Patagonia Forerunner Quick Look | Win a Pair!

Patagonia Forerunners

I’m currently test driving a pair of Patagonia Forerunner trail running shoes as a potential candidate for an upcoming GORUCK Challenge that I am doing in June – more on that another time – so I thought I’d share some of my initial thoughts and impressions.

After just a few weeks of wearing the Forerunners I’m digging them. I’ve been wearing them for mostly road/hard surface running with some occasional trail runs. I have not had an opportunity to test their ability to drain after getting soaked from a stream or river crossing scenario – but I will be doing that soon.

Patagonia Forerunners

I liked the simplicity of the design of the Forerunners. They are not a hardcore minimal shoe, but they have very little in the way of unnecessary frills or features. With a 9mm heel and 5mm forefoot (4mm heel drop) I would not consider these to be a barefoot-style shoe, yet I like the amount of ground response I et wearing these.

Patagonia Forerunners

The Forerunners are true to size though slightly more narrow that I had expected and the toebox is not as large as I would like. Even with feet as flat as mine they are not uncomfortable, but I can feel them on the sides of my feet if I lace them too tight. I’ve found that I prefer to wear the Forerunners without socks, which surprised to me. There are no internal seams or edges that rub my bare feet – I don’t know of many other shoes I can honestly say that about. No blisters or hotspot so far.

Patagonia Forerunners

Anyway, I’ll be writing a more in-depth review of these in the coming weeks, but wanted to quickly give you all a heads up on two things related to Patagonia going on right now…

Firstly: PlanetShoes.com is running a promotion in partnership with Patagonia shoes to help support the Appalachian Mountain Club. from now thru April 2nd, for every pair of Patagonia shoes purchased via PlanetShoes.com they will make a donation of $10 to the Appalachian Mountain Club. If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes or already looking at the Patagonia brand check out PlanetShoes and see if you can help support the AMC as part of your purchase.

Secondly: PlanetShoes has very kindly offered to give away a brand new pair of Patagonia Forerunner shoes to one lucky reader of Brian’s Backpacking Blog as part of their ongoing promotion. To be eligible all you have to do is ‘like’ the PlanetShoes Facebook page and post the following message:

Thank you for supporting the Appalachian Mountain Club. Brian’s Backpacking Blog sent me :)

You must also leave a comment here, on this blog post, with your exact US shoe size – make sure you do both of these things to be eligible.

Patagonia Forerunners

A winner will be randomly picked from the list of messages posted on the PlanetShoes Facebook page at the end of the day on April 2nd. I will reach out to the lucky winner to help them get their Patagonia Forerunner shoes ordered. Good luck to everyone!


Giveaway Now Closed! Thank you to everyone who entered the Patagonia shoe giveaway, courtesy of my good friends at PlanetShoes.com – The winner, selected from all of the entries using Random.org, is… Mr. Tom Pitts from Arkansas! Congratulations to Tom and thanks again to everyone that participated and helped raise awareness of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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Disclosure: PlanetShoes.com provided Brian’s Backpacking Blog with a complementary pair of shoes for testing.

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  • http://twitter.com/gregdaynes Greg Daynes

    They look like pretty awesome shoes. Gonna have to check them out. (Men’s 11)

  • http://twitter.com/gregdaynes Greg Daynes

    They look like pretty awesome shoes. Gonna have to check them out. (Men’s 11)

  • Bryan Mondy

    How’s about a size 8? Yeah.. that’d be grrreat. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628543862 Chris Quick

    I’ve been looking for a new pair of trail runners, looks like a good shoe.  Thanks! (Men’s 10)

  • Ken Davis

    Nice looking shoe.  Exact shoe size US Men’s 9.5

  • Bryan Mondy

    How’s about a size 8? Yeah.. that’d be grrreat. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628543862 Chris Quick

    I’ve been looking for a new pair of trail runners, looks like a good shoe.  Thanks! (Men’s 10)

  • Ken Davis

    Nice looking shoe.  Exact shoe size US 9.5

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001509060021 Toaster Crisp

    Nice shoes. Size 12 Please. Thanks for the review!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001509060021 Toaster Crisp

    Nice shoes. Size 12 Please. Thanks for the review!

  • Greg

    Great looking shoes.  Men’s size 9.5

  • Ryan Wheeler

    I take a Men’s 12 in most shoe styles… but I’m not exactly sure how these would match up.

    These shoes look sweet, I’m curious about them. I’ll check them out for sure when I’m replacing my trail runners on my thru.

    The blue ones look wicked nice. Which is weird, because I’m usually more of a fan of green and grey.

  • Greg

    Great looking shoes.  Men’s size 9.5

  • Andrew Downie

    I love patagonia shoes, but I think someone else can probably use these more than I can, so I will forgo entering the contest.  I just recently got a pair of their Loulu shoes (well, a few months ago) and they are fantastic.  Lightweight, comfortable and they look good too…

  • Ryan Wheeler

    I take a Men’s 12.

    These shoes look sweet, I’m curious about them. I’ll check them out for sure when I’m replacing my trail runners on my thru.

  • Andrew Downie

    I love patagonia shoes, but I think someone else can probably use these more than I can, so I will forgo entering the contest.  I just recently got a pair of their Loulu shoes (well, a few months ago) and they are fantastic.  Lightweight, comfortable and they look good too…

  • Ryball

    Woohoo!  Men’s 10.5 puleeeeease!

  • Ryball

    Woohoo!  Men’s 10.5 puleeeeease!

  • Larryc44

    Nice!  Good review.  I wear a size 13 if I am fortunate enough to be the winner!

  • Larryc44

    Nice!  Good review.  I wear a size 13 if I am fortunate enough to be the winner!

  • Lauren Fye

    If I would win I would need someone to pick me up off the floor and a ladies size 6 please! :)

  • Lauren Fye

    If I would win I would need someone to pick me up off the floor and a ladies size 6 please! :)

  • PaulOsborn

    I’ve been eyeing some P26s from Patagonia, but would love to get more minimal in footwear. I’m a 10.5 Thanks Planet Shoes!

  • Tedholzem

    Always like to try new trail shoes.  Men’s Size 11.

  • Donald Phelps

    Love the style Men’s 10.5

  • http://twitter.com/bcoutdoor Paul Osborn

    I’ve been eyeing some P26s from Patagonia, but would love to get more minimal in footwear. I’m a 10.5 Thanks Planet Shoes!

  • Tedholzem

    Always like to try new trail shoes.  Men’s Size 11.

  • Donald Phelps

    Love the style Men’s 10.5

  • duckandcover

    Mens size 10.5, thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000127363649 Jordan Hipple

    i need new shoes before i plan my AT hike
    (mens 10.5)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000127363649 Jordan Hipple

    i need new shoes before i plan my AT hike
    (mens 10.5)

  • Di Fabio

    Perfect timing, I am in need of new trail shoes. Men’s Size 15

  • Di Fabio

    Perfect timing, I am in need of new trail shoes. Men’s Size 15

  • Scott Erwin

    Men’s Size 10.5

  • Scott Erwin

    Men’s Size 10.5

  • Trishstrata

    Love it! Women’s size 10

  • Trishstrata

    Love it! Women’s size 10

  • Peter Gulbranson

    Looks good. Men’s size 12

  • Peter Gulbranson

    Looks good. Men’s size 12

  • Devin McKinnon

     women’s 11

  • Devin McKinnon

     women’s 11

  • diane conover

    Thanks for such a great opportunity and for promoting such a good cause !!I am a size 6 1/2 Thanks again to @Brian’s Backpacking Blog and @PlanetShoes.com

  • diane conover

    Thanks for such a great opportunity and for promoting such a good cause !!I am a size 6 1/2 Thanks again to @Brian’s Backpacking Blog and @PlanetShoes.com

  • http://twitter.com/DavidECreech Wilderness Dave

    Looks nice, I like the 4mm drop.  What’s the weight on those? (BTW, size 11 if I win! )

  • http://twitter.com/DavidECreech David Creech

    Looks nice, I like the 4mm drop.  What’s the weight on those? (BTW, size 11 if I win! )

  • Paul Ensley

    I would like size 11.5 if I win please :)

  • Paul Ensley

    I would like size 11.5 if I win please :)

  • Rebecca

    Size 8 please! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  • Rebecca

    Size 8 please! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  • Chris Sussman

    Thanks for another great post. Men’s size 12 if I’m the fortunate one!

  • Chris Sussman

    Thanks for another great post. Men’s size 12 if I’m the fortunate one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eslammers Eric Lammers

    Didn’t realize you were so into running!!  I ran my first ultra last summer and loved the getting back on the trails aspect of running…  anyway, I’m typically a size 10.0 or 10.5 depending on how these run.  Looks like a great shoe and great review!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eslammers Eric Lammers

    Didn’t realize you were so into running!!  I ran my first ultra last summer and loved the getting back on the trails aspect of running…  anyway, I’m typically a size 10.0 or 10.5 depending on how these run.  Looks like a great shoe and great review!!

  • Jim

    Great looking shoe, (Mens size 9) please….Thanks Brian

  • Jim

    Great looking shoe, (Mens size 9) please….Thanks Brian

  • Trdsupragt

    These shoes look amazing! I’d love to have a pair. I wear a size 10

  • Trdsupragt

    These shoes look amazing! I’d love to have a pair. I wear a size 10

  • Lesley Kristeller

    Great looking shoes. Maybe I can bring them on my Maine RailTrail hike in may Women’s size 10 or men’s 8.5 if they don’t have women’s.
    Love your blog Brian!

  • Lesley Kristeller

    Great looking shoes. Maybe I can bring them on my Maine RailTrail hike in may Women’s size 10 or men’s 8.5 if they don’t have women’s.
    Love your blog Brian!

  • Dennis Ahl

    I wear mens size 9!  Like the review!!  Thanks

  • Dennis Ahl

    I wear mens size 9!  Like the review!!  Thanks

  • jason reed

    Men’s 10. Love patagonia gear.

  • andyr354

    Cool looking shoe.  I have been running in Brooks True Grit’s right now and like them.  Would be cool to try these out.  Mens 11
    Andy

  • http://twitter.com/willrun4fun Willrun4fun

    Cool looking shoe.  I have been running in Brooks True Grit’s right now and like them.  Would be cool to try these out.  Mens 11
    Andy

  • josiahB

    those look pretty cool, how heavy are they?

  • josiahB

    those look pretty cool, how heavy are they?

  • josiahB

    also im a size 13 mens

  • josiahB

    also im a size 13 mens

  • Clint Ausmus

    Men’s 9.5.  Thanks.

  • Clint Ausmus

    Men’s 9.5.  Thanks.

  • pam lee-miller

    thanks for the offer of such a great give away…I’m a ladies size 8…hope I am the winner

  • pam lee-miller

    thanks for the offer of such a great give away…I’m a ladies size 8…hope I am the winner

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01170001588399587166 Sugar Magnolia

    Those look awesome – LOVE Patagonia!

  • Jake Heide

    Nice looking shoe.  Exact shoe size US Men’s 9.5

  • Jake Heide

    Nice looking shoe.  Exact shoe size US Men’s 9.5

  • Nocajanel

    Great giveaway would be a great shoe to start the summer season with!SIZE 9.5 woman’s shoe

  • Nocajanel

    Great giveaway would be a great shoe to start the summer season with!SIZE 9.5 woman’s shoe

  • Jenny Kordick

    Women’s size 7.5! 

  • Jenny Kordick

    Women’s size 7.5! 

  • Peter talty

    Great blog. Thanks.
    Men’s 10.5

  • Peter talty

    Great blog. Thanks.
    Men’s 10.5

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamcolquhoun Wil Colquhoun

    Shoes look great.  Mens 11.

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamcolquhoun Wil Colquhoun

    Shoes look great.  Mens 11.

  • Corbin

    those are sweet!
    ps. i’m a size 13

  • Corbin

    those are sweet!
    ps. i’m a size 13

  • bill

    mens 11

  • bill

    mens 11

  • Laura L

    women’s size 7.5….really hope i win! good luck all! lmlynch2 at gmail dot com

  • Laura L

    women’s size 7.5….really hope i win! good luck all! lmlynch2 at gmail dot com

  • Gizmo Joe

    Men’s 9.5, Thanks for the opportunity to get some really nice footwear!!!

    • Joe Williams

      I just realized the importance of using my real name in this contest haha……..Joe Williams…..now if I do win you can match this up to my F.B. post.

  • Gizmo Joe

    Men’s 9.5, Thanks for the opportunity to get some really nice footwear!!!

  • Carol.W

    Wow, what a cool give away and awesome opportunity to be included. Thanks Brian and Plant shoes. Womens size 9.5

  • Carol.W

    Wow, what a cool give away and awesome opportunity to be included. Thanks Brian and Plant shoes. Womens size 9.5

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15508650 Josh Rubin

    Men’s 13 please!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15508650 Josh Rubin

    Men’s 13 please!!! 

  • http://thehikehouse.com/sedona-hiking-guide Sedona Guided Tours

    I like the simple design of these shoes as well. Great on the feet too.

  • http://thehikehouse.com/sedona-hiking-guide Sedona Guided Tours

    I like the simple design of these shoes as well. Great on the feet too.

  • http://twitter.com/samdelagrange Sam Delagrange

    Hey Brian, love the contest.

    I’d like to go for a run in these, they look so good and minimal compared to my worn out Asics.
    My size is a well filled Gent’s 10,5 :) (eur 44,5)

  • http://twitter.com/samdelagrange Sam Delagrange

    Hey Brian, love the contest.

    I’d like to go for a run in these, they look so good and minimal compared to my worn out Asics.
    My size is a well filled Gent’s 10,5 :) (eur 44,5)

  • ronda

    Fun and thanks. Women’s size 9.5

  • Richromas

    Great review.  Looking into “less” of a shoe.  Mens (8.5)

  • Richromas

    Great review.  Looking into “less” of a shoe.  Mens (8.5)

  • http://www.nivaun.com/ Tim Todd

    Looking for a good minimalist shoe for walking on pavement. This looks promising. Mens 10.

  • Tim Todd

    Looking for a good minimalist shoe for walking on pavement. This looks promising. Mens 10.

  • “grim take” (on fb)

    Size 8.5 Mens (US)

  • "grim take" (on fb)

    Size 8.5 Mens (US)

  • woodnthistle

    Looking for a new set-up for my daily dog walk, like the design, promo and Patagonia! (men’s US size 10) Thanks! 

  • woodnthistle

    Looking for a new set-up for my daily dog walk, like the design, promo and Patagonia! (men’s US size 10) Thanks! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravitz Evan Ravitz

    Look nice and light. I’m a men’s 11

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravitz Evan Ravitz

    Look nice and light. I’m a men’s 11

  • Jinny

    The article in the blog was great, they look so comfy and not at all clunky.  How about a cute pink or purple pair for me in a size 9??? Thanks.

  • Jinny

    The article in the blog was great, they look so comfy and not at all clunky.  How about a cute pink or purple pair for me in a size 9??? Thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15621228017197538944 David

    Have you tried the altra lone peaks?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360251556 Jim Crapia

    Great article.  I wear a mens 10.5, would love to try out a pair of these.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360251556 Jim Crapia

    Great article.  I wear a mens 10.5, would love to try out a pair of these.

  • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

    A few people have suggested the Altra Lone Peaks, I’ve been wearing a pair of those too for quite a while – review on those later :) http://flic.kr/p/buMyqg

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    A few people have suggested the Altra Lone Peaks, I’ve been wearing a pair of those too for quite a while – review on those later :) http://flic.kr/p/buMyqg

  • ABricker

    Could definitely use some new trail shoes.  Men’s size 9

  • ABricker

    Could definitely use some new trail shoes.  Men’s size 9

  • http://www.twitter.com/janwillembol Bulderdoos

    Nice! Size 9 for me.

  • http://hrxxlight.com Benjamin M.

    A nice lightweight shoe. I would need Men’s US size 14

  • http://hrxxlight.com/ Benjamin M.

    A nice lightweight shoe. I would need Men’s US size 14

  • Donmeredith74

    Dig it! Size 10.5

  • Donmeredith74

    Dig it! Size 10.5

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Mollet/528523868 Jonathan Mollet

    I’ve been needing a new pair of shoes. Size 11!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Mollet/528523868 Jonathan Mollet

    I’ve been needing a new pair of shoes. Size 11!

  • Tom Pitts

    I would love to try these in a size 10 – my feet are flat, but also narrow!

  • Tom Pitts

    I would love to try these in a size 10 – my feet are flat, but also narrow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeismycodename Mike Severson

    I am a men’s size 8. I got a pair of Five Fingers and have had some fit issues, anyone else get them a little too big? I am curious to know how to handle it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeismycodename Mike Severson

    I am a men’s size 8. I got a pair of Five Fingers and have had some fit issues, anyone else get them a little too big? I am curious to know how to handle it…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09771434378533510155 jeremyj73

    Awesome shoes and review size 10

  • http://www.facebook.com/john5 John R. Gallaspy V

    Id say a size 10.5 would work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john5 John R. Gallaspy V

    Id say a size 10.5 would work!

  • Simon Castanos

    I’d like to try these on my next trip to this waterfall. (size 9.5)

  • Simon Castanos

    I’d like to try these on my next trip to this waterfall. (size 9.5)

  • Grant Ritter

    nice giveaway! mens size 11 !

  • Grant Ritter

    nice giveaway! mens size 11 !

  • Thomas McDermott

    Cool!! Men 10.5!!

  • Thomas McDermott

    Cool!! Men 10.5!!

  • Rochelle

    I liked and left the comment on their wall https://www.facebook.com/planetshoes/posts/10150629675023247
     I wear woman’s size 9. Great shoes. Thanks!

  • Rochelle

    I liked and left the comment on their wall https://www.facebook.com/planetshoes/posts/10150629675023247
     I wear woman’s size 9. Great shoes. Thanks!

  • jowag88

    Pretty sweet! 10.5 mens

  • http://www.facebook.com/stu.back Stu Back

    Looks awesome!  Men’s 10.

  • jowag88

    Pretty sweet! 10.5 mens

  • http://www.facebook.com/stu.back Stu Back

    Looks awesome!  Men’s 10.

  • Tom R

    Thanks for the review.  Men’s 8

  • Tom R

    Thanks for the review.  Men’s 8

  • Kumayl Rashid

    Cool shoes!! Men’s 13 pls.

  • Kumayl Rashid

    Cool shoes!! Men’s 13 pls.

  • Jpmeadors

    Nice!  Men’s 11

  • Jpmeadors

    Nice!  Men’s 11

  • http://twitter.com/Rich_Kolb Rich Kolb

    I’m a Mens size 10, and I posted on their FB page

  • http://twitter.com/Rich_Kolb Rich Kolb

    I’m a Mens size 10, and I posted on their FB page

  • Liz

    I’m a women’s size 7, and I posted on their FB page

  • Liz

    I’m a women’s size 7, and I posted on their FB page

  • Jace Mullen

    Size 10 should work.

    Awesome blog!

  • Jace Mullen

    Size 10 should work.

    Awesome blog!

  • Paul

    Yo Brian, mens 9 here!
    Onnea Suomi! (Best of luck in Finland! According to Google translate)

  • Paul

    Yo Brian, mens 9 here!
    Onnea Suomi! (Best of luck in Finland! According to Google translate)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591032929 Shane Dorval

    These are so awesome!! (10 mens!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591032929 Shane Dorval

    These are so awesome!! (10 mens!)

  • http://www.onelungrunner.com onelungrunner

    I’m a size 12. Fore Runner looks like a nice shoe. Posted on FB under Philip W

  • http://www.onelungrunner.com/ onelungrunner

    I’m a size 12. Fore Runner looks like a nice shoe. Posted on FB under Philip W

  • http://danvalenza.tumblr.com/ Daniel Valenza

    These look great – not entirely a “bare foot shoe” but still very minimal.

    (Men’s US-9.5)

  • http://danvalenza.tumblr.com/ Daniel Valenza

    These look great – not entirely a “bare foot shoe” but still very minimal.

    (Men’s US-9.5)

  • suzy_bean

    Very nice-looking shoe. Women’s 5.

  • suzy_bean

    Very nice-looking shoe. Women’s 5.

  • Joe Williams

    I just realized the importance of using my real name in this contest haha……..Joe Williams…..now if I do win you can match this up to my F.B. post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Severson/1478241962 Walter Severson

    Just started event trail running …what a blast….regular shoes don’t cut it…gotta try a pair out mens 10.5

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Severson/1478241962 Walter Severson

    Just started event trail running …what a blast….regular shoes don’t cut it…gotta try a pair out mens 10.5

  • http://thecrosswordpuzzlemaker.net/ crossword maker

    Hm…They look nice…Surely will advise my husband to buy a pair;) He’s a running fan, you know!)))

  • Melinda Baites

    I love these. My boyfriend has bought a pair of Patagonia Forerunners and he is far more than satisfied. I think they are best for jogging and sports and the quality is good…Thanks for the review.
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  • Ian Vissers

    Men’s 10.5. I love the color.