We spent 5.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Professional reviewers were more than impressed with the Bora2 Mid GTX’s grip performance.
  • This Arc’teryx boot left experts astounded with its phenomenal waterproofing.
  • Comfort-wise, scores of owners found this gear undeniably exceptional. A couple of shoe critics among them attributed this high level of comfort to the boot’s removable liner.
  • Its highly protective shell amazed gear bloggers.
  • The Bora2 Mid GTX was applauded by expert reviewers for its ability to fence out debris.
  • Its liner was adored by footwear pundits for being completely removable and replaceable.
  • Seasoned critics loved the seamless, no-bunching design of the footgear’s inner boot.
  • The lightness of this hiker stoked several users.

5 reasons not to buy

  • About a handful of those who own this boot complained about its underwhelming breathability.
  • Gear testers were not too fond of the Bora2 Mid GTX’s towering price tag.
  • Breaking in this boot was a long and arduous process for some.
  • A very small percentage of wearers didn’t like the sole’s performance against pointy rocks, especially around the forefoot zone.
  • Someone who reviews outdoor footwear for a living found the Bora2 Mid GTX a bit too challenging to put on.

Bottom line

Hikers are bound to experience great comfort once they slip into the Bora2 Mid GTX’s cushy yet protective confines. Adventuring in it also opens up many possibilities as it a boot built with superb waterproofing and outstanding traction. Unfortunately, some might be put off by the issues surrounding its breathability and selling price. Overall, the Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX is competent enough to be considered a must-have. This boot, however, may not be for those who sweat a lot or those on a tight budget.


Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Price: $330
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Weight: Men: 19.8oz
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Brand: Arc'teryx
Technology: Gore-Tex
Colorways: Black
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86 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | The Boot Guy | | Level 3 expert

    This is a tool to allow you to really enjoy the outdoors and to not think about your feet once you have 'em on.

  • 85 / 100 | Barrabes | Level 1 expert

    This has its pros and cons, of course, depending on the kind of activity you choose. But overall, we can say it gives stability for general use but doesn't offer the level of support of a mountain boot when crossing a steep slope or in deep snow.

  • 90 / 100 | Wirecutter | | Level 3 expert

    The boots were impressively comfortable, we were able to break them in quickly, and the lacing system was exceptional (well-made lace locks secured the laces more tightly than on any other boot we tested). The major drawbacks were the price (at the time, they were 25 percent more expensive than the other boots we tested) and the waterproofing system.

  • 80 / 100 | Active Traveller | | Level 3 expert

    It may just be that the new concept of liner and boot needs a bit of time to get used to, but for now the jury is still out as far as we're concerned.

  • 60 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    While it is ahead of its time, it falls short of its competitors in many ways, the most important being its lack of breathability and narrow range of usefulness.

  • 90 / 100 | Outdoors Magic | | Level 2 expert

    Overall a neat, lightweight hiking and scrambling mid that performs impressive well albeit at a high-ish price.

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  • The Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX, the successor of the first-generation Bora Mid GTX, is a technical footgear made versatile enough for day hikes and long trips alike. It has a slightly stouter build than its predecessor, resulting in a small bump in its overall weight.
  • Returning to this new version is the boot’s sock-like inner liner. It is still elastic (especially around the cuff) and imbued with Gore-Tex’s waterproofing technology. However, unlike the one found in its older brother, this inner liner is completely removable.

The Bora2 Mid GTX is a mid-cut backpacking boot for men. Its generally true-to-size fit is intended for hikers with standard-width feet. Its sizing selection consists both of full and half sizes. The footwear’s speed lacing system provides a custom lockdown, while its tongueless Adaptive Fit liner offers a pressure-free, glove-like fit. Both the main boot and inner liner are engineered with pull tabs for easy on and off.

Arc’teryx partnered with Vibram to give the Bora2 Mid GTX a kind of outsole that provides adequate grip performance over different types of terrain. Its toothy protrusions (a.k.a. lugs) are engineered at opposing angles to help hikers claw into grainy or soft-soiled surfaces with relative ease. This heavy-duty layer also has a decent heel brake which endows the wearer with enough stopping power while going down slopes.

This Arc’teryx gear is capable of steadying the user’s balance with as much cushioning and shock absorption as possible thanks to its tapered midsole made of EVA. It is embedded with a plate-like implement called shank which bolsters the boot’s arch support. An Orthololite footbed sits snugly atop this stabilizing component for additional cushioning.

The main upper (or outer boot) of the Arc'teryx Bora2 Mid GTX is a seamless thermolaminated shell, while its removable liner—the Adaptive Fit—is made of air-permeable micromesh. The outer boot is reinforced with heel and toe caps for impact mitigation. Its upper shaft is also padded on the inside for extra comfort. The inner liner, on the other hand, is engineered with stretch Gore-Tex, making it both breathable and watertight.

Enabling wearers to set their desired fit in the Bora2 Mid GTX is the boot’s speed lacing system. It features open hooks for eyelets, making lace-ups conveniently quick.


Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.