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- Vibram sole
- Capilene lining made from recycled material wicks away moisture
- POLI-CORK 70% recycled open cell foam footbed with odor-absorbing carbon
- Patagonia Air Cushion Plus provides shock absorption
- Bi-Fit 80% post-consumer recycled waterproof insole board
- Medium width, full toe box, medium arch/instep
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- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 11.9 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- ASIN: B008FSJLG8
- Item model number: Drifter A/C 1-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 7, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Top Customer Reviews
This shoe strikes a very good balance between structure and comfort. It is as structured or more than a Merrel Chameleon, but much more comfortable. It isn't as soft and comfy as a Moab, but that shoe has no structure to speak of.
The Drifter has very good cushioning in the heel and the flex point up front hits my foot very comfortably. The heel is snug enough, with good room up front to let my foot move and my toes spread out under a load. Nothing rubs or feels too tight. Everything feels good while still getting way more than average structure in a low cut hiker with excellent traction.
Everybody's foot is a little different, so no shoe fits everyone. But if you want or need some structure but still want above average comfort, this shoes should be on your list for consideration.
Update: Wore these shoes for many hikes during a 3 week trip to the southwest. I usually carried 15-20 pounds of camera and other gear in a day pack. This included rocky, sandy, desert, mountain, and wet terrain. We did many miles on Utah slickrock, often in a rain or drizzle. Traction was outstanding, as was comfort. Never had a blister or hot spot, not so much as a rub. The shoes were so comfortable that when I wasn't hiking I was still wearing them. I can't say anything bad about them.
I used these shoes last summer for a two and a half month backpacking trip through Peru and Bolivia. These shoes went beyond what I expected. In Peru I did the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, The Santa Cruz Trek in Huaraz, Sand Boarded in Huacachina, and Blazed through Colca Canyon. In Bolivia I hiked around La Isla Del Sol, crossed Salar de Uyuni (dry), I explored the white city of Sucre, in La Paz I walked through witch markets and down the side of a building. During the whole trip I never had a single blister.
Initially I was worried that I should have bought the waterproof version. But I realized most of the regions I was visiting have little to no rainfall during the time I was going. The only time my shoes got super wet was when I tried to jump a muddy stream and sank right into what I thought was an island of dirt. If you find yourself in the same situation as me change your socks, and put grocery bags over them. My feet were water free and the shoes dried by the same time the next day.
More recently I visited Zion Canyon in Utah, and did both the East and West rim trails in two days. Still no blisters, I love these shoes.
"Weight on your feet will zap 4-6 times more energy than weight on your back. So, swapping that 4-pound pair of boots for a 1-pound pair of running shoes will be the energy saving equivalent of removing 12-18 pounds from your pack. Seriously? Seriously. It's science."
Quoted from the "CleverHiker" website ([...]), but I've found the same thing in other sources. I can't back this up with "science," but it seems logical.
So I thought for this summer hiking season I would try and find a pair of hikers that would be more comfortable in heat, but still sturdy enough so I wouldn't entirely lose the "monster truck" protection of backpacking boots that I like on the rocky trails. A lot of shoe companies are aware of this trend towards lightweight but supportive hikers and I think the Drifter AC is Patagonia's offering.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave them to my brother for Christmas last year. He wears them all the time and says they are very comfortable. Have held up very well. Recommend.Published 18 days ago by Jolyn K. Meehan
great upper shoe quality but sole wore out in 6 months. I returned them.Published 7 months ago by rich thorpe
Great shoes. High quality, nothing falling apart after several months of everyday wear. Also quite breathable.Published 7 months ago by Nick P.
These are the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn for hiking or even walking on flat ground. The balls of my feet will ache for days after wearing them for even a mile or 2... Read morePublished 9 months ago by AJ
First major test summer 2014. Longs Peak. Very comfortable. No blisters or black toenails. Very satisfiedPublished 11 months ago by Benjamin C See
These are good looking shoes, but run small. I wear a 14, but they don't make a 15. So I can't review the performance of the shoes.Published 13 months ago by Cameron C.