Reviewers say the Vasque Breeze GTX XCR hiking boot provides good ankle support and protection for day hikes or ultralight backpacking. Many owners say it's comfortable out of the box, and it comes in gender-specific sizes in three widths. Although most of the customers who reviewed these boots are men, the Vasque Breeze is also popular with women. Users report that it's generally true to size, although some women feel the Breeze runs a little narrow. The waterproof membrane is Gore-Tex XCR, which is more breathable than regular Gore-Tex. Most reviewers praise the waterproofing, but we found a few complaints of leaks and general durability concerns about the waterproofing. Like most waterproof boots, once they're wet they take a long time to dry. Some experts recommend fast-drying boots without waterproofing instead, such as the inexpensive L.L.Bean Trail Model Hikers II Mid (*Est. $80).
This hiking boot accumulates owner-written reviews at quite a few sites; Moosejaw.com and Backcountry.com have the most. Owners also provide useful comments at Backcountry.com, Trailspace.com and OnlineShoes.com. An article on light hiking boots at The Seattle Times is based on field tests but covers a slightly different model, the Vasque Breeze Lite GTX (*Est. $130).
About 40 women review the Vasque Breeze GTX XCR hiking boot at this retail site, giving it an average ranking of 5 out of 5. Owners praise the combination of support, ankle protection and comfort, even right out of the box. Almost 80 men also give this boot above-average ratings, with one male reviewer recommending that reported waterproofing problems might be due to water seeping down the wearer's legs into the boots, and suggesting rain pants as possible fix.
Review: Vasque Women's Breeze GTX XCR Boot, Contributors to Moosejaw.com
More than two dozen men review the Vasque Breeze XCR, praising its waterproofing and comfort. These boots get equally positive reviews from more than a dozen women. The men mostly say the Breeze runs true to size and width; the women agree that it runs true to size, but sometimes narrow on width.
Review: Vasque Breeze XCR, Contributors to ShoeBuy.com
More than 50 men review the Vasque Breeze GTX, giving it an average 4-star rating. They report that it's generally comfortable, but some have problems getting a good fit with the different widths; some feel the boot runs narrow, while others say it runs wide. Most are happy with the waterproofing, although some say it lasts six months or less.
Review: Vasque Breeze GTX Hiking Boot -- Men's, Contributors to Backcountry.com
More than two dozen owners rate and review the Vasque Breeze GTX XCR at this gear-review site. High praise is mixed with heavy criticism about both waterproofing and durability.
Review: Vasque Breeze GTX XCR, Contributors to Trailspace.com
About 40 men provide detailed reviews, giving this boot a 4.5-star average rating. Most declare it comfortable ("Finally a pair of boot that fits!!" says one reviewer) and like the traction, support and durability. However, one user notes that traction is good when facing forward, less so when the foot is at an angle. Water resistance gets mostly positive, but mixed, reviews.
Review: Vasque Breeze GTX XCR, Contributors to OnlineShoes.com
6. The Seattle Times
Comparison tests here recommend a similar Vasque boot which has limited availability, the Vasque Breeze Lite GTX. The Breeze Lite is praised for its fit, with a narrow heel and wider forefoot. Traction and support are also judged to be very good.
Review: Kick the Heavyweight Habit with These Hiking Shoes, Dan A. Nelson, Sept. 2009