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Breeze III, Men's

6-Inch Ebony and Gargoyle Gray Hiking Boot
Item: 7192    Manufacturer: Vasque
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Automatic comfort, right out of the box. This has been Vasque’s mantra since the Breeze III’s inception back before the numerals. This hiking boot has been engineered through iterations and customer feedback. With each version, the shoe just gets better which is why every staffer here has a pair.

The standard Breeze III for men is built with air mesh in between the ebony gray and gargoyle gray leather color panels. This mesh allows feet to breathe. The nubuck leather is 2.0mm thick and received a waterproof treatment. Despite this, we think this style is best suited to drier environments. The shoe is engineered to be lightweight and to breathe, so stepping in the occasional puddle or jumping brooks is fine, but save the river crossings for this shoe’s sturdier cousin, the Breeze III GTX. That note aside, this shoe is perfect for trail hikes from Acadia National Park to stomping around the Continental Divide or Great Basin Desert.

Jumping inside the shoe, there are several elements that make it ideal for what we describe. Vasque built the Breeze III for men on the Arc Tempo + last, which has two distinct elements: an asymmetric curve with folks with high arches, and a tapered toe box for wiggle room in the tootsies. Above the sole are the midsole and footbed, which are designed to provide cushion along the foot with the help of an EVA compound. EVA is comparable to polyurethane for comfort, but much lighter. For the sole, Vasque asked Vibram to engineer the Contact Grip sole for the Breeze styles. This sole has large grip cups that look like suctions that are specifically for bouldering and approach techniques. The Contact Grip sole is also 50% abrasion resistant, so Vasque reserves this sole for technical hiking and mountaineering shoes like the Breeze III. We love this boot and have brought it into our shop again and again. We think it is a great option for the basic day hiker and the bouldering fanatic.

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• 2 lbs, 8 oz. (1136g) • 2.0mm Waterproof Nubuck Leather with Air Mesh • Ebony and Gargoyle Gray • Toe and Heel Ventilation Ports • Arc Tempo+ Last • Dual Density EVA Footbed • All Terrain Compound (ATC) Midsole with EVA Cushioning Pods and TPU Shank • Vasque Exclusive Vibram Contact Grip with Megagrip Compound
  • Manufacturer: Vasque
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
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