Verdict from 93 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the Vasque Breeze AT reviews say that this boot is incredibly supportive.
  • It ticks the box for durability, according to most testers.
  • The stellar comfort of this boot is truly admirable, suggests an in-depth report.
  • It provides a high level of stability for a midweight hiker, according to an avid hiker.
  • The same reviewer mentions that the Vasque Breeze AT GTX mid hiking boot can carry up to 50 pounds of load.
  • Throughout a hiker's testing, this solid hiking boot has gripped very well on rocks, talus fields, and more.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The wide profile of the lugs doesn't deliver much traction when climbing and descending over softer surfaces like dirt and mud, notes an in-depth review.
  • A few wearers say that this boot is too heavy.

Bottom line

Touted as a heavy-duty backpacking boot by many, the Breeze AT by Vasque perfectly fits the bill for anyone looking for a very supportive and stable midweight hiker. It gets high marks for its top-notch comfort level that requires minimal breaking in, durable upper made of premium leather, and a long-wearing outsole created by industry-leading Vibram.

While it's apparently lacking in "bite" when it comes to muddy and soft terrains, it certainly does well in rocky paths and therefore perfect for trekking and scrambling.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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