FullSizeRender-1So one of the most important pieces of gear has been scratched off my list as I recieved my new pair of Vasque Inhaler II’s today in the mail.. In interest of full disclosure, I am part of the 2016 Thruhike Syndicate which is gracefully sponsored by Vasque and other companies you will hear about as I beat up and test their gear. Vasque came prepared to outfit Thruhike Syndicate with so many variations of shoes it was almost overwhelming. In the end, I decided on the Inhaler II. It seemed to be mid-range as far as support and weight. The Pacific Crest Trail is mainly a pretty manicured and easy terrain, leading me to chose a shoe that was light over a high top with tons of ankle support.

vasque inhaler iiEarlier this year I bought a pair of Brooks Cascadia 10’s to prep for the PCT. Almost immediately I started reading horror stories of how the toe began to come apart after 200 miles. One of the things that is apparent with the Inhaler II’s is how well many and strongly stitched they are. They feel durable and I’m guessing that I’ll easily get 500 miles out of a pair (I’ll report on how they actually hold up once I’m on the trail).

 

FullSizeRender-5The grip on the bottom of the shoe is pretty aggressive and the support along the arch is great. The Inhaler II will go along way to absorb the abuse of sharp rocks while still feeling lightweight. The sidewalls of the shoes around the ankle area are dense and supportive but not puffy like other running and trail shoes I own. In fact, it might be the biggest difference in initial feel that I can recognize.

Vasque Inhaler IIOne of the things that sticks out is the detail work on the shoe and the small patterns and stitching. It really is quite a beautiful pair of shoes.

I plan on putting about 150 miles on these shoes before I take them on the PCT in April. I should have plenty of opinions on how they perform by then. While I hesitate to call this a review since I haven’t beaten them up yet, I can definitely tell you I am excited about these shoes and am pretty confident that they are going to be one of the best pieces of gear I have on me.

Vasque Inhaler II

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Posted by Jonathan

I'm preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail starting in April 2016. I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah and work as a marketing consultant. Lately I've been watching a lot of "Cheers" and think Coach might be the funniest character of all time.

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  1. Definitely looking forward to see how you like the new shoes. I definitely think I need to invest in some new ones as I feel the high top boots I have just seem to really construct my feet and lead to achy heels. I just become paralyzed by analysis so new hiking boots is always a big deal

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  2. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the planning goes! My partner did the PCT in 2012 and we’re revising/reposting his blog from then on our current website. Feel free to read along and ask any questions you feel like he might be able to answer! And I’m currently figuring out when to fit in my own thru-hike, so I’ll be following along as you prepare for your trek :)

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