When I saw the Patagonia Rover, I knew I had to try them. The Rovers are touted by Patagonia as a multi-sport shoe that combine attributes of a minimalist trail running shoe with mountain climbing performance. For me I wasn’t looking for a minimalist running shoe, because quite frankly, I have my favorite already known as the Patagonia Everlong. What I was looking for was a fast trail shoe that I could put on and go for a walk about with confidence. Unlike a lot of hiking boots, the Patagonia Rover is a very low profile shoe, making it really comfy to walk in.
Patagonia beefs up the shoe by adding a extra sticky rubber outsole to provide grip and protection at the same time. The toe area is completely protected with this same hard rubber that wraps around the front of the foot. When climbing and bounding over rocks the rubber out-soles grip extremely well mimicking a climbing shoe.
Patagonia Rover Comfort
Comfort is obtained in a few ways. The shoes employ a variable lacing system, allowing for a fully adjustable fit. In my case, my right foot is wider than my left, so I am able to adjust the shoes to my feet. There is an integrated 2mm footbed with a Dri-Lex® lining which provides temperature and moisture control. The stretch gusseted tongue keeps debris out.
Patagonia Rover – Overview
- Retail – $125
- Color Choice – Feather Grey Or Folios Green
- Size – 7 – 15
- Abrasion-resistant air mesh/synthetic leather upper with toe rand balances protection and lightweight breathability; self-centering, stretch gusseted tongue keeps debris out
- Variable lacing system allows for a fully adjustable fit for improved footing /comfort when ascending and descending; integrated 2mm footbed with Dri-Lex® lining provides temperature and moisture control
- Soft-flexing 4mm drop midsole provides natural foot strike; 20% recycled dual-density EVA (heel is softer; ball harder); heel wedge provides increased cushioning; .8mm forefoot ESS plate protects from rocks
- Patagonia extra sticky rubber outsole provides essential grip on a variety of terrain; climbing focused toe area for edging; traction-focused rear foot for loose surfaces
- Men’s Stack Height (heel/toe): 16mm/10.5mm; integrated footbed: 2mm; midsole: 9mm/5mm; sole: heel – 1.5mm web, 3.5mm lugs; toe- 1.5mm web, 2mm lugs
Construction: Strobel with integrated footbed
- 249 g (8.8 oz)
- Made in China.
Patagonia Rover – My Thoughts
Patagonia has made a fantastic outdoor adventure shoe in the Patagonia Rover. The shoe performs well over various terrain and is quite comfy in almost all types of conditions. I had the opportunity to wear them during a hard rain and my feet certainly got wet, but they didn’t slip or feel like they would have caused blisters.
Would I Run In The Rovers? I would say that would be a big no for me. Personally I think they are too stiff for my style of running and I would think for most people, the same would apply. As stated earlier Patagonia makes what I consider a much better running specific shoe called the Everlong. The Rover is the perfect walking companion and gym rat. Walking on slipper rocks doesn’t seem to be an issue with these as they seem to grip hard surfaces really well. If you like the feel climbing shoes, with a little less stiffness, you’re going to love the Patagonia Rover.
My only gripe with the Rover is that it is made in China. Patagonia should look into producing these shoes elsewhere.
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