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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Patagonia Karakoram Boot Review

Use and abuse this tough, low-cut, and lightweight boot by Patagonia.

by: Michael Lanza

Patagonia Karakoram (Julia Vandenoever)
Patagonia Karakoram (Julia Vandenoever)

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Tough and Versatile
Thrashing through thorny desert vegetation and abrasive rock on rough scrambles at Nevada's Red Rock Canyon can quickly trash shoes. But not these tough low-cuts: After three days of battling gnarly approach routes to the climbing crags, our tester reported, "My shoes still look new–except for being very, very dusty." Credit the tough, polyurethane-coated suede uppers and a rubber rand extending past the arch.

Quite supportive for its weight, the Karakoram held up when a tester lugged a 40-pound climbing pack, yet was very comfortable when he was striding on the trail. To-the-toes lacing and an outsole that's flush with the uppers give the shoe good sensitivity for edging and smearing. But choose it for cooler climates: The upper is only moderately breathable. Best for medium-volume, slightly wide feet. $110; 1 lb. 15 oz.

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Oct 04, 2010

MY left sole is cracked too :(.
Patagonia- uber piece of sh.t,
never never again !

Jan 06, 2010

Just step in a 1 centimeter deep puddle and my feet already wet,the moisture come from the sole !

Jan 06, 2010

Bought before a month Patagonia Karakoram Inca Gold from local store in Sofia,Bulgaria-120 euros.The store was not Patagonia dedicated-just a sport and hiking store with items from different brands.
I'm not pleased at all from Patagonia Karakoram- after walking a 50 meters in a thin snow- about 5 sm [2 inches] my feet are wet. The shoes got wet inside without digin them in the snow-just walking at path in the thin snow,the snow hasn't contact with upper leather-only sole and side rubber,I have no idea how the moisture come inside ,but it's a fact,big disappointment !
Ex me for my bad english.

Jun 15, 2009

I bought these shoe after reading the recommendatons. These shoes fit and feel great, but after exploring parks in London, the soles wore out and cracked. I have never had a shoe go so fast. They may need to do some work on them. Other than that I hate to through them in the bin.


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