Verdict from 95 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Support: Many reviewers find the Vasque Breeze AT Low GTX mighty supportive, especially underfoot.
  • Strong construction: Its durability is quite impressive, according to a small number of hikers.
  • Lengthwise consistent: Based on a few reports, the Breeze AT Low GTX runs true to size.
  • Moisture repellency: A trail-goer is astonished by the shoe’s incredible waterproofing.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Rigidity: To less than a handful of adventurers, this trail shoe is too stiff around the collar.
  • Break-in time: A couple of users say that the Vasque Breeze AT Low GTX takes a lot of time to loosen up.
  • Weight: This hiking shoe could be lighter, says a reviewer.
  • Breathability: An owner is not satisfied with the shoe’s lackluster ventilation.

Bottom line

If protection and surefootedness are what you are mainly after in hiking shoes, the Breeze AT Low GTX from Vasque's Breeze collection does not disappoint. The gear in question is also something you can wear for longer thanks to its lasting build quality. While its resume is far from perfect, the Vasque Breeze AT Low GTX is a workhorse of a hiker—one that, once tamed, will reward you on tough trails.

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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.


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