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Comfortable shoes for eco-friendly feet.

Made from eco-friendly and recyclable materials, the Patagonia Drifter A/C Hiking Shoe appreciates the Earth like you do. Go out and enjoy the outdoors wearing the air-cushioned Drifter with a low-cut profile and comfortable fit. The breathable mesh lining permits air-flow, while the anatomical footbed provides extra cushion and support. Recycled Vibram soles grip the trail, so your next step won’t leave you slipping all over the mountain.

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4 5

Quality shoe, overall good impressions

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Took these shoes on their maiden voyage for something like 6 miles this weekend on a rocky hike. Overall a nice shoe with a solid sturdiness about them and plenty of traction. They're relatively breathable but my feet still got a bit warmer than they would with something like a running shoe (expected).

Additionally, and I may need to break them in a bit more, but after a while one of my pinky toes started to callous. Could also be my wide feet or funky stride so take this with a grain of salt. I'm also relatively flat footed and my arches started to become a bit sore a few miles in at a steady incline, so like with any shoe, if you require additional support you should consider also picking up some inserts.

Overall a good shoe that I'm pleased with.

5 5

Immediate field test in Afghanistan

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Imagine undulating terrain with rocks, gravel, mud, and standing water, now imagine traversing several miles through it every day in 20-30 degree temperatures. The shoes kept my feet dry, comfortable, and temperate, without any issues at all. The grip on the sole is amazing on every type of surface, it cuts through mud, holds gravel in check, and has no problem gripping on awkward angles. I am hooked on Patagonia shoes and will enjoy the rest of this products life. Constructed with great materials and allows me to go anywhere I want without concern.

5 5

Superb shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have wide feet and these are the most comfortable shoes I have even owned. They are really breathable and look pretty good. My only criticism is the tread pattern, which has a lot of very fine grooving in it that I doubt improves traction, but does hold mud/clay and they are as a result very hard to clean. Nonetheless, I am giving them a top rating. Muddy shoes, who cares?

5 5

Good value and great quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Wide toe box for movement and breathability. Solid heal capture for serious hiking and elevation changes. Overall a great low hiker and the Patagonia guarantee.

5 5

Summer Breeze makes me feel fine!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These are the best, most supportive hiking shoes that I've worn before. I don't know where to start but I mainly use these for roofing work in the Salt Lake Valley in the dead of summer 100 degree + persistent heat. My feet never get hot or sweaty, the tread actually lasts all summer on abrasive asphalf shingles and I never get blisters. Not very comparable to the Contragrip on Salomon's which wore out in less than half a summer. On the trail these carry heavy packs excellent and the tread is super grippy. I can't ask for any better these check all the boxes. These run a half size large.

5 5

Outstanding!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

From the standpoint of comfort and protection, these are the best shoes I've ever had.

3 5

A bit heavy for my taste.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I tried them out just the same as the leather upper version (non AC), and unfortunately came to the same conclusion. I like the sole and the wraparound coverage. I like the the breathability, a bit more than the GT leather version. I even liked the style and design. Unfortunately they are a bit warmer than what I want in a hiking shoe and a trail runner breaths better (with the added bonus of drying out much quicker). They are to heavy for me. Since I began running in the minimal shoe all of my footwear has become lighter and a traditional trail hiker does not work for me any more. They are just too heavy for me now. When I fast pack I usually wear a trail running shoe with a lot of cushion which lately has been the Brooks Cascadia. I feel these are a little heavy and outdated for the evolution of a lot of trail activities. If you are looking for a durable shoe with a ton of protection and added weight then this could work for you. I am a 10.5 and fit the 10.5 just perfect. Again all people have their own preferences and for me these fell short.

Responded on

Of course they are too heavy to be a trail runner. They're a hiking shoe and marketing as such.

Responded on

I'm not sure what you are talking about but I never said I use them as a trail runner, I said they are too heavy for me since I began using minimal shoes for running. Now I prefer all of my footwear to be light and efficient. To me these are over kill for anyone who is out there killing the trail. These could be could for a beginner and or novice looking for extreme foot protection, but for those of us looking to really push it these do not of the it factor. Obviously they are not a trail running shoe, though Salomon's GTX pro 3d trail running shoes do rival this one in weight. So again these would be an option for entry-level hikers and people with minimal experience on the trails. They will provide killer protection, and excellent cushion, but is probably overkill for someone seasoned on the trail now that footwear and our understanding of the foot and its interaction with leg muscles grows.

5 5

Unbelievably... It's all true!!!

Well, I was leary on buying the shoe. I liked the brand but getting it through the mail, well... I jumped in an ordered. The shoe came quickly and I checked it out. The only flaw was one loose eyelet. I can cope with that. Then I went hiking... and hiking... and hiking. I have been so busy hiking all over the NW that I have not had time to make a comment online. I really, really like these shoes. They may be my favorite shoe of all time. If I could figure out a way to wear them to work and church I would. That is my comment on these shoes. Comfortable, durable, they have a spring back when you walk that allows you to walk farther than you intended. They are good, and this is my shoe that I will continually order. Thanks backcountry!

5 5

Great Shoe

I wore these shoes every day for 21 days in all different terrain in Peru including jungle, cobblestone, mountains, snow, and general hiking. They dried quickly and held up to the elements well. My feet did not get sore or tired and they required minimal break in. Fit is true to size. The shoes look nearly new after my trip!

I purchased these shoes approximately one...

I purchased these shoes approximately one month ago. I wanted to ask if I am eligible for a credit (i.e my purchase price less the sale
price)? I would like to use the credit to purchase some more gear. Please advise...

Responded on

Best bet will be to initiate a chat with a BC rep by using the link at the top of the page. They should be able to take care of you. Best of luck.

3 5

Very comfortable, great traction, durability was an issue

I really wanted to love these shoes. In fact, I loved them for about a year. Mainly casual hiking, never backpacked in them, despite my doing a lot of backpacking... but I only wear mid or high boots for support while backpacking.

After getting these soaking wet on a couple occasions the durability bottomed out. Several portions of the nubs that are glued to the sole began to fall off. I stepped in a few dog bombs one day, turned the shoes over the start scraping them clean, and lo and behold several of the nubby cleat like things had fallen off long before.

If Patagonia addresses the sole durability issues with Vibram I'd buy several pairs of these. I loved them while they lasted.

5 5

On the JMT and PCT

After wearing the Drifter for a week, I headed for CA and did a 30 mile backpacking trip and another 70 miles of day hikes in the Sierra Nevadas. Not a single complain. What a great shoe!

On the JMT and PCT
5 5

Comfortable from the get-go

I've been using Vasque for years, thinking that their fit was the best for my (narrow) feet. Sadly, on hikes longer than 5 miles I would always get sore spots which would eventually turn into blisters as the day went on. That, along with the occasional black toe nail, led me to believe that maybe those Vasques were not the ideal shoe for me. I bought these due to the generally rave reviews I had been reading, and after several summits I can safely say that all of those reviews were absolutely correct. These boots have absolutely NO break-in period. I did two 4000 foot ascents in 2 weeks and my feet felt relatively unfazed. Additionally, the grip is nothing short of spectacular. I never felt unsure of my step in these and would recommend them to anyone looking for a good, low-top boot.

Comfortable from the get-go
5 5

The best...

I've owned a few different pairs of approach/trail shoes (including merrel & keen) but none of the others came close to these. Very comfortable, well ventilated and so far, tough as nails. I agree with the other reviewers that the sizing is perhaps a little larger than other brands... but I still fit the 12.

5 5

Awesome, but runs large.

Just spent 10 days hiking the canyons and plateaus of the Colorado Plateau in these. Here are a couple of points to note:
1. The size is big. I typically wear a size 10 running shoe, but needed to go with a 9.5 in this shoe. The 10 was just too big and my feet slid all over the place. (Got a pair for my wife as well, and had to return and move down 1/2 size.) Order down 1/2 size when ordering online, and you probably won't need to exchange/return. I wear different brands of merino wool socks, which are heavier than cotton, but not as bulky as the heavy ones I wear with my Vasque's when carrying heavier loads.
2. As noted by other reviewers, the first couple days were slightly slick, but wore in nicely. No real ankle support - so if you need or are used to ankle support, might not be the shoe for you.
3. Stepped in a few mud holes (they don't grip well on wet, algae covered rock), and they rinsed out/cleaned up nicely.
4. They breath, but not as much as you would think. My socks are damp after wearing, even in Utah! But, not enough to cause friction blisters.
Short review, but in conclusion I think that they are going to be the choice when hiking Rim-to-Rim later this fall, getting picked over the Vasque's, due to the lighter weight and overall sturdiness. Great shoe and worth the 5 stars after the initial wearing. If needed, I'll amend the review after a couple of months.

1 5

Not Up To Patagonia High Standards

Sorry to say, if you expect Patagonia's high standards of quality and durability you won't find it in this shoe. I've had mine less than a year and the soles are already wearing thin and falling apart. The rubber bumpers began peeling off soon after purchasing and the footbed's have always drifted. I'm used to Patagonia gear that simply does not wear out under normal usage. These shoes are several notches below what you'd expect from Patagonia (oh well, they look nice).

Responded on

rejogc993378,

Please return your Drifters to BC.com so we can have a look at them, exchange them, or give you a refund. Sounds like you've gotten a defective pair. Click to chat with an online representative or call
Backcountry.com (1.800.409.4502) to make arrangements for the return.

5 5

Great gear!

I've been wearing these for 5 weeks now with the OEM insoles and they are great. The break in period was minimal, the support is excellent, and they look great. I wear them daily for work and spend countless hours on my feet. My feet are never sore,or tired after work and the grip on them is amazing. I can see how they could possibly hold a bit of mud, but the lugs in the sole seem like they would clean out nicely on their own. I own several pairs of Merrells, Keens, and Vasque footwear and these are one of my favorites.