Trying to keep up with someone laced up in the Vasque Inhaler II GTX could present a formidable challenge. Vasque has designed a hiking boot that is like a trail running shoe on steroids. Combining synthetic mesh from trail runners with leather commonly found in hikers, it's lightweight and super breathable, but also waterproof and reaches over the ankles. It gains purchase all kinds of surfaces too, from mud to scree to wet rocks. If moving quickly on trails through warm to hot weather appeals to you, this well-ventilated pair could be right up your alley.
The Merrell Capra Venture Mid GTX is the most similar boot to the Inhaler II in this review, also looking like a trail runner with an even higher ankle collar. For the highest performing lightweight boot, look no further than the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP, which almost matches this Vasque in weight, but provides superior comfort and protection.