Updates to Vasque Breeze III Low GTX

  • The Breeze III Low GTX, the Breeze II Low GTX’s successor, is a Vasque Breeze offering equipped with qualities and features that cater to day hikers who wish to tackle mixed trails with enough mobility. This shoe is engineered with more vent ports (seen at the heel and toe box) than its predecessor.
  • Its lacing system has more eyelets than its older brother’s. Wearers may now set their desired fit with the help of an extra pair of eyelets this time around.
  • The 3rd version of the Breeze Low GTX is built on the Arc Tempo+. This last has a straighter shape in the toe region and delivers a wider fit than the 2nd version’s Arc Tempo. It no longer curves in the pinky toe area.

Size and fit

Vasque’s Breeze III Low GTX is a fairly true-to-size, low-cut footgear for male and female hikers. Both the men and women’s versions may be had in full and half sizes in standard and wide widths. The shoe is built around the Arc Tempo+, a type of Vasque last with a straightforward toe area and an amply wide fit. Its classic lacing system provides a secure lockdown.

Outsole

The Breeze III Low GTX gets to secure the hiker’s footing with a Vibram outsole, called Contact Grip. This Vasque-exclusive component has hardwearing lugs that produce enough traction on outdoor surfaces, whether wet or dry. For extra stopping power over steep slopes, the shoe is given a decent heel brake. Maneuverability on ascents and descents is also improved with the outsole’s heel and toe treads. Its front tip, which extends slightly to the upper, serves as the gear’s bumper.

Midsole

Cushioning users against pointy rocks and making their trail ride as stable as possible is the footwear’s ATC (All-Terrain Compound) midsole. It is paired with cushioning pods made of EVA for extra shock absorption. Within its durable confines is a TPU shank—a subcomponent that strengthens the shoe’s midfoot section, thus giving users additional arch support.

A dual-density EVA footbed sits securely on top of the shoe’s midsole. It improves underfoot support with its bordered lower half. It also bolsters the footgear’s overall breathability thanks to its perforated design.

Upper

The Vasque Breeze III Low GTX’s upper consists of two primary materials: 1.8-mm waterproof nubuck leather and mesh fabric. Its liner is powered by Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort technology, making the gear both watertight and breathable. It comes reinforced front and back with a molded heel counter and toe guard. These sturdy sections have vent ports, enhancing the shoe’s capability to stay airy.

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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.