Bruce wrote a review of Patagonia Footwear Drifter A/C GTX Hiking Shoe - Men's on November 22, 2011
I packed 15 miles on these the first day out of the box with no issues. On four Sierra trips, three in the Yosemite backcountry, so far they have kept my dogs clean and dry with the gtx and Mountain Hardware trail running gaiters. Grip is tight on creek crossings, snow, and steep slick rock. These were burly enough for xc and light enough for trail running. I read a review of the Drifter by a chick back east who used them for walking her dog and though wet grass. She thought they they were too western looking. The Drifter should dispel the Patagucci image. It is made for the rugged Sierra by a company about as far west as you can hike without paddling. Congrats to Patagonia for making the shoe I have been dreaming about for 40 years of backpacking.