky Mountains, local trails in the foothills of Denver and Boulder, and lots of wet snowy dog walks around the neighborhood.
The upper of the Breeze 2.0 is made from a combination of mesh for breathability, suede leather for structure and durability around the foot, Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing, and hard rubber to protect the toe and provide a secure hold for the heel. From an eyeballs view, I would say there the boots upper is made from about 55% suede leather, 30% mesh, and 15% rubber. On the inside of this boot, a Gore-Tex membrane booty goes from the toes all the way up to the ankle of the Breeze 2.0.
As for the fit of the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX, I found this boots toebox to provide enough room for your toes to wiggle and enough room to where thicker socks when it’s cold. The midsection of this boot provides a nice wrap around the foot giving you a nice secure fit. The fit of the heel in the Breeze 2.0 is of regular shape, so it’s not too snug and not too loose. Just above the heel, There is plenty of padding that goes 360 degrees around the ankle for comfort as well as providing a secure fit and keeping your ankle in place. On the upper cuff of the boot, there is a thicker layer of padding that adds to the comfort of this boot.
While there are a lot of features that add to the comfort and durability of a boot like the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX, the lacing system is sometimes overlooked. On top of the foot, there are 4 fabric loop holes on each and 3 metal hooks on each side of the boot upper cuff. These 3 metal hooks allow you to really crank down on in case you want to get good support around the ankle. For protection on the toes, there is a substantial piece of rubber that covers the toes. I have used this toe guard to break apart of lot of ice over the winter season and you can hardly see a scratch.
The midsole of the Vasque Breeze GTX 2.0 is made of duel density EVA which gives the boot a soft landing, yet is more durable than say a running shoes EVA midsole. There is also a TPU plate in the midsole that helps keep your foot from feeling sharp objects. Over my time of testing this boot, I thought it did a great job of protecting my feet.
The outsole of the Breeze 2.0 GTX is from Vibram rubber, super thick, durable, grippy, and provides great traction. I have been incredibly impressed by the outsole of this book and can see it holding up for years to come.
Overall, I have been extremely happy with the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX and would highly recommend this boot to those that want a hiking boot for the coming seasons.