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Arc'teryx - Bora GTX Mid Backpacking Boot - Women's

Arc'teryx Bora GTX Mid Backpacking Boot - Women's

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$154.99 Original price:$280.00
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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
PU-coated yarns, TPU high-abrasion films, 3D molded heel and toe caps
Waterproofing:
stretch Gore-Tex
Lining:
Adaptive Fit liner
Closure:
laces with speed hooks
Footbed:
3D molded Ortholite
Midsole:
injected EVA, anatomical arch
Sole:
Vibram Arc'teryx Hiking
Shaft Height:
mid-height
Claimed Weight:
[single] 15.7oz
Recommended Use:
backkpacking, hiking, ultralight backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Bora GTX Mid Backpacking Boot

By combining the durability and support of a mountaineering boot with the flexible agility of an approach shoe, Arc'teryx created the Bora Mid GTX Backpacking Boot for your multi-day treks in the backcountry. Whether you're traversing technical terrain or approaching camp on a mellow single track, you'll appreciate the protection, support, and flexibility that the Bora provides. The innovative approach in the design of the shoe allows Arc'teryx to combine rugged, on-trail protection with a comfortable, flexible fit to keep you cruising through the miles day after day.

On one hand, you have a boot with the protection and support of a mountaineering boot. It features a single, unified, seamless upper that utilizes advanced textiles and thermolaminated construction to hold up to the rigors of the trail. A heel brake and mountaineering heel tread provide you with stability and tread when you're tackling rigorous terrain. And finally, a durable EVA midsole absorbs shock while providing you with precision stability for performance on the trail.

On the other hand, you have a boot with the flexibility and comfort of an approach shoe. The Bora employs a unique design with a separate shell and liner construction. This internal liner conforms to your foot for a custom fit that helps to eliminate irritation and hot spots. This liner also features a Gore-Tex membrane that can extend all the way to the top edge of the cuff to further increase waterproof, breathable protection when you're trekking in adverse conditions. Additionally, the unique design of the sole keeps the Bora agile while still adapting to shifting trail surfaces. Through a partnership with Vibram, Arc'teryx was able to engineer this sole that provides you with traction, durability, grip, and agility for your days spent on the trail.

  • Durable, supportive multi-day hiking boot with weather protection
  • Seamless upper is abrasion-resistant for on-trail performance
  • Separate shell and liner construction enhances fit and protection
  • Protective Gore-Tex membrane extends to top edge of the boot cuff
  • Adaptive Fit eliminate irritation and improves weather protection
  • 3D molded OrthoLite footbed provides support for long trail days
  • EVA midsole absorbs shock while providing stability as you hike
  • Vibram soles offer support and adapt to changing trail conditions

Worst footwear ever - Buy anything else

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

** I did not buy these boots from Backcountry and this review should not reflect negatively on them in anyway. Just want to save others the trouble.



TLDR:

Lacing lugs ripped off in about a week of hiking, rocks gashed holes through the sides of one boot by week 2. Arc’teryx left me high and dry (wet actually) after I emailed photos to customer service asking for a refund / repair / some kind of warranty. Totally ghosted. I eventually dropped the boots of to be repaired and again customer service did not acknowledge the photos I sent and was met with many more months of silence (this whole process took 1 year). Eventually their decision was that they could offer no repair and no refund, and I'm writing this review because they just shipped the ruined boots back to my door after I had asked them not to because they "no longer had space to hold on to them."



Full Review:

Worst footwear I've ever had may sound harsh, but compared to the expectations I had for a pair of Gore-Tex Arc'teryx boots I could not have been more let down. I don't take the time to write reviews often, but these unfortunately warrant that effort and I hope to issue other potential buyers a warning. Worst overall purchase I've ever made might be a more fitting description.

These would be ok rain boots to splash around puddles in New York City while you try to impress your Private Equity friends with the idea that you are outdoorsy. Any more activity than that and you will be very unhappy.



The Gore-Tex waterproofing of these boots did work. For about a week until there were holes in the boots. So yes, Gore-Tex is great, but Arc'teryx did a rough job of fashioning it into boots. I bought these boots in November 2018 (**not from Backcountry) for a backpacking trip in southern Chile / Argentina and essentially showed up with them brand new. About 4 days into my trek, a lacing lug ripped off the ankle area of one shoe (photo 1) so that I had to tie the laces around my ankle sort of like a hockey skate. That's annoying, I thought, but oh well not the worst, keep chugging. Two days later, the exact same thing happened to the other boot, same lacing lug gone. This sucks I thought, but hmm maybe something is wrong with the lugs here, maybe the epoxy was messed up or something, manufacturing issue, I don't know. The day after that, one more lace lug popped off. So in summary, 5 days of real hiking, 3 lacing lugs gone. I got back to town and took these photos and sent them to Arc'teryx saying "Hey, I just bought these boots 2-3 weeks ago, I've been on one trek and stuff is falling off already. I have proof of purchase, maybe there was a manufacturing issue, but I'd love a refund if possible to get some new shoes that I can use while on this trip in South America. If not, I can send them in when I get home hopefully to be repaired..." I got the automated response here is your dispute number blah blah someone from customer service is reviewing this, we'll get back to you.

Thinking this would be resolved soon, I headed out on my second short trek of the trip with both of my boots tied around the ankles like hockey skates. On the second day I was scrambling through some boulder field / scree field and I slipped and felt something bang the inside of my ankle / forefoot. I looked a down and sure enough a rock had cut right through the side of my boot, leaving a nice 3 inch gash in the laminate. Luckily it didn't cut my foot as well. Either way, I was definitely upset with the fact that my $242 boots (what I paid) were falling apart before my eyes. I got back to town, still no response from Arc'teryx, but in basically 8 days of hiking I had lost a bunch of lacing lugs and had a hole through the side of one boot rendering the waterproofing worthless. Beyond frustrated, I quite literally purchased the cheapest pair of trail runners I could find at a sports store there and used them as my hiking shoes for the remainder of 3 months in South America

Worst footwear ever - Buy anything else

Worst footwear ever - Buy anything else

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

** I did not buy these boots from Backcountry and this review should not reflect negatively on them in anyway. Just want to save others the trouble.



TLDR:

Lacing lugs ripped off in about a week of hiking, rocks gashed holes through the sides of one boot by week 2. Arc’teryx left me high and dry (wet actually) after I emailed photos to customer service asking for a refund / repair / some kind of warranty. Totally ghosted. I eventually dropped the boots of to be repaired and again customer service did not acknowledge the photos I sent and was met with many more months of silence (this whole process took 1 year). Eventually their decision was that they could offer no repair and no refund, and I'm writing this review because they just shipped the ruined boots back to my door after I had asked them not to because they "no longer had space to hold on to them."



Full Review:

Worst footwear I've ever had may sound harsh, but compared to the expectations I had for a pair of Gore-Tex Arc'teryx boots I could not have been more let down. I don't take the time to write reviews often, but these unfortunately warrant that effort and I hope to issue other potential buyers a warning. Worst overall purchase I've ever made might be a more fitting description.

These would be ok rain boots to splash around puddles in New York City while you try to impress your Private Equity friends with the idea that you are outdoorsy. Any more activity than that and you will be very unhappy.



The Gore-Tex waterproofing of these boots did work. For about a week until there were holes in the boots. So yes, Gore-Tex is great, but Arc'teryx did a rough job of fashioning it into boots. I bought these boots in November 2018 (**not from Backcountry) for a backpacking trip in southern Chile / Argentina and essentially showed up with them brand new. About 4 days into my trek, a lacing lug ripped off the ankle area of one shoe (photo 1) so that I had to tie the laces around my ankle sort of like a hockey skate. That's annoying, I thought, but oh well not the worst, keep chugging. Two days later, the exact same thing happened to the other boot, same lacing lug gone. This sucks I thought, but hmm maybe something is wrong with the lugs here, maybe the epoxy was messed up or something, manufacturing issue, I don't know. The day after that, one more lace lug popped off. So in summary, 5 days of real hiking, 3 lacing lugs gone. I got back to town and took these photos and sent them to Arc'teryx saying "Hey, I just bought these boots 2-3 weeks ago, I've been on one trek and stuff is falling off already. I have proof of purchase, maybe there was a manufacturing issue, but I'd love a refund if possible to get some new shoes that I can use while on this trip in South America. If not, I can send them in when I get home hopefully to be repaired..." I got the automated response here is your dispute number blah blah someone from customer service is reviewing this, we'll get back to you.

Thinking this would be resolved soon, I headed out on my second short trek of the trip with both of my boots tied around the ankles like hockey skates. On the second day I was scrambling through some boulder field / scree field and I slipped and felt something bang the inside of my ankle / forefoot. I looked a down and sure enough a rock had cut right through the side of my boot, leaving a nice 3 inch gash in the laminate. Luckily it didn't cut my foot as well. Either way, I was definitely upset with the fact that my $242 boots (what I paid) were falling apart before my eyes. I got back to town, still no response from Arc'teryx, but in basically 8 days of hiking I had lost a bunch of lacing lugs and had a hole through the side of one boot rendering the waterproofing worthless. Beyond frustrated, I quite literally purchased the cheapest pair of trail runners I could find at a sports store there and used them as my hiking shoes for the remainder of 3 months in South America

Worst footwear ever - Buy anything else

Love these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 6.5

I have used these for everything to day hikes to week-long backpacks. I have never had an issue with blisters, and they were comfortable from hike #1.
Pros - immediate comfort, no blisters compared to other hikers I've had in the past, great durability and wear.

Cons - Sometimes difficult to get the socks off after a long day. On one leg I did notice an indent from the ankle elastic of the sock.

sorry

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

i thought these would be perfect for my girlfriend, but they were too stiff and very hard for her to put on. the inner lining was very tight, and although they were all that i thought they would be, they just didn't work for her.

Hmm

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was so excited to get these for my girlfriend; however, I had to return them because of a few issues.

First of all she has very flat and tall feet (from all the years of dancing) so she was unable to comfortably fit into these. The Liner was too tight on her calf, and the shoe dug into her ankle. They would have been perfect if the liner could be removed (like in the mens) but it can't. So we returned the shoe.

A total bummer, hopefully the future models are a bit larger and have a removable liner.

Doesn't Work for High Arches

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This boot obviously works great for some feet. I had an insanely difficult time getting the boots on and then off. Exhausting! The inner boot is a pull on, so for those of us with high arches, the foot will not slip easily into the inner boot. Although I was able to do it, it took a lot of effort and bunched up my socks, so had to dig in there to straighten them out. Once on, they are very comfortable and supportive. Would have loved to try them out on the trail. One other problem is that the back seam of the inner boot runs up the back of the heel and achilles tendon. That was irritating just walking around inside the house. That would rub me raw after a few miles. So, if you don't have high arches and aren't sensitive to seam rubbing these might be great boots for you. Thank you Keary at Backcountry for great customer service in helping me figure out what was going on.

Light, agile, rugged, seriously!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots are super waterproof, used them in warm and winter conditions. They are light and agile feeling, but extremely rugged. I feel like my feet are monster trucks... gripping rock, stomping through shale, hopping boulders, or just burning up dirt trails in town. Barely had to break them in, any stiffness dissipates after just a couple of miles and they are good to go the distance.

Light, agile, rugged, seriously!

Impressed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 41 might have gotten away with a 40.5 which would be my regular size.

These boots were comfortable right out of the box. I took a trip to Vermont and did a lot of hiking. I didn't have time to break in these boots and was a little nervous about that but I found that they were great from day one. They fit well. I got a half size larger than normal because I read they run small but I don't think they really run that small and in hind sight wish I would have gotten 2 sizes to compare. These turned out fine as I always change out the insoles to accommodate my picky feet. I have bunions and a Morton's neuroma and had zero problems from either. I really liked how responsive the lacing was for the fit. Looser lacing meant for very comfortable wear when not on the trail and snugged up just made the boot hug your foot. No heel slip whatsoever. Downhill or uphill, no slipping around in the boots. The are very light weight and provide excellent support. The stride is very natural and sole grippy on wet rocks. They were waterproof in wet rainy conditions and, unlike my last gortex boots, my socks were completely dry at the end of the hikes every time! I'm very happy with my purchase and without hesitation would recommend these for any trails of any length.

I love wearing comfortable fit.


    I love wearing comfortable fit.

     I love wearing comfortable fit.

    How it was built

      Arc'teryx

      Footwear & Ski Boots
      US MENUS WOMENUKEUMONDOINSKI BOOT SOLE LENGTH
        5 3.5 36 22 8.66  
        5.5 4 36 2/3  22.5 8.86  
        6 4.5 37 1/3  23 9.06 255mm
        6.5 5 38  23.5 9.25
        7 5.5 38 2/3 24 9.45 265mm
        7.5 6 39 1/3 24.5 9.65
      7 8 6.5 40 25 9.84 275mm
      7.5 8.5 7 40 2/3 25.5 10.04
      8 9 7.5 41 1/3 26 10.24 285mm
      8.5 9.5 8 42 26.5 10.43
      9 10 8.5 42 2/3 27 10.63 295mm
      9.5 10.5 9 43 1/3 27.5 10.83
      10 11 9.5 44 28 11.02 305mm
      10.5 11.5 10 44 2/3 28.5 11.22
      11 12 10.5 45 1/3 29 11.42 315mm
      11.5   11 46 29.5 11.61
      12   11.5 46 2/3 30 11.81 325mm
      12.5   12 47 1/3 30.5 12.01
      13   12.5 48 31 12.2  
      13.5   13 48 2/3 31.5 12.4  
      14   13.5 49 1/3 32 12.6