Comfort straight from the box.
Forget battling with painful blisters and the stiff, board-like feel of breaking in a traditional hiking boot with the instant comfort of the Vasque Women's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boot. Offering comfort straight from the box, the Breeze III GTX bucks the trend of taking weeks or even months to fully break in a hiking boot. Not only does it provide this broken-in feel the moment you slip your feet inside, but just as importantly, it's more breathable than ever when you're trekking in sweltering conditions.
Nubuck uppers maintain abrasion-resistance on the trail, reinforced with a rubberized toe cap for protection from rock strikes. Strategic ventilation panels actively circulate air inside the boot, preventing overheating in hot weather. Sealing out pouring rain and shallow stream crossings, the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane keeps your feet pleasantly dry in soaking-wet conditions. This waterproof membrane is the most breathable in Gore-Tex's line, meaning your feet won't soak in sweat from the inside-out during hikes.
One of the most important features of any good hiking boots lies within its shock absorption and aggressive grip underfoot. Fulfilling both of these needs, EVA cushion pods soak up jarring vibration while the Vibram Contact Grip maintains reliable traction with every step. The Vibram sole employs a MegaGrip compound for unrelenting grip across variable terrain, ranging from slick rock outcroppings to dusty desert mesas.
- Instant hiking comfort straight from the box
- Nubuck leather upper with air mesh ventilation
- Gore-Tex maintains exceptional waterproofing
- Extended Comfort membrane is highly breathable
- EVA cushioning pods soak up jarring vibration
- Vibram Contact Grip sole for aggressive traction
- MegaGrip compound is sticky, yet hard-wearing
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- Q & A
Make Hiking a Breeze.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
My hubs has been a vocal advocate of the Breeze and has constantly raved about how comfortable (straight out of the box) they are. I have a pair of all-leather Vasque backpacking boots that I love, but they're a bit much when it comes to hiking in hot weather. Typically I wear trail running sneakers when hiking in hot conditions, but lately I've been feeling like I could use some extra ankle support. So, after 4 years of hearing how great the Breezes are, I finally bit the bullet and I'm very, very happy I did.
As Vasque and my husband have stated, these are in fact comfortable right out of the box. On the first day of wearing them, I took them for an 8-mile steep (and hot) hike, and they were awesome! Super breathable, despite the Gore-Tex liner, and flexible, yet supportive and structured feeling at the same time. The arch support is pretty unreal, though I might put a Superfeet insert in there just for good measure. The shaft is the perfect height, not too low and not too high. Laces do come undone easily if you don't double-knot them, so beware of that. And that MegaGrip trail is ACTUALLY grippy - I remember someone telling me that the tread was structure in a way that was kind of slick, so I was worried I'd be scooting around everywhere, but with the exception of an intentional slide down a snowy embankment, this boot was super grippy!
As for the fit, I've long waffled between an 8.5 and 9 with Vasque. I don't have especially wide feet, but the toe box on their shoes seems to run a shade tight / narrow. However, that being said, I once owned a pair of Vasques in a size 9 and they felt like over sized clown shoes. So, I generally stick to the 8.5's and in turn, bought the Breeze's in an 8.5. They were a shade tight in the toe box width, but it never bothered me or gave me hot spots - granted, I was wearing kind of thick Darn Tough socks. So, that's just something to keep in mind for folks who are looking to buy the Breezes. I do wear a 39 in Dansko, a 39 in Birkenstocks (though a 38 in the Arizona), an 8.5 in Saucony, and an 8.5 in Brooks.
As far as the changes are concerned, aesthetically the Breeze 3.0 looks mostly different in the toe box area. The toe cap now has ventilation inserts, but the shoe largely stayed the same.
If you're looking for a comfortable, versatile boot, I'd highly recommend the Breeze. It's well worth the investment! My husband's finally kicked the bucket this weekend after wearing them while roofing in hot weather (the midsole foam cracked, which, not surprising considering the conditions they were enduring).
Ultimate Backpacking Comfort
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
I had the Vasque breezes for 2 backpacking seasons in Montana and a semester in Kenya. I was so sad to retire them. They are comfortable from the get go, run true to size, and are great for all summer romps. The ankle support is great for long backpacking trips and the mesh allows for better ventilation than your standard full leather boot. If you don't plan on diving through piles of jagged rock, you should plan to have these babies for a long time! The Goretex is a great feature for spring hikes and not having to dance around puddles. The photo below is from a hike during rainy season in Kenya. Paired with Gaiters my feet stayed dry on our day hike.
How much do these shoes weigh?
Hey Samantha, Vasque has got them as a claimed weight of 2 lbs. 2 oz (976 g). Let me know if you have any other question on them or would like help placing an order - my direct line is 801.204.4547 or you can email me at email@example.com. Cheers, Connor