Verdict from 8 experts and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Based on a handful of expert reviews, the Vasque Inhaler II GTX was indeed a lightweight hiking boot.
  • Its little-to-no break-in time was appreciated by a small group of gear testers.
  • Some users acknowledged how the Inhaler II GTX kept their foot dry after wet encounters.
  • Its breathability was superb, according to a lot of hikers.
  • A considerable number of users adored its great grip on wet surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers were frustrated with its narrow fit.
  • An expert found the Inhaler II GTX from Vasque slightly expensive.
  • Some owners were annoyed when they experienced slippage inside the boot.

Bottom line

The Vasque Inhaler II GTX proved that in terms of traction, comfort, and breathability, it is a boot that hikers can count on the trails. However, its imprecise fit did not appease the others. All in all, the Vasque Inhaler II GTX is an averagely priced light hiker that has qualities to look out for. Those with a wider foot, however, must look somewhere else.

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Good to know

  • 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. 

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.


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