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The Men's Rover Approach Shoe by Patagonia Footwear is the ultimate ultralight shoe when your hikes go vertical. It's no longer just about getting to the top; it's about getting to the top faster than ever before. The innovative Rover combines a to-the-toe variable lacing system for improved footing and security for vertical endeavors and a roomier toe box for jarring descents and going longer. Abrasion-resistant air mesh and synthetic leather create a lightweight upper without sacrificing integrity or long-lasting structure, while the toe rand increases protection from trail hazards. The self-centering, gusseted tongue makes sure no gravel or other debris will work their way into the shoe

The Rover is purpose-built for comfort, with softer EVA and a cushioning wedge under the heel, and harder EVA and an ESS plate under the forefoot for protection from rocky trails. Likewise, the dual-zone Patagonia sticky rubber sole delivers extra grip and edging ability in the forefoot and toe areas and added durability and traction in the heel area. 

  • Air mesh and synthetic leather upper
  • Toe rand
  • Variable lacing system
  • Roomier toe box
  • Dual-density EVA midsole
  • ESS .8mm forefoot plate
  • 4mm drop
  • Patagonia Sticky Rubber outsole
  • Traction-focused pattern
  • Medium width, tapered last, light arch support

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Too weak

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

I love the idea of this shoe, but it simply doesn't hold up to real world use. I've put about 25 miles on these, mostly on scrambles and hikes in the Alps, and they've already fallen apart. The sticky rubber portion of the sole is already delaminating from the rest of the sole. Entire lugs have been ripped off. The front part of the sole, near the rand, is peeling back. This is the kind of wear I expect after a very hard year of use, not after a few trips. This is absolutely not the quality I've come to expect from Patagonia.

Although I've only put a few miles on them, I'm listing my familiarity as "put it through the wringer" because apparently my current light usage is plenty to destroy these shoes.


Comfortable Traction

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Some approach shoes offer phenomenal traction but just don't feel good on your feet. Not so with the Patagonia Rover.

These shoes have bomber traction on a wide range of rock. They also have useful edges and are sensitive enough to inspire the confidence to use them.

These are definitely a more minimal shoe - flexible and not very much cushioning. They offer plenty of room in the toebox, so that your feet never feel constrained.


Great shoe, Super Light!

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

I got these shoes as an alternative to my hiking shoes and the first thing I noticed was the weight difference! These things don't even weigh half as much as my Keens and fit way better. I have somewhat narrow feet and these wrap around them like a glove. Now, these are my first approach shoes so some people reading this may be thinking "duh" but for me it was a great change. Ventilation is great, my feet stay nice and dry in these shoes. For as little padding as these shoes have, they have a nice level of support in them. Would definitely recommend these shoes.


Excellent upto easy 5th

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

Since getting these I've worn them on a linkup of North Peak and Mt. Conness. Stick wonderfully on granite. The rock plate did it's job and my feet weren't sore after a LOOONG day. Climbed several pitches of easy 5th class, and the whole ridge was 3rd-4th and I never had any problems trusting them. Fit is excellent if you have average feet. Ventilate well.


Awesome Shoe!

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just picked these up last week and tried them out for the first time this past weekend on the Crawford Path in the lower portion of the Presidential Range. I was looking for a shoe that was lightweight that I could use on shorter trips instead of my heavier Salomons. They performed perfectly! They are super light and comfortable provide lots of grip for scrambling and down climbing. They held up nicely over the 16 mile hike, my plan is to take them out on longer multi day treks to see how well they hold up, given their awesome construction and support I don't see any indication that these will perform sub par on the longer trips.


Float through the mountains!

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

Unlike the ultra-runner Tarahumara Indians of the Sierra Madre range in Mexico - who run ridiculous distances with only primitive sandals on their feet, the Patagonia Rover provides strong approach support but at the minimalist weight.

Like the greek god Hermes, you can float through talus - rock hop through scrambling sections, and solo easy technical pitches with these low profile kicks.

I wore these shoes while backpacking through the coastal mountains of British Columbia - while lugging a 60 pound pack. While most may reach for a burlier pair of hiking boots, I found the Rover provided just the perfect amount of support and were not clunky allowing me to manage the terrain, even with the weight!

I've been consistently testing the toe box by vigorously kicking my tires each day. The shoe features harder rubber for technical climbing and to protect the front of the foot.

Shed more ounces, and feet more nimble - and Rove on!


In Depth Review

    Check this Blister Gear review for a thorough write-up

    Does everything

    Does everything

    Best multi use shoe I've ever owned. Runs great, scrambles up rocks even better.


    Excellent Shoes

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these about about a month ago and have about 100 miles on them. I use them everyday on gravel and dirt trails as well as root , rocky wet trails. I usually take a 10.5 or 11 shoe but went with 11.5 on these. They run a little small. These are very durable lightweight shoes. I will be using these in Costa Rica for hiking and in the Wind River range this September. I have scrambled around on rock a bit and they are very grippy . I usually wear them very loose but you can really tighten them down for the climbing stuff. I will review again after my Wind river trip as I will be doing glacier travel and crampons with them. So far so good anyway, I highly recommend if you like light light run / approach style shoes. Don't use running if your a heal striker

    Patagonia Rover - Gear of the Year!

    Patagonia Footwear just took the Gear of the Year award from Outside Magazine with this super versatile mountain shoe. This vid will is a short run down through it's core features.

    Backdoor Spin with the Rover

    Patagonia in-house photographer (and accomplished athlete) Jeff Johnson created an outdoor circuit to test some of the early prototypes and documented it. His ?selfie? really demonstrates the versatility of the Rover.