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EDIT: FR Vasque Breeze LT GTX Boots Jenn E.

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  • AndrĂ© Corterier
    ... Hi Jenn, I have no edits for you. I m sorry to hear breaking the shoes in took so long. Better luck putting them through their paces during the LTR phase!
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      > EDIT: FR Vasque Breeze LT GTX Boots Jenn E.

      Hi Jenn,
      I have no edits for you. I'm sorry to hear breaking the shoes in took so long. Better luck putting them through their paces during the LTR phase!

      Regards,

      André

      --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, "JennE" <jennksnowy@...> wrote:
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      > Here is my field report for the Vasque Breeze LT GTX boots.
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      > Thank you in advance for any edits.
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      > My HTML can be found here:
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      > http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/TESTS/Vasque%20Jenn%20E/#FR
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      > or here
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      > http://tinyurl.com/kwc6oo
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      > Field Report
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      > June 30, 2009
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      > Testing Locations
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      > The Vasque Breeze LT GTX Boots were worn in the following locations during the past two months:
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      > Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, California: I spent a total of four days day-hiking at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park during the testing period. The day hikes ranged from 2-5 mi (3-8 km). The temperatures ranged from 65 F (18 C) to 85 F (29 C) on my visits to the park.
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      > Aliso and Wood Canyon Regional Park, California: On a day-hike in this area after my mountain bike ride. I hiked approximately 5 mi (8 km). It was sunny and the high temperature was around 77 F (25 C).
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      > Wasatch-Cache Mountain National Forest, Utah: On two day-hikes in the area ranging from 3-5 mi (5-8 km). The temperatures were in the mid 40's to low 70's F (7 to 21 C) and it was partly cloudy to raining.
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      > Performance in the Field
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      > During my field reporting phase of testing the Vasque Breeze LT GTX boots I encountered difficulty breaking them in. That is the main reason why they were only used for day-hiking and not backpacking. They have been worn with various types of socks (heavy weight, mid-weight, and light weight wool and wool blend socks) for about 30 mi (48 km) of hiking during this testing period.
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      > On my first day-hike at Whiting Ranch we hiked 5 mi (8 km) and I encountered a pressure area on the back of my right heel where the calcaneus bone is beneath the skin. This area opened slightly and formed a small blister. Because I could not feel my heel sliding in the boots I was thinking that I just had to break them in.
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      > On the next day hike I wore socks with thicker padding in the calcaneus area and this seemed to help relieve some of the pressure on the back of my heel. I still had a small hot spot, but it did not amount to a blister of any sort. I was preparing for a backpacking trip and I did not feel comfortable wearing the boots on my upcoming trip, especially knowing that my trip would involve some high mileage.
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      > I decided to change the footbeds in the boots to an aftermarket footbed designed for high volume footwear. I also changed my lacing technique to include a surgeon knot. On my subsequent hikes with the boots I found that the irritation on the back of my heels diminished and is now not occurring. I think by getting more miles in with the boots and changing the footbeds helped. The aftermarket footbeds definitely add more padding beneath my feet and offer much more arch/heel support.
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      > The lengthy break-in time I experienced was the only major issue I encountered with the boots thus far. In my opinion the boots are light weight and do not feel like a boot on my foot. They hug my forefoot and midfoot like a trail runner type of shoe. The Breeze LT GTX boots are breathable and I have not experienced my feet feeling excessively hot.
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      > The boots seem to have a thinner sole than my traditional backpacking boots. This can be expected due to the targeted audience these boots were designed for. The soles have a great deal of flex in the forefoot area. This is just more flexing than I am accustomed to. I actually like the forefoot area flex when scrambling rocks and boulders. I can feel small rocks and sticks through the bottom of the soles when I am walking.
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      > The boots have excellent traction on dirt trails, rocks, boulders, grassy areas, wet surfaces (such as pavement and grass), mud, and glaciated snow. The two days I spent day-hiking in Utah it was raining most of the time. The trails were muddy and at no point was there a loss of traction. I was very surprised that I did not lose my traction when crossing large glaciated snow fields without my trekking poles. While standing on the snow field my feet felt slightly chilled. I encounter the same issue with my trail runners when I am standing or hiking in the snow. I did not expect these boots to have insulating properties due to the type of boots they are.
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      > I can get the laces tight in the forefoot and the midfoot areas by just pulling on them with some force. They do not seem to loosen when they are tied or even when they become wet. The laces are somewhat long for my liking. I have to triple tie them at the top of the boots so they do not get in my way.
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      > The Vasque Breeze LT GTX boots have proven to be waterproof. Even with the outer mesh construction the GORE-TEX lining has kept the water out. I have worn them on glaciated snow fields, in rainy conditions, in mud, and while crossing streams without any water entering the boots. I was careful not to allow any water to go over the collar of the boots. In the rain I wore rain pants to cover the top of the boots. I could feel the cold temperature of the water especially in the streams and the puddles, but there was no sign of moisture inside the boots.
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      > Things That Rock:
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      > Lightweight
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      > Waterproof
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      > Breathable
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      > Good traction
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      > Things That Are So-So:
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      > A longer break-in time than what I am used to
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      > Super long laces
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      > Thin, non-supportive footbed
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      > Remarks
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      > This concludes my field reporting on the Vasque Breeze LT GTX boots. Thank you Vasque and backpackgeartest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test this product. Please check back again in two months for my long term report observations.
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