For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
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.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
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.
WeightMen: 15.2ozWomen: 12.9oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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For moderate terrain in warm to hot weather, this highly breathable product from Vasque will serve you very well, especially if you are hiking light.
If you hike in hot, dry conditions and want high top support with low top weight, we definitely recommend the Inhaler II.
There really isn’t a break-in period. Pack up. Load up. And go.
With both flexibility and durability, you can climb all the mountains, hike all the hikes, and scramble to the top of every peak you desire.
Updates to Vasque Inhaler II GTX
- The Vasque Inhaler II GTX makes light hiking on warm weather conditions more comfortable. The construction and materials used in the upper grant breathability and protection even on the roughest terrain. From single-colored overlays of the previous version, the newer version now has dual-colored overlays.
- This boot inherits its predecessor's Vibram Pneumatic sole. It's a Vasque-exclusive component that uses the outsole company's Megagrip Compound. It comes with aggressive, angular lugs for traction. Topping this unit is a low profile EVA midsole integrated with a TPU midfoot shank.
Vasque Inhaler II GTX size and fit
A hiking boot from Vasque that fairly runs true to size, the Inhaler II GTX caters to male and female outdoor lovers. It comes in standard width and regular sizes. Its traditional lace-up closure allows users to customize the fit.
This hiking boot is shaped using the Equalizer last. It has a tailored instep to hug the arch and midfoot comfortably. The toe box room does not limit the natural position of the toes for a more efficient push off.
The Inhaler II GTX features the Vasque-exclusive Vibram Pneumatic rubber outsole which is made of Megagrip Compound. It yields traction on wet and dry terrain while optimizing flexibility. It adapts to various ground conditions for a more stable stride. The flexion lines in the forefoot section promote a smoother roll-off motion.
The compression molded EVA midsole of Vasque Inhaler II GTX provides cushioning and shock absorption. It has a TPU instep shank which gives underfoot firmness and stability on uneven trails. The Vasque designers added a dual density EVA footbed which cradles the foot and optimizes comfort.
The upper is made breathable with the combination of 1.6 mm waterproof leather and abrasion-resistant Air Mesh. Ventilation ports near the TPR toe and heel counters also amplify airflow.
This mid-cut light hiking boot is engineered with Gore-Tex Extended Comfort technology designed to protect the foot from wet elements. Its non-insulated construction promotes breathability.
Its cushioned tongue and collar render comfort. Its low friction lacing uses webbing eyelets and open hooks to facilitate quicker closure. The rear pull tab assists in donning and doffing.