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Patagonia Boaris - Men's Review

Patagonia Boaris - Men's
By: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Jun 6, 2010
Price:  $100 List
Pros:  Made of recycled material and pigskin.
Cons:  Not sticky rubber, not comfortable on long hikes, below average durability.
Manufacturer:   Patagonia

Our Verdict

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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.

Our Analysis and Test Results



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.


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.

Chris McNamara

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Oct 1, 2013 - 01:31am
David Andrews

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.

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