Who should buy the Vasque Breeze AT
The Vasque Breeze AT is touted as a heavy-duty backpacking boot by many. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a hiking boot that is engineered to be an all-terrain boot.
- Prefer a hiking boot that provides optimal protection against the elements.
- Prefer a hiking boot that provides 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.
Excellent grip on mixed terrain
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.
Ensure traction on rocks and hard surfaces
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.
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.
Supportive and stable platform
The combination of the cushioning from the EVA and the firmness of the TPU shank creates a supportive and stable platform for the foot.
Durable and provides protection against the elements
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.
Provides toe protection and is easy to wear
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.