As an ultralight backpacker for the last five years,…
Materials: Combination of nylon, polyester, recycled rubber and shock absorbent foam.
Use: Lightweight backpacking on diverse, rocky terrain.
Break-in Period: Very short, maybe a day or two.
Weight: 26 oz
Price Paid: about $120 with 2nd day shipping.
As an ultralight backpacker for the last five years, I have found the Finn shoes to be probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever hiked in. I wear a size 15, and Patagonia was among the very few manufacturers that supplied anything in a size 15 that met my preferences for weight, breathability and flexibility without being ridiculously expensive.
I completed a twelve-hour and nearly twenty mile day hike to the summit of Long's Peak in the Rocky Mountains wearing the Finn shoes and had nothing but sure-footedness between me and the boulder field. That was in late July 2007, when the shoes were relatively new.
Over a year and probably 500 trail miles later (plus everyday use) they are still in good enough condition to use for backpacking here at home in the Appalachians.
As is typical of everything I have bought from Patagonia, the Finn shoes are a top-quality and ecologically sensitive product that has exceeded my very high expectations in every respect.
This sturdy, lightweight hiking and approach shoe has a durable, breathable mesh upper and a Vibram EcoStep (30 percent recycled rubber) outsole with edging and smearing zones. A reinforced climbing rubber toe and an external counter allow for better purchase in crevices. The EVA foam midsole has 15 percent recycled content and the 70 percent recycled synthetic-cork footbed has a carbon component with antimicrobial qualities.