Our BFFs at Arc'teryx sent us a pair of their brand new Bora2 Mid GTX Hiking Boots. As always, we put them through a series of rigorous scientific tests to see what all the hype's about.
NO. 1: THE DROP TEST
With its four-layer outer shell construction, the Arc'teryx Bora2 Gore-Tex liner is fully waterproof with minimal seams to make sure your feet stay dry in any conditions. The liners are designed to sit higher on the leg simulating the effect of a mini gaiter offering additional protection above the cuff of the boot. Furthermore, by eliminating the tongue found in traditional footwear, the liner completely maximizes the waterproof surface area. But can it withstand the milky conditions of a bowl of cereal? Based on our results, we are confident to conclude that these boots are not only waterproof, but more importantly milk-proof.
NO. 2: THE STOMP TEST
With a spherical heel shape for improved braking and a Vibram hiking outsole with anti-slip lugs, the Arc'teryx Bora2 provides superb traction that will exceed your expectations of a high end technical hiking boot. To put these claims to the test, treading on cereal just seemed like the obvious thing to do. After hours of planning and intense dedication, we're proud to say that the outsole's large grippy lugs will have no problem trekking across rocky (or crunchy) terrain while providing precision stability.
NO. 3: THE BOWL TEST
The most notable feature of the Arc'teryx Bora2 is the fully-stretchable and removable Gore-Tex liner that's not only waterproof but extremely breathable. The stretch micro mesh liner, or "bootie" as some of the cools call it, is easily interchangeable for cleaning or swapping out for a insulated liner during the winter seasons. The liner acts as a buffer for your foot, reducing hot spots from friction and features its own rubberized sole to wear as camp shoes after a long day's hike. The soft stretch liner is so versatile we wanted to find out if it could also be used as a cereal bowl. Based on our test subject's reaction, it unfortunately failed as a bowl substitute.
Bottom line: If you want to reach the peak on your next backcountry off-trail hike in comfort and stability, you'll need Arc'teryx Bora2 Mid GTX Hiking Boots.
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