Hiking boots are the number one most important gear you need when you head out so here is my first review on my boots, the VasqueBreeze 2.0 Mid GTX Hiking Boots.
- I never had to break in these boots and they have never once given me a blister — from the first day I put them on to now.
- They come up to my ankles so they have amazing ankle support. I’m uber clumsy and have really tested hurting my ankle too but each time, these boots save me.
- They are lightweight.
- They fit amazingly with a good amount of toe room.
- They are breathable and wonderful for warm hikes (though I still love them for cold hikes too!).
- These boots do a great job at keeping my feet dry as they are advertised as waterproof. I’ve walked through streams and not felt any water. In comparison to other brands, mine were impressive in this aspect — In fact, when I was trekking through a massive storm with a heavy downpour, I made my friends highly jealous when my boots were dry for hours but theirs gave way to the water immediately. Admittedly, several hours later in that downpour, mine did give way too but any boot — even ones that are said-to-be waterproof — would suffer eventually. That’s simply because each seam in footwear means a place water can seep in. All boots have seams. What you want to have is a boot that prolongs water getting inside as much as possible; these boots do that.
- They are very slippy on wet rocks so much so that I have to be extremely careful. Other brands have much better traction.
- These are not backpacking boots (which is the same for most breathable-material ones). I’ve tried and my feet were sore afterwards as they cannot support heavy packs (and I carry around 50 pounds at times). However if it is a day hike or short camp, my feet feel fine.
- Rating: If used for short hikes and not long backpacking trips, these boots score out of Five Vistas
- NOTE: There is a newer version of my boots available, the VasqueBreeze III GTX Hiking Boots. These are even the overall staff pick at REI, which says something!
- Tips when tracking down your own hiking boots
- Don’t be scared to spend money on hiking footwear. If this is something you want to get into, hiking boots and shoes are expensive but the good ones are worth every penny.
- Here’s a suggestion for females who want to save money: If you are around a size eight or up, check out the men’s hiking footwear. I say this because they are many times massively cheaper. Don’t be scared by the fact that they are men’s hiking boots or shoes either — Some are super stylish and I’ve preferred more men’s boots over females but because I wear a 6.5, there’s not a small enough size comparable.
- What to look for: Don’t go for looks. Top aims for me are shock absorption and waterproof (remember the less seams equal the less chance water can get in). Also, breathable material for hot months and leather for cold months.