Updates to Vasque Breeze AT

  • This version of the popular Vasque Breeze is engineered to be an all-terrain boot. It features a thick air mesh upper with Nubuck leather overlays for optimal protection against the elements. The ATC midsole is comprised of EVA cushioning pads and a TPU shank. 
  • It has the exclusive Vibram Contact Grip outsole with the MegaGrip compound for enhanced traction in a multitude of terrains.

Size and fit

This hiker from Vasque has a mid-top profile with a foot-hugging upper. The ankle cuff creates a snug fit without excessive lace tension or additional padding. It has quite a stiff underfoot platform which is essential in providing support and stability when backpacking. Moreover, the stiff heel counter prevents pronation and the leather girdle prevents the ankle from rolling. 

The Vasque Breeze AT uses a traditional lacing system with robust round laces and metal hooks and eyelets for a secure fit and locked-in feel.

Outsole

For this model, Vasque has turned to industry-leading Vibram to create a uniquely designed outsole that will perform well on mixed terrain. It contains the popular Megagrip compound which is a very sticky and long-wearing rubber. 

Along the center of this outsole are triangular lugs with slightly curved edges. Around the edges are flex grooves or indentations that ensure traction on rocks and hard surfaces. This aggressive tread pattern helps the hiker traverse steep downhills and boulders. 

Midsole

The Vasque Breeze AT has the All Terrain Compound (ATC) midsole which is made of EVA - a lightweight foam that is known for its resilience, bounce, and flexibility. Embedded in this midsole is a TPU shank that works by absorbing the weight carried by the hiker, therefore reducing the pressure on the feet. The combination of the cushioning from the EVA and firmness of the TPU shank creates a supportive and stable platform for the foot.

Upper

The highlight of this backpacking boot is the sturdy upper which features a combination of performance mesh and Nubuck leather. Together, these two create a durable, long-wearing upper that provides superior protection against the elements. The Vasque Breeze AT also comes with a heavy-duty toe box and side protection that guards the foot against trail hazards, such as sharp rocks. Completing the upper is a lace-up closure and pull loops in the tongue and collar for easy on and off.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 20.5oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Vasque
Material: Leather, Rubber sole, Mesh upper

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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.