GeekDad review: Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX waterproof hiking shoes
We are well into the 2021 hiking season in my area. The temperatures are getting hot. This means that wearing hiking boots is something I would rather not do if possible. They tend to be warm, heavy, and not very breathable. Unless that’s the Vasque Breeze LT GTX hiking shoes I reviewed in 2019. These boots set a new standard for lightweight and comfortable hiking shoes. The company sent me a pair of the shoe version of those to try on, the Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX Waterproof Hiking Boots. If you don’t need the extra coverage and ankle support that boots provide, this is a great option. These are all I liked about the boots, but lighter and a little cheaper.
So very light
One of the main features of these hiking boots is their extremely light weight. On my kitchen scale, each costs about 13.3 ounces. By comparison, my favorite sneakers for walking around the neighborhood weigh 14.1 ounces each.
That’s right, hiking shoes that weigh less only sneakers! It’s not as impressive as the boot versions, although they weigh a few ounces more (having an actual shoe so lightly weighed is even more breathtaking due to the larger physical size), but it’s still an achievement. impressive.
There are a number of factors that go into the weight savings including the use of mesh material instead of leather and VIBRAM LiteBase soles which are 25% lighter than standard soles.
Thanks to their lightness, these hiking shoes greatly contribute to reducing fatigue.
Comfortable running shoe, with grip
If anything, the Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX hiking shoes are even After comfortable than the boot version. They have the same bounce when walking, a bounce that rivals running shoes and goes a long way in reducing fatigue. Wearing them for four or five hours in hot weather, they stay cool and dry. The fabric contributes to this because it is very breathable. At the same time, the legs are nice and grippy when walking on a trail, and the tips offer some protection from rocks and tree roots.
Basically, wearing these hikers feels like you’re wearing your favorite pair of running shoes, but with some protection and a lot more grip. They’re waterproof too, though the lower cut means you need to avoid puddles deeper than a few inches. If you need to roam cobblestone territory, they still feel like runners, despite the horns. Unlike many hikers who feel extremely stiff and awkward when walking on the sidewalk.
The only thing I have found with these shoes is that they are slightly small. I would order half a size. If you have a wide foot, they may still be slightly stretched when you first put them on, but they stretch quickly.
Main features of Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX:
• GORE-TEX waterproof membrane with Extended Comfort technology
• VIBRAM Ground Control LiteBase outsole with Megagrip compound
• Anatomical high rebound sole
• Dual density compression molded Enduralast EVA midsole
• Abrasion resistant synthetic microfiber mesh upper
• Several colors (Beluga / Tawny Olive examination sample), available in male and female sizes
I’ve only had these hiking shoes for a few weeks so can’t say for sure how durable they will be in the long run. However… I have been using the Vasque Breeze LT GTX boot version regularly since 2019. I posted an update on this in early April. In short, after 200 miles or more – in conditions such as rain, mud and even a little snow – they held up admirably. They come off easily, they retained their waterproofness, the lacing (and laces) held up well, the fabric did not fray and the wear on the legs was minimal.
I think it’s safe to assume that with the same design minus the ankle support, the Breeze LT Low GTX hiking shoes are going to show the same degree of durability.
If you are looking for an ultra-light, ultra-comfortable and waterproof hiking shoe, the Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX hikers should be on your list. They feel like runners, offer a lot of traction and live up to their requirement for waterproofing.
These hiking shoes have an MSRP of $ 159.99, but can be available cheaper on Amazon.
Disclosure: Vasque provided shoes for the assessment, but did not participate in this review. As an Amazon Associate, I charge affiliate fees on qualifying purchases.