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Rated 3 out of
Some call me Tim from
Better than some, worse than othersI wanted a new boot that had more room in the toes and good ankle support. This boot fit that bill, where almost all others available at the REI flagship store did not. The lacing system employed with this boot is unique in that it has a strap at the flex point that doubles back on itself to hold tension, even after you untie the laces. I like that it is secure and offers good ankle support. The problems I have noticed so far include the fact that the boots don't breathe very well, and the rubber on the front edges of the toes are starting to get torn up after only a few day hikes. I'm disappointed in the quality of the materials used. The goal of this purchase was to eliminate the blisters I was getting with my other boots. So far this has been accomplished, but I just can't say I'm happy with the product I ended up in, or that I would trust them for a big backpack trip.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of
Computer Man from
Oboz Wind River II BDry Hiking BootsThese boots are good quality and well made. They give great traction for hiking and backpacking. The only thing I would recommend against is wearing them while riding in a vehicle. The padding at the top restricts movement and in the vehicle, my legs began to get sensitive to the restricted movement. If you only wear them while backpacking or hiking, they will be fine. When you get to camp, you can loosen the shoelaces to make them more comfortable.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of
Easy break in, good tractionI bought these boots in anticipation for a trip to New Zealand hiking the Te Araroa trail there. I heard they had good traction on wet surfaces which was a big selling point. Before that trip I have had a chance to test them out. I have hiked around 80 miles in them so far and have been impressed. Hiking mostly in dry and dusty conditions in the Eastern Sierras but also crossing streams and hiking through wet weather these boots have held their own. They were comfortable to break in, only one hot spot on the front of the ankle where the break is. Going up and down passes these boots performed well. They didn't slip at all going downhill and the toe box was big enough that I never had issues with jamming. I submerged them in a number of streams to test their waterproofing and it seems they hold up well. Only had water in them one time like that which may have been due to my lacing. One time they did completely submerge and I had to dry them out. They dry out quickly for such a heavy duty boot. Although the other reviewers are correct in mentioning the boot's inability to breathe, trust that this will be the case with pretty much any truly waterproof boot. So far, I'm very impressed. The real test will be the 2,000 miles I'll try to put on them in a few months.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of
Great bootGot a pair of these the other day...the sizing seems to be a little small, glad I tried these on at a brick and mortar store or I would have had to send them back for a larger size...I always bring a pair of my own socks that I wear for hiking when I try on boots.
I hike five mornings a week in the desert near my home...I average about 500 miles a year...the soles start to get pretty worn at that point...the sharp rocks start to cut chunks out so I get a new pair every year...this is my third pair of Oboz...they are well made, fit well and are very durable...I have tried other brands like Vasque and they all lasted about the same amount of miles...the Oboz are stiffer in construction than the Vasque and I prefer that for additional ankle support...I went with a lighter weight boot last year and I am back to a sturdier boot for additional stability and comfort over big rocks...because I live in the desert I don't have a lot of experience with hiking in the wet but the few times I did, they kept my feet nice and dry.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 3 out of
Durability has been a plus. Comfort just so-so.I have the 1st model and have owned them about two years. My feet (10.5 D) are normally an easy fit for shoe length and width. They are durable. However, I don't think the fit was very comfortable compared to similar brands. Fit and feel are my highest criteria in purchasing and rating my shoes/boots. My recommendation is to buy them in person and definitely wear them around the store and indoors for a reasonable break-in period. If after a few days that still feel uncomfortable, return them. They are just OK for hiking, but you will feel the sharp stones on the bottom and sides. They offer good ankle support and the soles have worn well. They will also keep your feet warm and dry. I haven't had any issues with moisture penetration or sweaty feet using all types and thicknesses of socks. The B-Dry system works well for my feet.
Kudos to REI since these were my third pair within the first year of purchase. The first pair developed a painful burr hurting the top of my foot even with a thick sock. The second pair split right down the middle of the sole. Two years later, the third pair shows moderate wear on both of the soles, but I have used them for many hard surface miles on pavement. The breakdown has been about 20% trail hiking and 80% casual outdoor wear. I am not an employee or have a financial interest in any shoe company or retailer. Honestly, I am on the fence in whether to recommend them or not. Durability yes, comfort maybe.
Date published: 2014-04-13
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