Who should buy the Vasque Breeze LT NTX
The Vasque Breeze LT NTX is a lightweight but supportive hiking shoe best suited for:
- day hiking, backpacking, and recreational hiking on rocky trails or level terrain
- easy runs on the trails, daily wear, and winter activities
Effective waterproofing and eco-friendly
The Breeze LT NTX provides effective waterproofing without Gore-Tex. You read that right—NTX or Nature-Tex replaces Gore-Tex in this particular model.
What does this promising liner bring to the table besides water protection, you might ask? The answer is sustainability, as NTX is made with 50% recycled materials.
Breeze LT NTX provides a grippy outsole
The Breeze LT NTX’s mesh upper also joins in the eco-friendly circle. Yes, the boot’s impermeable shell is also made with recycled content, but this time it is at 70%.
Its outsole supplied by Vibram is slip-resistant and mighty grippy on wet and dry surfaces alike, experienced hikers say.
Several professional testers experienced durability issues with the shoe after one backpacking trip.
According to them, after only 15 miles, the thin rand along the inside of the hiking boot started to peel away from the upper.
Not for outdoor enthusiasts with wider feet
Moreover, to one owner, the boot’s toe box is too restrictive and could be a bit roomier. This is definitely not for outdoor enthusiasts with wider feet.
Yet for wearers with regular or narrow feet, this hiker could be a perfect fit. The Vasque Breeze LT NTX provides day-one comfort, according to almost everyone who has reviewed it.
At no more than 450 g per boot, the Breeze LT NTX is among RunRepeat’s lightest bunch. This hiker from Vasque is also astonishingly watertight.
While this Breeze model does not offer the same stability as a heavier hiking boot, it provides sufficient assurance for most trail days. Midfoot and ankle security make the Breeze LT NTX a formidable force on the trail.
Compelling alternatives to Vasque’s Breeze LT NTX
Vasque Breeze LT GTX: The lighter-yet-more-expensive counterpart of the featured boot, the Breeze LT GTX will let you go about your trail business with extra agility.
Gore-Tex is its liner, which provides waterproofing and breathability at the same time. Instead of leather, its upper is primarily synthetic, which significantly reduces break-in time.
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker GTX: Built with more pronounced heel and toe rockers, the Terrex Free Hiker GTX promises easier strides on level ground.
Its collar is sock-like, which enhances ankle mobility. This athletic boot, however, is far more expensive than the Breeze LT NTX by roughly $50.