Hands-on Gear Review

Compare approach shoes ratings side-by-side >

Patagonia Boaris - Men's Review


Approach Shoes - Men's

  • Currently 2.0/5
Overall avg rating 2.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: October 1, 2013
Street Price:   $100
Pros:  Made of recycled material and pigskin.
Cons:  Not sticky rubber, not comfortable on long hikes, below average durability.
Best Uses:  Urban adventures with the occasional trail outing.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 1 reviews
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ June 6, 2010  
The Patagonia Boaris is a skate-style shoe. It is made of pigskin and a number of recycled products. We found it to be a street shoe and definitely not for big hikes. For an urban style shoe we lean more toward the Five Ten Chase or for an all around shoe (street and trail) we recommend the Five Ten Guide Tennie or the Five Ten Camp Four that also performs on serious big wall style climbs.

Also check out our Editors' Choice award winner the La Sportiva Ganda, Best Buy winner Five Ten Guide Tennie and our complete Climbing Approach Shoe Review to see how they all compared.

Compare top rated competitors side-by-side >

  • Photos
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge

OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review


This is a comfortable shoe that works well on pavement. It is one of few shoes with a lifetime warranty and also one of few shoes made with recycled products. It's a shoe that is more about looks, the unique materials, and the fact much of it is recycled. It is for a outdoors person who mostly uses it for urban adventures but occasionally takes it on the trail.

A big part of Patagonia is the history, manufacturing process and philosophy behind their gear that is told in Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. Highly recommended reading.


After four months of hard use the stitching started to blow out around the laces and toe. Also, after about a mile of hiking on a trail they don't feel that comfortable. The rubber is not very sticky, which makes it not so ideal for slabby approaches on granite.

Patagonia Footprint Chronicles: Footwear Sourcing

Chris McNamara and Charlie Barrett

Compare this product side-by-side to top competitors >

OutdoorGearLab Member Reviews

Most recent review: October 1, 2013
Summary of All Ratings

OutdoorGearLab Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Average Customer Rating:     (0.0)

100% of 1 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
1 Total Ratings
5 star: 0%  (0)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 0%  (0)
2 star: 100%  (1)
1 star: 0%  (0)
Sort 1 member reviews by: Most Recent | Most Helpful
Write a Review on this Gear

Oct 1, 2013 - 01:31am
Just a note for viewers… The Boaris is NOT listed as an approach shoe through Patagonia. The Cragmaster is Patagonias' only approach shoe out to date. No idea why this is even in the running…

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Help other readers find the most helpful reviews
Was this review helpful to you? 

Have you used the Patagonia Boaris - Men's?
Don't hold back. Share your viewpoint by posting a review with your thoughts...

Write a Review on this Gear
Click to enlarge
Patagonia Boaris - Men's
Credit: Patagonia.com
Related Review
Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review

Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review

We looked at 13 of the best climbing approach shoes and put them through rigorous head to head tests.
Video video review
Helpful Buying Tips