Patagonia P26 Mid
Source: received it as a personal gift
Super lightweight and the most comfortable/supportive trail boot I've worn. Definitely the choice for multi-day backpackers.
- Vibram outsole
- Super comfortable
- Adhesive toe bumper
- Lace hooks feel weak
I got these boots as a gift and am immensely impressed with them. They are true to size and fit a wider foot such as mine very comfortably.
The only downfall that I can see in this boot is that the lacing system could use improvement. These boots use a combination of webbing, which works just fine and reduces weight, and hooks. The hooks have a unique "bit" in them that pinches down on the lace so that they don't loosen. It's a thoughtful idea, but this also means that you can't run the laces through the hooks and then cinch them down tighter after the fact. I also worry that the hooks are going to blow out of the leather, it seems like they may be working up to do that.
I did not get the waterproof Gore-Tex lined version, but the top grain leather upper model does a fine job keeping out mild moisture. The Vibram soles provide plenty of traction and the EVA foot bet provides tons of cushion and support. I'm breaking them in now as I intend to take them on a 400-mile desert hike.
I posted a hiking boot Q&A on the Trailspace gear forum and after careful consideration of the information I got there settled on these bad boys! Thanks, Trailspace!
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A waterproof/breathable backpacking boot for moderate loads, the Patagonia P26 Mid A/C Hiking Boots combine the lightweight flexibility of a running shoe with a supportive hiking boot upper.
- EMS refers to the men's version
If solitude is what you seek, pull on the P26 Mid and set your sights on GranitePeak by way of Mystic Lake The ultralightweight backpacking/hiking boot is madefrom durable, top grain, waterproof leather and has a breathable, fast-drying polyester mesh lining and collar A super lightweight TPU Arch Shank offers protection underfoot, and the Deep Dish Helium Light EVA footframe and built-in shock distribution plate provide rearfoot stability without sacrificing forefoot flexibility A Vibram P26 rubber sole lends maximum durability, stability and traction
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
The Patagonia P26 Mid Men's boot is an ultralight weight backpacking boot made from durable top grain waterproof leather. The Dri-Lex Eco Camo mesh lining and collar are highly breathable and dry quickly. A week of uninterrupted trail time with the P26 Mid will have you convinced that you can never take things too lightly. Super lightweight TPU arch shank offers support and protection underfoot. Deep Dish Helium Light EVA footframe and built-in shock distribution plate provide rearfoot stability without sacrificing forefoot flexibility. Vibram Ecostep P26 dual-density rubber sole with 50% recycled and TC5+ combined rubber lends maximum braking, stability and traction. The boot has a semi-curved last, medium width, medium arch support and a performance fit.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Ultra light and ready for your next backpacking adventure, the Patagonia Men's P26 Mid Hiking Boot will keep you in waterproof, supportive comfort no matter how long the trek. The highly breathable Dri-Lex Eco Camo mesh lining dries quickly so your feet stay dry and cool while the built-in shock distribution plate provides rearfoot stability without sacrificing forefoot flexibility. Designed for maximum braking, stability and traction, the Patagonia P26 Mid Hiking Boots for men is ready for some uninterrupted trail time.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version