Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX ReviewFebruary 16, 2014
The updated version of Vasque’s venerable Breeze model is a medium volume waterproof/breathable nubuck and mesh hiking boot.
- Highly protective from rocks and stones
- Sufficient support for moderate backpacking loads (up to 35-40 lbs)
- Good materials
- Limited adjustability from the lacing system
- Though comfortable and reasonably sturdy, they don’t stand out in any category
- Supplied with a flimsy footbed
You could call them classic—the Breeze 2.0 GTX are the “sensible shoes” of hiking boots that work fine for tough day hikes and moderate backpacking. They perform decently and are reasonably priced but there isn’t much exciting—or disappointing—about them.
Support and Stability
The Breeze 2.0 soles and uppers have medium support—enough for moderate backpacking loads on moderate terrain. The uppers have mesh panels which reduce the support somewhat, but weigh less. The EVA midsole is comfortable, but I noticed a bit of mushiness under heavier loads. The arch support is sufficient.
Protection & Comfort
The TPU plate in the midsole protected my feet from stones very well, as did the mesh and leather uppers with ample rubber rands at the toes and heels. The ankles and tongue are padded, although not excessively, making for a very comfortable boot.
Construction and Design
Other than the lacing system, nothing in the construction was very notable—a capable and well-made leather and mesh upper with Gore-Tex, nylon lining, EVA midsoles with a TPU plate and a Vibram sole. The lacing system is very narrow, and the range of adjustability is more limited than it should be. The mesh panels in the upper help keep the weight down.
The performance of the Breeze 2.0 is just what you’d expect from sensible shoes—stalwart and trustworthy, but with no surprises or thrills. Other than a slight softness in the soles, they held up under a fair load and offered decent protection and reliability. They aren’t meant for intense scrambling on steep rocky terrain, but on trails and easier off-trail hikes they work well.