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Gear Review

5 5

Great Shoes

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I received a pair of these shoes through a Gore-Tex testing program and have been very happy with them. After moving to Oregon from the high desert, I quickly realized I didn't have appropriate footwear for the near-constant rain. I've used the Drifter's for everything from my bike commute to backpacking trips and even spent a day hiking around in the snow. I have yet to pull them off and find wet socks - all the outside water is kept out and they still breathe well enough that my feet don't feel claustrophobic and stuffy (my largest initial concern with a Gore-Tex shoe).
While these are not light enough to use as a runner, they do fill a niche as a nice light hiker that is still supportive enough for backpacking. I did do a small amount (2-3 miles) of light trail jogging with a ~30lb pack on once and they felt fine.
Fit was true to Patagonia's sizing (I ordered them based on another pair of Patagonia shoes I own). So far they've held up very well with about 10 months of use, and if the other pair of Patagonia shoes I own is any indication they should continue to wear very well into the future.
My only two complaints (and minor ones) are that the right shoe seemed to have a slight rise under the hell. It's only noticeable when I rock back and forth from toe to heel and hasn't affected performance. The soles are also pretty slick on damp or wet man-made surfaces - tile, linoleum, anything metal and even some sidewalks and asphalt.
Overall, I've been really pleased with these. Definitely recommend them,