Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • An expert was impressed with how his foot stayed in place during steep descents.
  • The lightness of the Vasque Breeze III received admiration from a good deal of users.
  • Based on several customer reviews, this was a comfortable pair of hiking boots.
  • It was able to provide ankle support without being too restrictive, as mentioned by a couple of satisfied hikers.
  • Plenty of buyers were astonished when the performance of the Breeze III from Vasque exceeded their expectations.
  • The boot dries quickly, according to some testers.
  • A gear blogger praised the Breeze III as it was ready to go right out of the box.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expert, as well as a few users, did not like the flat laces as they slip out of the eyelets.
  • The Vasque Breeze III lacks side lugs which help when traversing at an angle, as stated by a displeased hiking professional.

Bottom line

A breathable and lightweight hiking boot, the Vasque Breeze III is able to appease hiking neophytes and experts. Its performance on the trails was not left unnoticed. Instead, it received tons of appreciation. It may seem that this is the perfect boot, but it still has minor flaws. By and large, the Vasque Breeze III is a pair of hiking boots which meets most of the demands of the outdoor setting and should not be ignored with its few setbacks.

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Good to know

  • The Vasque Breeze III outsole is updated from the Vibram Contact to the Vibram Contact Grip. Created using the Megagrip compound, it offers traction on various terrains.
  • Vasque’s All Terrain Compound (ATC) midsole is partnered with a compression molded EVA to deliver a cushioned and comfortable ride. The nylon shank stabilizes the foot while a dual density EVA footbed enhances comfort.
  • This mid-cut desert hiking boot retains the 2.0 mm nubuck leather with air mesh. This material combination gives water resistance and breathability. The toe and heel counters, as well as the mix of eyelets, add to the profile of the Breeze III.
  • The Breeze III from Vasque is built on the Arc Tempo+ last. Unlike the previous Arc Tempo, the current one has a toe area that's straighter. It no longer curves around the pinky toe. It is also wider than the previous last.

The Vasque Breeze III is a hiking boot for men and women. It fairly runs true to size and comes in full and half sizes. It is offered in standard and wide widths too. The locking ankle hook enables fit customization on the top and bottom part of the boot. The Breeze III is constructed on the Arc Tempo+ last that grants enough toe room.

The exclusive Vibram-Vasque outsole, the Contact Grip, is made of a Megagrip rubber compound. It creates a balance between stability and flexibility to increase ground sensitivity. This sole bites into various terrains, whether wet or dry.

The All Terrain Compound (ATC) midsole is a chassis for a compression molded EVA foam. This setup enhances rebound, compression resistance and torsional stability. The midsole unit has a rockered form to promote a smoother stride.

Adding up to the cushioning is a dual-density EVA footbed. Support and flexibility are being handled by a TPU shank.

The Breeze III from Vasque has a 2.0 mm nubuck leather with air mesh panels, making the boot breathable and resistant to water. The toe and heel counters have air vents to maximize airflow while adding durability. Webbing eyelets and hooks make up the lacing system and a pull tab at the heel assists in easier on and off.


How Vasque Breeze III ranks compared to all other shoes
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Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.