Patagonia Boaris 2.0 Review
In the past, if you were a true outdoorsy nature loving person, you would have a closet full of short sleeve and long sleeve plaid and flannel shirts. These days, we add to our wardrobe by switching out flip flops and hiking shoes for casual shoes from brands like Patagonia.
The Patagonia Boaris 2.0 is the 2nd iteration of the Patagonia Boaris which helped pave the way for outdoorsy casual shoes. The Boaris 2.0 is a mix between a low cut hiking shoe and a casual shoe that you would typically wear out on the weekends. It is a little more rugged looking than the sleek and fancy going out shoe and a little less rugged than the typical hiking shoe.
To start, the upper on the Boaris 2.0 is made from pigskin which is a tough durable material, think of a leather football except this shoe has a suede look and feel instead of being smooth and shiny. There are venting wholes on the side of the shoe because it can get pretty warm without any ventilation. That said, it can fight off a little bit of bad weather, but nothing too harsh. The inside of the upper is lined with a moisture wicking material that takes the sweat from your foot and socks and helps push it outside the shoe. The fit of the Boaris 2.0 has not changed from the original. The fit is a mix between a hiking shoe and a running shoe. You get the cushioning of a running shoe mixed with a small amount of rigidity of a hiking shoe.
The outsole of the Boaris 2.0 is made from Vibram which is the gold standard when it comes to rubber on shoes. The treads on these shoes provide plenty of traction is case you want to get out for a day hike. I personally like to keep these shoes for my around town shoes as I like to keep my casual shoes for around town, but it’s nice to know in case I am traveling and don’t have a pair of hiking shoes with me.
Overall, a fun casual shoe to keep you on the up and up with the outdoorsy in crowd.