Forsake Patch Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Patch is a good-looking leather boot, but unfortunately, they look better than they feel. At first, we thought that these leather boots just needed some time to break in — our lead tester often gets hotspots on the wide part of her foot when breaking in new boots — but as time went on, these boots didn't get any more comfortable. Perhaps for folks with a narrower foot, the Patch would be a sufficiently comfortable boot, but for us, they were too narrow and didn't provide enough cushion underfoot to wear for long periods of time. Additionally, the all-leather upper made our feet feel stuffy and hot, even when the weather was cool. The lack of breathability also contributed to their overall low score in the comfort metric.
Typically, a boot that struggles in the comfort metric also has shortcomings in terms of support, and the Patch is no exception. These boots are not necessarily designed for long, mountainous hikes, but we found that even days around town put a toll on our feet in these boots. Their composite shank doesn't provide the same level of stability and support underfoot as many of our other favorite women's hiking boots. Most notably, the boots flex a lot in the forefoot, which makes them feel floppy and made our feet feel tired when walking uphill.
Made with Forsake's Peak-to-Pavement proprietary rubber, the Patch did not impress us regarding traction. They're fine for low-angle, mellow walks around town but didn't do great on loose gravel or steep terrain. They lack the lugs and aggressive tread pattern that would allow them to stick to more technical surfaces.
Here, the Patch's all-leather uppers impressed us. The leather uppers, reinforced seams, and waterproof membrane made the Patch withstand full submersion into water. The tongue is made from a water-resistant textile, which was the weakest link in terms of the waterproof barrier, but even still, the Patch did great in wet conditions by not allowing any water in through this area.
Compared to other leather boots with a classic design, the Patch is an impressively lightweight boot. These boots do not have the clunky, heavy feel that has been a complaint of ours with this style boot in the past. They actually felt quite light on our feet, which probably comes from the fact that the midsole is so minimal. These boots weighed in at well under two pounds, comparable to the lighter boots with mesh uppers in this review.
Boots will all-leather uppers typically have a higher level of durability than synthetic boots, and the Patch is no exception. These boots are well-made, and we saw no signs of wear during our test period. Online reviews mention a few cases of the leather and suede scuffing, but this is to be expected with use.
Should You Buy the Forsake Patch?
As a stylish, well-made hiking boot that can perform on mellow hikes while still looking good on the street, the Forsake Patch is a winner. However, our testers feel that this is more of a "lifestyle" boot that isn't designed for long hikes or rugged missions into the backcountry, so be aware of what your intentions are when purchasing these boots.
What Other Hiking Boots Should You Consider?
If you want a stylish boot that can hold its own on the trail, check out the Oboz Sapphire Mid. For backpacking trips or missions deeper into the backcountry, our favorite recommendation is the Editors' choice winning Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid.
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