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Mountain Kicks 2015: Vasque Inhaler Low GTX

Vasque Inhaler Low GTX shoe review

Light Alpinism

If you’d rather walk through the woods than cling to an exposed ridgeline, reach for the comfortable Inhaler Low. The dual-density EVA midsole offers cushion and ample forward flex for cruising over rolling terrain, while a stiff TPU instep shank bolsters the foot. “Great long-haul shock absorbency,” a tester reports. But the Inhaler is terrain-specific: it excels at moving over smooth terrain, but feels a bit too soft and loose in stair-step rock garden scrambles. The meaty tread on Vibram rubber stands firm on slickrock and muddy stretches. An inner bootie made from Gore-Tex protects against groundwater, yet testers ranked this light hiker best in the category for breathability due to Surround technology. Swami gripe: The comfy, sneaker-like fit detracts from responsive ground feel on technical pitches. Swami like: Ideal for light loads and town to trail hikes and walks. 14 oz; $140; vasque.com

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Back to the 2015 Trail Test. From the Early Summer 2015 issue.

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