I bought two different pairs of trail-running shoes online to use as approach shoes and decided on these after a very non-scientific jog around my house. They looked great, felt great, and were easy on and off. For the first few weeks, they seemed up to the challenge, breathing extremely well, sticking to everything from granite to sandstone. Not long after, however, these shoe proceeded to fall apart. The lacing system was the first to go, followed by the adhesive between the soles and upper, then the tug loop on the back. I can still wear them around town, but these guys can't hang on the trail anymore, and I would be amiss to recommend them to anyone.
These things are fresh. Excellent field of view if you've got a small head (otherwise get the I/O). They never get foggy, stay comfortably in place for hours, and make you look like Daft Punk. Haven't tried them with any helmet combinations, but there's plenty of strap to go around, so to speak. Switching lenses is blisteringly fast and is more than just a gimmick; visibility can be DRAMATICALLY improved by selecting the appropriate lens. Damn all of you who got this for the joog on Steep and Cheap. I payed full price in my local shop, but it was all worth it!
I generally respect both the Vasque brand, and the various other companies whose materials comprise this boot (i.e., Gore-tex). However, this boot has been a momentous disappointment.
The good news is, on uphill dirt/gravel trails, these boots are very nice. Comfortable, well ventilated, and reasonably supportive around the ankles. The laces stay tied, and my feet are never too hot.
However, on flat terrain of any kind, this boot sends sharp pains shooting from my arches up my legs. I have NEVER had issues with arches or foot pain of any kind, from hiking boots, to flip-flops, to barefoot running, until this boot.
Furthermore, the grip on these shoes is terrible. Even climbing uphill on the gloriously frictious granite of Jumbo Rocks, these trainwrecks slide all over the place. On the downhill, these things are downright dangerous. All of the teeth on the sole point in a single direction, and all all manner of terrain, I find myself surfing down. If my reflexes were worse, I would break bones on every hike I wear these out on. Honestly, if I'm attacking anything under five miles, or if there's any talus/3rd class scrambling involved, I take my Rainbows instead. Seriously.
Unfortunately, I always need new climbing shoes a little too much to justify new boots, and these things have remained in my repertoire for some time as a result. Thus, I'm happy to at least report that like most Vasque products, they seem to be very durable. Only the slightest signs of superficial damage show after many an adventure.
As a side note, the people who have recommended this boot as waterproof/resistant/anything but a sponge are insane. Obviously, with a name like "Breeze" the emphasis is on venting/cooling and not waterproofing, so I'm not holding this against them in the review, but if you're planning on taking these on so much as a mist trail, expect wet toes.
I got these on deep clearance when a cool little shop in my town went under, and I'm STILL disappointed. Buying these at full price would be only slightly less foolish than taking these boots rock-hopping on the Merced.
The "Trail Pro" exhibits the expected pros and cons of a super-lightweight sleeping pad. The tapered shape does not offer much flexibility in terms of rolling around in your sleep, but I've got a fairly small frame, so the it works fine for me. The upside of this, of course, is a reduction in size and weight for those looking to shave ounces for the long haul. The material is majorly tough; it has weathered snow, mud, sweat and bong water without odor or stain, and shows no sign of wear after many nights on everything from gravel and granite to carpet and tent floor. The downside is that it's rather slippery, and it's not uncommon to wake up with this pad beside me instead of underneath me.
My major complaint is that on really rough nights (January in Josh, for example) when I'm tossing and turning, the sucker usually bottoms out, leaving me to re-inflate the pad at least once in the middle of the night. Granted, I'm usually happy for something to do on insufferably sleepless nights like this, but it'd still be nice to have it keep air a bit more consistently.
edit: I received a second one of these as a gift and it holds air WAY better. I am going to attempt to have the first one repaired (supposedly a lifetime warranty) and I will report on my experience here.
The Galileos were the first pair of shoes I bought for myself. I wear a 10-10.5 street shoe, and I bought 42.0s in the Galileo. They were excruciating for the first month or so, but soon fit like a glove. Mind you, they still ate my feet up on multi-pitch, but for the short stuff these shoes were a dream. They edge on a sliver, stick to glass, and actually turned my feet down a lot more than this picture would have you believe.
That said, I also experienced many of the small issues mentioned in other reviews, but none of them affected the performance of this workhorse. The velcro straps do indeed come long and quickly wore out on the ends, but the ends are hanging over, so who cares? The rubber DID separate slightly from the uppers, but again, this was only ever a superficial concern for me. I'm sure the white uppers on the shoe would get filthy in a hurry, but I actually decorated them with sharpies, so I loved em.
The Galileos have served me well, and it took over a year of constant abuse before Josh granite finally ripped two irreparable flappers in the soles. RIP.
These babies are comfortable and incredibly versatile. They've stayed Nice and cool with a trustworthy grip for everything from desert approaches in J-Tree to whitewater rafting in Nepal. My only gripe is fairly small: the bounce of the cinch/pull-tab against the top of the shoe can get pretty aggravating on the long hikes. All-in-all, a rock solid shoe. That said, you gotta have some serious swagger to rock these things, as they are about as goofy looking as shoes come.
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