APPLICATION: Patagonia Vagabond - Mike Curry
- I am pleased to submit the following application to test Patagonia
Vagabond shoes. I have read the requirements found in Chapter 5 of
the BGT Survival Guide, v. 0609, and will comply with these
PERSONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:
Name: Michael Curry
Height: 5'11" (1.8 m.)
Weight: 205 lbs. (93 kg.)
Email address: thefishguy@...
Residence: Aberdeen, Washington, USA
Additional Information: US Size 11.5, Color preference: #1
Black/Grey, #2 Dark Brown/Taupe
Note on sizing: I was unable to find a pair of Patagonia shoes
nearby that I could try on, but always have worn an 11 or 11.5 in
shoes and boots. If selected, the socks I will wear with the shoes
will depend on whether they run big or small.
My research shows that in 1996, Wolverine acquired the global
license to design and manufacture Patagonia footwear (see
http://www.wolverineworldwide.com/main_history.asp). Wolverine also
produces Hush Puppies and Merrell footwear (among others) and I have
owned several pairs of each and have always worn an 11.5 in both.
To be honest, I'm a person that has always had a hard time finding
footwear I find comfortable. I don't know if my feet are just
shaped differently than everyone else's, or if I'm overly-sensitive
in the feet, but it's hard for me to find shoes I find comfortable
for more than a few weeks. Usually problems occur for me because
the toe box is too cramped or the heel area is too wide.
I've been backpacking, climbing, ski-packing, bushwhacking, and
snowshoeing throughout Oregon and Washington for the last 25 years.
I'm an all-season, all terrain, off-trail kind of guy, but these
days (having small kids) most of my trips run on the shorter, saner
side of things, and tend to be in the temperate rainforest. While
I've carried packs in excess of 70 pounds (32 kilos), the older I
get the more minimalist I become, and now tend toward ultralight
tarp camping in most cases.
If selected, I will test these shoes on all my backpacking trips and
day hikes during the test period. I have several overnight,
weekend, and multi-day trips planned during the test period, and day-
hike with my family almost every weekend. In addition, come October
I will begin my fishing trips, which involve both day and overnight
trips about 3 times a month.
In addition to my usual haunts in the Olympic Mountains of
Washington, one trip the last week of this month is an 8 day
combination of car-camping, backpacking, and day hiking with my
family around Newberry Crater and the lavalands of Oregon.
Trips will involve camps from 4,800 ft (1463 m) to sea level, and
will range from good trail to off-trail scrambles in temperate
forest and subalpine areas. Anticipated weather would include high
temperatures ranging from 50-90 F (10-32 C) and overnight lows
ranging from 25-60 F (-4-16 C), with some dry days and lots of rainy
ones. My trips during this time will be a mix of lightweight tarp
camping and mid-weight trips.
Terrain will include a variety of surfaces including good rock
trail, mud, talus, dirt, mud, possibly some snow-covered trails, off-
trail rock and dirt, mud, and on my 8 day trip to central Oregon the
soles will be put to the ultimate abrasion test on pumice and
obsidian. Oh, did I mention mud???
In addition, these are shoes that I can wear to work, around the
house, etc., to better evaluate long-term wear and comfort.
There are a number of features of these shoes that I find intriguing
and appealing, and several I'd like to put to the test. I like the
fact that they are eco-friendly, but to be honest that's not
something that usually factors into my footwear decisions. My two
primary areas of evaluation will be all-around comfort (and since I
sleep with my boots close at hand, I consider odor a comfort issue!)
and waterproofness. Things I'd like to focus on evaluating during
the test period include:
*Comfort and fit: Do the shoes run true-to-size? Is the
advertised "full toe box" roomy enough for my piggies (this is
usually what makes or breaks a shoe's comfort for me)? Are the
medium width, arch, and instep comfortable? Is the Capilene lining
truly fast-wicking, quick-drying, and helpful in odor control? Do
they feel good on day trips? How about those long-distance days
under a pack? Is the ankle support and general stability adequate
for my off-trail trips? Do they breathe adequately in warm
weather? Is the weight of the shoes comfortable (it falls right in
between my ultralight summer shoes and my old-standby boots in a
weight range I've never used before)?
*Features: Is the lacing solid, and easy to adjust? Does
the "waterproof bootie" construction really keep my feet dry (this
is a big issue for me in the rain here where I'm often puddle-
jumping down the trail)? Does the "Air cushion compression molded
midsole" really "cradle the foot and provide cushioning," and if so,
how effectively? Does the air-cushioning disk in the midsole really
aid in heel stability? Is the synthetic cork footbed comfortable,
does it provide adequate support, cushioning, and stability, and
does the carbon component really seem to help with odor? Does the
Bi-Fit Dual Density insole board really provide support and
stability as advertised? Does the bellows tongue keep out debris
and water as advertised, and is it comfortable, or prone to bunching
up? Does the Vibram Ecostep sole provide solid traction on all the
surfaces I encounter, and can it hold up to the abrasive pumice and
razor-sharp obsidian of central Oregon? How well do the components
hold up to use, especially the cushioning components and protective
PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN REPORTS
My previous reviews can be found at
Field Testing White Sierra Trail Pants & Katadyn Backcountry Camp
OR Hydroseal Drycomp Airx sacks, OR Drycomp Summit Sack, Blue Desert
Thank you for your consideration!
END OF APPLICATION
- I had the same problem. I got in touch with REI as they were listed, but it turns out they do not carry the Vagabond. I contacted City Sports the other outlet listed and although they carry Patagonia products close by, the Vagabond is not available locally.
I have a hard time finding a good fit.
Personal observation, if I can stand on a narrow rung ladder painting for at least 4 hours without discomfort, these boots have been good hiking boots.
"Mike C." <thefishguy@...> wrote:
> I suspect the need to try on a pair (or similar model)be
> has hindered a few from applying but whith shoes/boots this will
> pretty much the way things work from now on (that's an educatedCoy,
> guess ).
That was the problem for me . . . I couldn't find anyone within an
hour an a half of here that carried them (one of the few drawbacks
of living in the boonies!). I'm hesitant to try on a different pair
of Patagonia shoes since they probabably use several different lasts
for their shoes.
I humbly submit to the powers that be an idea: might it be possible
to ask manufacturers what other model shoes they produces that are
built on the same lasts (for the sake of finding the right fit)?
This might be especially helpful when a product is new, and perhaps
not readily available yet.
Just a thought . . . I'm not sure it's feasible, but thought I'd
throw it out there . . .
email address pla63@...
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Please see the note I posted back to Coy and the group. Knowing that
you have tried on other Patagonia products goes a long way to persuade
me that the shoes will fit.
> I had the same problem. I got in touch with REI as they were listed,
> but it turns out they do not carry the Vagabond. I contacted City
> Sports the other outlet listed and although they carry Patagonia
> products close by, the Vagabond is not available locally.
> I have a hard time finding a good fit.
> Personal observation, if I can stand on a narrow rung ladder painting
> for at least 4 hours without discomfort, these boots have been good
> hiking boots.
> "Mike C." <thefishguy@... <mailto:thefishguy%40hotmail.com>>
> > I suspect the need to try on a pair (or similar model)
> > has hindered a few from applying but whith shoes/boots this will
> > pretty much the way things work from now on (that's an educated
> > guess ).
> That was the problem for me . . . I couldn't find anyone within an
> hour an a half of here that carried them (one of the few drawbacks
> of living in the boonies!). I'm hesitant to try on a different pair
> of Patagonia shoes since they probabably use several different lasts
> for their shoes.
> I humbly submit to the powers that be an idea: might it be possible
> to ask manufacturers what other model shoes they produces that are
> built on the same lasts (for the sake of finding the right fit)?
> This might be especially helpful when a product is new, and perhaps
> not readily available yet.
> Just a thought . . . I'm not sure it's feasible, but thought I'd
> throw it out there . . .
> Mike C.
> email address pla63@... <mailto:pla63%40alumni.neu.edu>
> Sick sense of humor? Visit Yahoo! TV's Comedy with an Edge to see
> what's on, when.
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