Price Paid: $89 on Ebay
Bought these shoes to replace some all leather Vasque Liberty boots.
These shoes are very lightweight and waterproof. The Goretex liners really do their job keeping your feet dry. The firm soles also keep your feet from getting tired on rocky trails.
The only downside is that they don't grip well on wet smooth surfaces like roots or boulders. I imagine that the stiff soles are the culprit.
Overall though, great shoes.
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The Patagonia Drifter is a low-top hiking shoe that's supportive enough to haul a pack and sporty enough to wear around town.
Combining the comfort of lower-cut shoe construction with the full panoply of supportive hiking-boot features, the Patagonia Drifter Hiking Shoe for Men has a water-resistant, full-grain leather upper with bellows tongue, a dual-density recycled olyethylene/polyurethane insole for lateral support on uneven terrain, and a Vibram(R) Ecostep(TM) lug outsole. An air-cushioning disk in the EVA foam midsole also helps heel stability. The synthetic-cork footbed has a carbon component with antimicrobial qualities; the fast-wicking, quick-drying Capilene(R) lining has natural odor control.
- Altrec Outdoors
The Drifter combines the comfort of lower-cut shoe construction with the full panoply of supportive hiking-boot features: a water-resistant, full-grain leather upper with bellows tongue, a dual-density recycled polyethylene/polyurethane insole for lateral support on uneven terrain, and a Vibram(R) Ecostep(R) (up to 30% recycled rubber) lug outsole. An air-cushioning disk in the EVA foam midsole (15% recycled) also helps heel stability. The synthetic-cork footbed (70% recycled) has a carbon component with antimicrobial qualities; the fast-wicking, quick-drying Capilene(R) lining has natural odor control. The leather meets Leather Working Group standards for environmental stewardship.
The Patagonia Men's Drifter Shoe proves that environmentally conscious footwear can range far beyond your yoga instructor's hemp sandals. This low-top sneaker possesses all the features of a technical light hiking shoe, like an aggressive Vibram outsole, full-grain leather upper, bellows tongue, and anatomically correct footbed, but the Drifter has another side to boast about as well. The outsole is recycled Vibram Ecostep, the leather is tanned using sustainable, non-polluting processes, and that support you're feeling underfoot is a 70% recycled synthetic cork insert. The Drifter's lining even plays a part with odor-resistant Patagonia Capilene to keep your foot dry and comfortable.