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Rated5out of5byAnnaHikesfromPerfect hiking bootI bought these last year and have had no problems. I took them up a 14er the first weekend (probably not the best idea) without wearing them in and they were perfect. Great support, great fit, and durable shoes. I've been hiking in them for almost a year now, and they still look almost new (minus the dirt).
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated4out of5byHTCfromEasy to break-inI love these boots! Joe at our REI store was right -- it's super easy to break these boots in. After a weekend of snowshoeing and another of hiking on icy trails, these boots proved to be the best complement to my outdoor gear. I'm excited to do longer hikes with these lightweight boots.
I've been looking for a pair of waterproof and extremely breathable boots and I think I've found them! I only have 2 gripes:
Con- if you tie the top of the boots too tight, extra material from the attached tongue will rub against your ankles. Maybe when I break them in more, it won't be such a problem. For breaking them in, I'm wearing thicker socks and just won't tighten too much.
Con- They look like sneakers! Some might find this a plus, but I want low-key boots that don't scream, "I'm a Girl!!" The mesh provides maximum breathability, but it also makes me wonder how durable they are and how long they will last. Also, the boots don't come in any other color option, and honestly, I am not an "African violet" kind of person. Despite the appearances, I still went with these boots for the breathability, ankle support, and light weight. The violet will most definitely clash with my hiking color palette ;)
Quick note: I'm typically a size 7.5 but the size 8 boots fit perfectly with good socks. The 7.5 was too narrow in the toe box.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated2out of5byem-rissafromNot that greatI have to say I'm very surprised by the number of positive comments about these boots. Don't get me wrong, they're not terrible, but I don't understand what is so wonderful about them.
I've had these boots for about a year, and they've gotten a lot of use in many different terrains. I originally bought them for a trail job in Oregon, where I walked through a stream in the rain. Had the stream not go over the top of the boot, they would've stayed dry. So, in terms of waterproof, these boots are great! Another pro would be that these boots are very comfortable for those with wide feet. I do not think these boots would fit someone with narrow feet though.
On the other hand, the traction on these is not wonderful. While doing the Havasu Falls trail in Arizona recently which is primarily loose gravel, my boots struggled. My boyfriend on the other hand had great traction with his Danner boots.
My other/main issue with these boots is support. The laces lasted maybe a month. After that, no matter how tight I tied my boots, they would loosen within an hour, allowing my ankle to roll around in the boot. Even after purchasing new laces a few times, they did the same thing. I think the boot in general is awful for ankle support, which I need.
I think if you're not doing intense backpacking these boots would be ok. I hate to be "that person" on these reviews, but I just don't like these boots.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated5out of5byBeautifulandlovelyfromSo good they are almost therapeuticI bought them for hiking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain (The Way of St. James)---500 miles. I am 65 (almost) with arthritic knee and sciatica, so boots/shoes will/are very important to me. I wore them to the gym on the treadmill and I was able to walk twice as much than normal. I volunteer at the local food bank and walking in the warehouse I felt like I was walking on a trampoline!
These boots are awesome. 2 of the volunteers and my husband are so impressed they are buying this boot. When we return from Europe in October (we will be there for 1 1/2 to 2 months), I will write a review
I bought the boots at the Plano store and the weekday employees are very knowledgeable and helpful. THANK YOU.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated5out of5byjawsjr22fromLove, Love,Love!!!!Going hiking in Ireland this summer and need a pair of durable and comfortable shoes. Upon doing a few practice hikes I found these shoes meet all of my requirements.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated5out of5byJenrada5fromBest Hiking Boots Ever.I broke these boots in at Bear Peak in Boulder, CO during a snow storm a couple of weeks ago. I was concerned because they don't look waterproof - although the sales person at REI assured me they were. AND SHE WAS SO RIGHT. Not a drop of snow/water got in the boots and they were very comfortable during foot deep snow for my first hike in them. Very happy.
We then hiked at Reavis Waterfall Trail in the Superstition Mountains just a couple of days ago (my 2nd use of these boots). We hiked about 16 miles in 1 day in 75 degree heat. So totally different conditions from CO. And my feet felt great. Not too warm and very comfortable.
I am very happy with these boots and don't hesitate to recommend them.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated5out of5byJrafteryfromFell in love with this boot immediatelyI bought this in size 9 originally after reading a Backpacker Magazine review - the reviewer said he bushwhacked off a mountain helping carry out 200 lbs of Elk meat and praised the Vasque Breeze 2.0 for its lightweight support.
I fell in love immediately, though I had to go back and get a size 9.5 WIDE because of trail swell and foot movement. (that could be a problem, but I have freaky high arches)
I didn't have to break them in much at all before I went on a 22 mile day hike. My feet were tired by the end, but my ankles felt great - no black toenails, either!
I've seen other reviews say these boots aren't very waterproof... but I haven't seen that. You can feel the cold through the mesh in the boot, and if you go off-trail through brush you might cut a hole through the liner, but I've hiked through snow, mud, and rivers and had a blast with cozy feet.
This boot is so versatile! I've gone fast hiking (22 miles in 5 hours) and backpacking in the Olympics, and they've served me very well.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated5out of5bymoreavocadoplzfromBest boots everI bought these boots about 6 months in advance for a trekking trip in Peru I'll be going on in May so I could have plenty of time to break them in. The thing is - they don't seem to need much breaking in! They are crazy comfortable, great support, and although I haven't taken them out in wet conditions yet they appear to be very durable. I'll probably have more to say after I put them to the true test on a mountain in Peru - but for now they've been great for the hikes that I have been wearing them on.
Date published: 2014-01-23
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