Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.

    Hiking Shoes

    The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering Boots

    Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.

    Good to know

    Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.

  • Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 20oz
    Women: 16.4oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide
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Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • An expert was impressed with how his foot stayed in place during steep descents.
  • The lightness of the Vasque Breeze III received admiration from a good deal of users.
  • Based on several customer reviews, this was a comfortable pair of hiking boots.
  • It was able to provide ankle support without being too restrictive, as mentioned by a couple of satisfied hikers.
  • Plenty of buyers were astonished when the performance of the Breeze III from Vasque exceeded their expectations.
  • The boot dries quickly, according to some testers.
  • A gear blogger praised the Breeze III as it was ready to go right out of the box.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expert, as well as a few users, did not like the flat laces as they slip out of the eyelets.
  • The Vasque Breeze III lacks side lugs which help when traversing at an angle, as stated by a displeased hiking professional.

Bottom line

A breathable and lightweight day hiking boot, the Vasque Breeze III is able to appease hiking neophytes and experts. Its performance on the trails was not left unnoticed. Instead, it received tons of appreciation. It may seem that this is the perfect boot, but it still has minor flaws. By and large, the Vasque Breeze III is a pair of hiking boots which meets most of the demands of the outdoor setting and should not be ignored with its few setbacks.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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92 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 | Digital Trends

    The Vasque Breeze III is an outstanding hiking boot that lived up to its “Trust on the Trail” slogan.

  • 90 / 100 | Adventure Journal

    These classic day hiker/backpacking boots are burly and breathable in one tough package.

  • First look / Unboxing | Vasque Footwear

  • First look / Unboxing | Outdoor Gear Exchange

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Updates to Vasque Breeze III

  • The Vasque Breeze III outsole is updated from the Vibram Contact to the Vibram Contact Grip. Created using the Megagrip compound, it offers traction on various terrains.
  • Vasque’s All Terrain Compound (ATC) midsole is partnered with a compression molded EVA to deliver a cushioned and comfortable ride. The nylon shank stabilizes the foot while a dual density EVA footbed enhances comfort.
  • This mid-cut day hiking boot retains the 2.0 mm nubuck leather with air mesh. This material combination gives water resistance and breathability. The toe and heel counters, as well as the mix of eyelets, add to the profile of the Breeze III.
  • The Breeze III from Vasque is built on the Arc Tempo+ last. Unlike the previous Arc Tempo, the current one has a toe area that's straighter. It no longer curves around the pinky toe. It is also wider than the previous last.

Vasque Breeze III size and fit

The Vasque Breeze III is a day hiking boot for men and women. It fairly runs true to size and comes in full and half sizes. It is offered in standard and wide widths too. The locking ankle hook enables fit customization on the top and bottom part of the boot. The Breeze III is constructed on the Arc Tempo+ last that grants enough toe room.

Outsole

The exclusive Vibram-Vasque outsole, the Contact Grip, is made of a Megagrip rubber compound. It creates a balance between stability and flexibility to increase ground sensitivity. This sole bites into various terrains, whether wet or dry.

Midsole

The All Terrain Compound (ATC) midsole is a chassis for a compression molded EVA foam. This setup enhances rebound, compression resistance and torsional stability. The midsole unit has a rockered form to promote a smoother stride.

Adding up to the cushioning is a dual-density EVA footbed. Support and flexibility are being handled by a TPU shank.

Upper

The Breeze III from Vasque has a 2.0 mm nubuck leather with air mesh panels, making the boot breathable and resistant to water. The toe and heel counters have air vents to maximize airflow while adding durability. Webbing eyelets and hooks make up the lacing system and a pull tab at the heel assists in easier on and off.

Additional Info

  • This boot is also available in low-cut and a GTX version.