Hiking is no picnic on its own. Hiking during days when the mercury rises to scorching levels, however, can make it all the more unpleasant. You need to be suited in gear that will let the body breathe from head to toe. Vasque’s all-new Inhaler II GTX was built for that weather.
A mid-top hiking boot, it sports an upper constructed from 1.4mm PU-coated leather with abrasion-resistant 3D mesh walls to ensure high levels of breathability during hot weather hikes, along with perforated ventilation ports on the molded toe and heel counters. Further elevating the passage of air to your feet is a Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining, which also denies entry to any puddles or shallow water you walk on along the way on top of its foot-cooling talents.
Unlike most hiking boots, the Vasque Inhaler II has a build similar to athletic shoes, so it won’t feel stiff when you need to pick up the speed on the trail, whether you’re trying to escape an unexpected downpour or trying to run away from a bear. A Vibram Pneumatic sole with Megagrip compound rubber ensures excellent traction over unpredictable terrain, so you can pound the ground with surefooted assurance every step of the way. Features include low-friction lacing, a dual-density TPU instep shank footbed, and a molded EVA midsole. It’s lightweight, too, with each shoe weighing less than a pound each.
Available in black/green and gray/orange, the Vasque Inhaler II Hiking Boots are priced at $159.99.