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Gear Review

5 5

The essential mountain-bum shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these because I wanted a street shoe that wouldn't make my feet hurt on those short spontaneous hikes. The most suprising thing when I took them out of the box was how comfortable they felt. They feel like a soft well broken in shoe the instant you put them on. On top of that they have held up rather well (though I don't suspect the softish sole will last more than 3 years). The cushioning and tread of the sole is great on rocky steep terrain. These are trail sneakers, so don't expect a substitute for light trekking boot- after 8-10 mountain miles you will notice you are wearing sneakers, not boots. Being soft they will not provide the support needed if carrying a large pack distances. Size wise, they seem to be cut rather wide, which make them comfy around town shoes, so if you have narrow feet these will not give you the support. If you are the type of mountain bum that keeps boots in the back of your car just in case then these are the perfect shoes for you. Worth the Patagucci price tag.