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87 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | The Boot Guy

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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Updates to Arc'teryx Bora2 Mid GTX

  • 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.

Arc'teryx Bora2 Mid GTX size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.


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