Light, sturdy and tough
I have had these boots a few weeks now and they are great. I wore them around the house the first few days to get a feel for them and to see if I would like them. Then as a break in I wore them to move into my new apartment, which was up two flights of stairs and it was a good test for the boots. The boots do feel a bit narrow around my toes but a simple loosen of the laces fixes that problem. Since then I have been on a few hikes in both grassland and mountain areas and the boots hold up well. The traction is good and they are decently waterproof. Time will tell how durable these boots will be.
Great Boot, Great Price
I bought these after giving up on a pair of boots that were twice the price (blisters, blisters, blisters) just two weeks before a hiking trip in the Alps.
With minimal break-in, they performed great - no blister, no foot pain, despite multiple days of 10+ miles with a 30 pound pack. They're better ventilated than most boots but still have solid ankle support.
If the fit works for you and you can get past the blah style, these are great boots. My wife has them too!
Great shoes for everyday - all day long!
I wear these boots every day to the office and running local errands. They look good until I work in my garage on a project, or hike through some wet or rough terrain, then they scuff easily. I try to keep one pair looking new for the office, and wear older pairs for hiking, fishing, etc. You might need a wider/half size larger than some other brands, but once you find your size, they're great everyday wear. I've been wearing them almost exclusively for years now.
I'm on my second pair of boots now. My first pair of boots took the pounding for 3 years and had to be replaced because I wore the sole out on hikes. It also got me through all the Philmont hikes and Eastern North Carolina trails/Scout outings for three years. I purchased my second pair because it is a quality boot. Three out of four adult scout leaders wore the boots on all workups and Philmont trip with no problems to their feet.
This is my 2nd time buying these boots
The first pair of these boots where fantastic. Virtually no break in required and very light compared to heavy duty backpacking boots. I have read other reviews where people state that the boots started to leak very quickly. I did not have that problem until years later when the boots were pretty worn out and I would expect them to start leaking. I wore these boots on most all of the New Hampshire 4000 footers and I was very happy with them.
This is a very recent purchase and I have only worn them three short hikes todate 2.5 - 3.0 miles each over moderate to flate terrain. Top eyelets seem to have a narrow opening and at times are hard to find when lacing up, this is a very minor issue though and I will probably get use to them. From day one, boots have been very comfortable and seem to provide good ankle support during my hikes with a light 20lb pack.
best hiking boot brand I've ever owned
I wear these boots for work every day walking on concrete and asphalt and my feet feel great. Saves my knees from the constant pounding of walking on these hard surfaces. I also use them for backpacking and they keep my feet warm, dry, and comfortable. I have never had a blister from these boots and have hiked for a week straight wearing them right out of the box. No real break in time is required.
Excellent lightweight boot
Purchased this boot as I needed a lightweight yet water proof boot. Went hiking in the rainforests in Olympic National Forest. True to the name of rainforests it rained. Was able to walk through puddles, through the rain while my feet stayed dry. Also, purchased right before trip and hiked almost 10 miles the first time I wore them. Very little break in time as my feet felt great for the next day of hiking.
Love these boots!
These boots are great.This is the second pair I have purchased. The first pair I bought in 2007. I bought them for a backpacking trip to Philmont NM. The boots were so comfortable that I wore them often around the house and to local camping outings. Wore them out in 6 years so I had to buy a second pair. I love these as
much as I love the first pair.
I Bought A Second Pair For My Son
As I got older - I'm 83, I looked for lighter backpacking equipment. I bought a "lightweight" pair of boots but found them uncomfortable with heavy loads and rough terrain. The Vasque Breeze GTX is much more rugged and a few ounces lighter than the "lightweight" boots. A few ounces on the feet is a large load. I bought a second pair for my son. He likes the feel and reduced weight.