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Equally capable of classy dinners and weekend backpacking trips, the Patagonia Men’s Ranger Smith Waterproof Mid Boot combines smooth leather looks with waterproof protection. Polartec fleece and merino wool on the inside help wick moisture and add comfort, while the partially recycled Vibram rubber sole grips trails and icy sidewalks with ease.

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this poor boot

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

i just ordered this boot in February and i can honestly say that I've put it through the wringer. first thing we were planting trees for a food plot on an old abandoned strip mine here in kentucky and that was the muddiest rockiest terrain I've ever been on. and after that i started a job for the forestry dept doing wild land fire fighting, and if you've ever visited eastern kentucky you know that our hills are extremely steep and despite all of this the boot has held up really well. i may need to apply some shoe goo because the sole has kind of separated from the leather in some spots but it doesn't really affect the boots performance and honestly I'm surprised that it isn't worse after what I've put it through...after applying some shoe goo and cleaning and polishing it up i expect it to look as good as new and ready to get me out to the crags at the red river gorge. i suppose i should mention that it's extremely comfortable and has plenty of style to spare, what more could you ask for?

Good Daily Boot

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.0

I wear this daily in the winter. Great tread for winter slush and snow. I wouldn't wear them in the summer... They are warm in the winter, but not sweating while at a desk or something. Summer I think they would be hot for me.

Fit great, I use a shoehorn and wear them a little on the loose side and can then leave them tied (slip on/off). Leather is a little stiff when new, but breaks in. I classify them as "Smart Casual" because they are dressy enough for formal business shoe, while you can hang on the weekends in the same boot without looking out of place.


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

I love these boots. They are comfortable, waterproof (but not hot) and hold up well to all the general abuse I put them through over a period of time. They look great too. I've been wearing them for a couple of years now and I highly recommend them.


Durable but flexible

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

I have been rocking these boots as hunting boots the past few weeks and really digging them. The waterproofing works well, even tromping through the wettest conditions. The traction is great on rock, trail, or slippery grass.

I'm getting a few scuffs, but overall impressed with the build and the materials.

What I like most is that they're durable but allow your foot to flex. I'm used to pretty minimal shoes and my feet doing most of the work, so it's great to have found a pair of boots that allow the same.

I've owned two pairs. What I've learned.

    These are my favorite shoes. Because of this, I just bought $40 inserts to fix them. The footbeds that comes with them are not adequate, and slide up the back of your ankle as you walk. Unacceptable. I solved this in my first pair with tape. This happens to both pairs that I've owned, so I know that it's definitely an ongoing design problem. On my latest pair, the height of the rim of the opening of the shoe was at the wrong place on the left shoe, wearing a hole in my ankle. Backcountry offered me a refund, which was great, but I chose to just try to fix them with a raised superfeet footbeds instead. Solved the issue, but Patagonia, what the heck? They are great otherwise. I use them for very light hikes, rain, snow, going to bars, interviews, etc. Very versatile.

    Great Boots with Many Uses

      I wore them on a short hike and they were very comfortable in every respect. They are warm however so you would have hot feet on a hot day. But I rarely hike in that kind of weather anyway and they do look good for occasions outside of hiking. I was a little disappointed that there was no guidance with the shoes on how to care for them, polish, clean, etc and had to email Patagonia for that info. But overall, very satisfied.

      Ranger Smiths

        These boots are a great option for lots of different situations. They are dressy enough for my office with a pair of casual dress pants and a nice shirt or they can be casual enough for jeans and a sweatshirt. They have proven to be waterproof and very warm, almost too warm. The traction is amazing. The sizing is true and these are very, very comfortable. My only complaint is that in some light, the brown color can take a purple hue. I'm hoping that they will fade and that will go away over time. But it is not stopping me from wearing them. I highly recommend if you're looking for a 'dressy' yet very functional boot.


          I've been waiting to pull the trigger on these boots for some time now, price being the major limiting factor. I've owned them for several weeks and have found them indispensable. Sharp clean appearance that works out on the town yet plenty of support and traction for the trail. These Ranger Smiths get the job done. The sizing is spot on too!

          Top notch boot / shoe

            Took my new Ranger Smiths out for a true test today having had a easy first outing through Changi airport and Vancouver streets. Today was a full on slush pile in melting snow,puddles and rain in Whistler. Thought there was no way they could be waterproof (as it says on the packet) so proceeded to walk through every puddle, slush pile etc I could find. 4 hours later got home and checked socks etc for any damp. All fine but feeling down the end of the shoe it felt wet. Being a bit of a nerd I stuffed tissue paper down to see if it was wet in the toes but alas not, just cold to the touch rather than wet. Great pair of boots/shoes comfortable, warm and dry. Would buy another pair if they did them in black! Top notch !

            Comfy, classy, good materials

              Love the boot. I use it in a casual environment. I haven't taken it hiking yet. Not a fan of the inserts, but not a big deal because I use custom orthotics which fit nicely by-the-way. The quality is worth the price. Saw these boots a little cheaper elsewhere, but backcountry service is worth the extra.


                I bought these as heavy duty hikers, for southern enviroment. With the Polartec lining, I think they would hold up in any enviroment. I actually changed jobs recently, and I wear them with dress pants, shirt w/tie, and sports coat. I'm never buying anything but Patagonia shoes again.

                Excellent multi-purpose boot

                  Purchased this boot to use during a week of light hiking in the Shenandoah Nat Park, and also be able to use them at casual outings during at wedding in DC that weekend (didn't want to pack a lot of shoes). Served their purpose well.

                  I have narrow feet, and these fit fairly well, but I have to use a pair of Superfeet to add to the factory inserts to take up the volume. The shank feels like a half shank, but provides good support for light hiking.

                  The boots are nice enough to wear with a pair of khakis.

                  very good.very nice.

                    runs about 1/2 size too large.
                    one of THE BEST boot's I have ever owned.
                    very comfortable,and very warm.not too heavy.
                    great traction.nice style.
                    i have danner's,and tnf boots/shoes.theses are better quality.
                    when i need a boot,whether casual or hanging out,these are my go to boots.
                    get these,you'll love it.if you get it too big,just return it for the right's worth it to get these boots and live in warm comfort.

                    Light, strong, and versatile

                      I bought these because I work outside as a tree doctor/estimator for tree work in all kinds of conditions and properties, in all four seasons in Pennsylvania (I'm also a backcountry explorer, rock climber, backpacker, and general outdoor nut). I needed boots that fit our company's professional image but still performed like a rugged wilderness hiking boot. I couldn't be more pleased with their performance and styling - I've used them in 18" of snow, 3" slush, 1" per hour rain, ice covered pavement, 15 degree F mornings, rough rocky trails for miles, and long no-trail approaches to remote bouldering areas. They are warm, surprisingly lightweight (compared to my all-star Montrail Torre GTX's - about 1/2 the weight), very dry, and took almost no time to break in to be comfortable all day long. I've received numerous compliments from my co-workers (highly unusual), and I've even worn them with a shirt, tie, and sportcoat when I took my wife out to dinner on New Year's Eve in freezing rain. I'm already planning to buy a second pair. I already owned a pair of Patagonia Huckleberry approach shoes, size 9.5, and sized these boots the same. The boots have stretched just a little bit, but not enough to make me wish I'd sized down. I highly recommend these for anyone.

                      Casual and rugged

                        These boots have a split personality- Comfy, soft leather uppers that I can wear for work with a burly Vibram outsole for getting there! The polartec fleece makes them pretty warm too...I am going to be set this winter!
                        Sure I am the rep but this is one of my favorites!

                        believe it.this BOOT is top quality(the shoelaces are kind of no frills).there is nothing i have tried that has been more comfortable and useful in snow/ice.sometimes i wish i needed a boot everyday.
                        though i wouldnt go out with a suit and tie in these,these are perfect casual looking boots that are very functional.

                        I'm going on a day hike up a 14er in...

                        I'm going on a day hike up a 14er in colorado and my trail shoes are shot. I have some redwing work boots that get me by in winter and nasty rain/mud, but I would never wear them hiking - too heavy. do you have a pair of these patagonia boots? this "day hike" will be at a pretty quick pace - you have to go up at 4 am and be back before storms hit in the mid afternoon.

                        how will/have these boots held up on fairly...

                        how will/have these boots held up on fairly intensive mountain hikes? Is this a good option or should I go with a more traditional hiking boot/shoe?

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                        As for waterproof-ness and material durability they would be fine. My only concern would be how much support you need/are used to while hiking. For day hikes these should work if your used to lightweight boots but I would be a little uneasy about big loads with these. If this helped please Thumbs Up. Thanks.

                        I'm going on a day hike up a 14er in colorado and my trail shoes are shot. I have some redwing work boots that get me by in winter and nasty rain/mud, but I would never wear them hiking - too heavy. do you have a pair of these patagonia boots? this "day hike" will be at a pretty quick pace - you have to go up at 4 am and be back before storms hit in the mid afternoon.

                        I was wondering if this boot is made for...

                        I was wondering if this boot is made for cold weather since it has fleece and wool lining? I am looking for a nice looking waterproof boot to take to Africa. It will be pretty hot there in July!

                        This boot is great because it's so versatile. I've seen it on the trails and I've seen it in the office. It's just got a classic look. It's not made specifically for winter weather, the polar-tech/merino lining is there primarily for comfort, but it you add a thick wool sock in the winter time, you will definitely be covered for warmth. I would use thin, wool sport socks with these in the summer.

                        Do these shoes fit true to size or do you...

                        Do these shoes fit true to size or do you need to go up 1/2 a size? Are they comfortable?