Patagonia wins Outside Magazine award.

Patagonia has won Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year award in the trail running shoe category for the second time in four years for its go-anywhere trail shoe, the Rover. “It was simply the most versatile shoe we tested this year,” says Buyer’s Guide Editor Sam Moulton. By combining the best attributes of a minimalist trail running shoe with a variable lacing system and dual zone sticky rubber sole, the Rover blurs the lines between running, climbing and hiking.

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Patagonia has won Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year award in the trail running shoe category for the second time in four years for its go-anywhere trail shoe, the Rover. “It was simply the most versatile shoe we tested this year,” says Buyer’s Guide Editor Sam Moulton. By combining the best attributes of a minimalist trail running shoe with a variable lacing system and dual zone sticky rubber sole, the Rover blurs the lines between running, climbing and hiking.

A self-centering, stretch-gusseted tongue sheds debris, while a forefoot plate protects against rocks, and an abrasian-resistant air mesh and synthetic leather upper with a toe rand balances protection and lightweight breathability. The shoe also features Patagonia’s proprietory Nanotrak rubber: extra sticky rubber in the shallow tread of the forefoot grips smooth rock; more durable rubber in the deeper lugged heel offers durability and traction on loose surfaces. “A lot of shoes claim to be multi-sport shoes. The Rover really is,” Moulton says. 

 

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