Patagonia Drifter GTX – Hiking Shoes: Reviews
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THE PERFECT TRAVEL HIKER
We didn’t pick this shoe because it’s good-looking enough to wear to dinner. We picked it because it performs just as well as the other light hikers we chose and you won’t look like a dork walking around downtown later that evening. The mid-sole of the all-leather Drifter is beefed up with boards and shanks, and the knobby Vibram sole braked well on steep descents. The combination
of the Capilene lining—yes, the same material in Patagonia’s classic base layers—and the waterproof Gore-Tex lining make the shoe feel warm, so it’s a great choice for hoofing it through snow and slush but not the desert. 1.3 lbs; patagonia.com