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Vasque Breeze - Day Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Why They're CoolThe uppers—open mesh on the outside and brushed nylon within—of these two-pound-eight-ounce shoes are woven as a single piece, rather than sewn or glued together. The result is unimpeded airflow, which I appreciated on a hot hike through Saguaro National Park. » Tall, nubuck-reinforced uppers guarded my ankles against sneaky ankle-height rocks. » Vibram apparently spied on me to develop this sole, but I don't mind. The Breezes gripped on desert surfaces as varied as dirt, volcanic rock, and a rusty old truck frame. » Nylon in the midsole gives a cushioned gait, and a nylon shank helps fend off arch-poking rocks.

Hmmm . . .These shoes aren't much use in the wet. Order the Gore-Tex-lined version if you need splash protection.

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