I've been wearing Pagagonia gear since Mr. C cut his first pair of shorts. Very tough company to beat when it comes to outdoor gear. And, while I've run thousands of trail miles in their Long Haul Trucker (now discontinued) shorts, tights (also discontinued), and capilene tops and socks, I have avoided their footwear. Nike, Salomon, Brooks, Vasque, etc. are all shoe companies, and - I figured - knew more about trail running shoes than Patagonia ever would.
And, I wear an odd sized shoe - 13 narrow. My heel is so narrow that I've never been able to wear loafers. They won't stay on my feet. With many companies moving away from narrow lasts, and often only going to size 12.5, I've come to stick with a few brands that I know will fit and last.
So, after reading that they run narrow, and thinking through the lacing system's seeming advantages, I bought a pair on BC. They are simply terrific. I've run only up to 13miles in the mountains, but they are the most comfortable shoe I own. Lighter than most of my shoes, they still provide all the support this heavy (185lbs) trail runner needs. I will stretch them out for longer runs soon, and feel confident they will continue to perform this well.
Today I went back to BC and bought the remaining 2 sales pair they had in my size. What a great surprise. If your foot is anthing like mine, and you have a good, normal gait, grab a pair before they are either discontinued, or imroved.