Boots for the long haul.
The Arc'teryx Bora Mid LTR GTX Men's Hiking Boot is a bomber boot made for rocky alpine trails, sloppy lowland hikes, and multi-day backpacking missions. It doesn't feature the removable waterproof bootie of its big brother the Bora2, but the comfortable liner has the same waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane to provide killer comfort in soggy conditions, without turning your feet swampy when the weather warms up.
Like its big brother, the Bora also utilizes Arc'teryx's Adaptive Fit design, which foregoes a tongue in favor of a slip-on construction designed to eliminate pressure points and hot spots. The liner has an elastic collar to keep debris and water from slipping into your socks, and the Bora is also built on a solid TPU chassis to provide a solid feel on treacherously uneven terrain. An EVA midsole provides solid underfoot cushioning, and the Vibram Arc'teryx Hiking sole is made to keep you upright on trails that'll have your dog begging for a lift.
- Nubuck leather upper
- Stretch nylon mesh and EVA foam liner
- Two-layer Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane
- Adaptive Fit design
- EVA midsole
- TPU chassis
- Vibram Arc'teryx Hiking sole
- Item #ARC00I2
- Q & A
Remarkable pair of boots - sweet tech
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 8
The first time I stumbled upon these shoes (Summer Outdoor Retailer Show) I must say I was as much intrigued as I was skeptical about these shoes. Arc'teryx being fairly new to the shoe game, its hard to say if the boot's distinctive design is revolutionary or just a gimmick.
What makes these boots so unique and unlike any other boot on the market is the gore-tex sock liner that is integrated inside the boot. The liner serves as somewhat of a mini-gaiter. It adds an extra degree of waterproofing and prevents tiny rocks and debris from getting inside your shoe.
I absolutely love these boots and can finally say my holy grail quest for the ultimate day hike/light backpacking/snowshoeing boot has finally come to an end. They are ridiculously comfortable out of the box and have virtually no break-in period.
I live in Utah and I christened them with a relatively long hike to Havasu Falls (20 miles round trip) and they were flawless. No blisters or discomfort. Super water proof. Felt rugged and durable.
They are lightweight and flexible enough for short hikes but have just enough stiffness to take on a short backpacking trip. I have struggled big time finding a mid to high top boot that doesn't cause discomfort in my ankles. The beauty of these shoes is that since they have a liner, they don't have the tongue that traditional boots have. So, when you tie your laces, it doesn't create pressure where the tongue meets the ankle sides. Instead, it just conforms perfectly around your ankle, displacing the pressure evenly throughout.
The one thing I must say is that I personally found these shoes to run a full size big. I am a size 9 in 95% of my shoes and tried on an 8.5 since they didn't have a 9 in stock and they were shockingly big on me. The 8's were perfect and I personally like having extra room in the toe box for when I use thicker socks.
No two feet are alike but give these bad boys a try! They may be absolutely perfect for you.
Side note, the difference between these and the Bora2 ($350 version) is that the Bora2's liner is removable and interchangeable. If you want to have the flexibility of putting different liners in to adapt to the seasons, then it may be a justifiable upgrade. The liners that came with mine seem versatile enough for a variety of climates but we shall see as it gets colder out.