Vasque Breeze III GTX ReviewJanuary 22, 2018
- Comfort diminishes on longer hikes
- Less durable mesh
- Minimal support & cushion
Initially the Vasque Breeze III feels fairly comfortable but testers noted heel rub after prolonged hiking. On longer hikers the lack of extra padding and cushioning becomes obvious and testers preferred both the Oboz Sawtooth and the La Sportiva Nucleo as an all-day boot. It uses toe and heel counters to add durability, with mesh vents to help even more with breathability.
Support & Stability
The TPU shank and EVA midsole provides good stability while walking and at the same time provides a decent amount of cushioning on the foot. Despite being a mid height boot it feels a bit loose around the heel, with less stability there in comparison to the La Sportiva Nucleo. While testers had differing opinions on support, one tester complained of a rolled ankle while hiking in this boot and rated it poorly in this category.
On all the surfaces tested the Breeze had good traction and was never an issue for testers on rocky surfaces or wet conditions. Vasque used a Vibram contact grip outsole which delivered good traction on loose trail and rocky terrain.
The Vasque Breeze III uppers are made of nubuck leather and large amounts of mesh. The nubuck leather is a durable material, but the lightweight mesh allowed sharp sticks or thorns to poke through and would most likely fall apart before the rest of the boot, which resulted in a lower score in this category. It has a Gore-Tex lining that was successful in keeping feet warm and dry during cold stream crossings.
The Breeze, surprisingly enough, is the heaviest of all the boots tested. Since it uses a lot of mesh on the outside of the boot, testers initially thought it would be one of the lightest boots. However, it has the same feel as the lighter boots in the test and none of the clunkiness that the Oboz Sawtooth has, which is only an ounce lighter.Continue Reading
Adrianne Bouchard is a triathlete, skier, backpacker and lover of all things outdoors based in the Tahoe area.