What you might not know about the Breeze AT Low GTX

  • Since its upper is predominantly made of nubuck leather, the shoe, by default, is already water repellent. With Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort technology thrown in, your tootsies will have double the moisture protection across shallow waters and in light-to-moderate rain.
  • It is built around a last that gives it a snug heel-to-midfoot fit yet a roomy enough forefoot. Yes, your toes can wiggle comfortably in this Vasque hiker minus the heel lift.
  • The Breeze AT Low GTX is among Vasque hikers that come with an aggressive heel brake. Translation: On slippery descents (think muddy terrain), you will have more control and stopping power in this bad boy.

Vasque Breeze AT Low GTX vs. Breeze LT Low GTX

In this head-to-head, the Breeze AT Low GTX finds a rival in its close relative—the Breeze LT Low GTX. Their key differences are as follows:

Price. The Breeze LT Low GTX one-ups the featured hiker in this regard by being roughly $10 less expensive.

Weight. On this front, the scale tips significantly on the Breeze AT Low GTX’s side quite literally. It is heavier than the Breeze LT Low GTX by roughly 300 grams.

Heel brake. Between the two Vasque kicks, only the Breeze AT Low GTX has this feature.

Randing. The Breeze AT Low GTX takes the crown in this round for having a considerably thicker forefoot rand.

Takeaway: If speeding through well-maintained trails is your jam, the Breeze LT Low GTX is the better option. That said, if you need that extra ‘oomph’ on rugged terrain and slippery slopes, the Breeze AT Low GTX is your trusty companion.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 601g / Women 457g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.