New Appalachian Trials Gear Review: Arc'teryx Bora² Mid GTX Hiking Boots

It isn’t often that I put on a pair of shoes and feel like I’m wearing a piece of cutting-edge technology. Humans have been protectively wrapping their feet in leather (and other dead animals) since we first stepped onto an overly-sharp pine cone. My go-to boot for the past few years—the Keen Targhee II Mid—has a reliable simplicity to it that, although undeniably comfortable and sturdy, feels like it is just a refined version of the same boots my ancestors wore.
When I strap on the Arc’teryx Bora² Mid GTX Hiking Boots, on the other hand, I feel as if I have stepped into a completely new phase of boot development.
That may seem a bit hyperbolic at first, but even a brief glimpse at the Bora² shows you that it is, at the very least, nowhere near your granddaddy’s boot.
And that’s a good thing.