The Vasque Breeze is a supportive and athletically built mid-weight hiker that can be purchased with a waterproof membrane or without, and in regular or narrow widths. According to one of our testers, this was one of the most popular boots on the Appalachian Trail. Many thru-hikers wore them, and when they wore out, bought them again, which says a lot about the performance of the boot. During our review, the Breeze failed in the water resistance test, being the only boot in this review that actually leaked water while claiming to be waterproof. In terms of comfort, traction, and breathability, these score decently well. We prefer the Breeze over the similarly weighted and supportive Scarpa Kailash, but we prefer the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's to the Breeze for most backpacking trips. For simple day hikes the La Sportiva FC ECO 3.0 GTX - Women's and the Targhee II are the most comfortable.
The Breeze GTX has been replaced by the Breeze 2.0 GTX - Women's, which retails for $170. The 2.0 is the latest version from Vasque, who reports that this model is more breathable, lighter, and more durable. This boot features a Gore-Tex liner and a Vibram sole and is available in narrow, medium, and wide versions.