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Oboz Wind River II BDry

rated 4 of 5 stars

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photo: Oboz Wind River II BDry backpacking boot

This review is for Wind River 2.

Pros

  • It fits
  • Stable
  • Ankle locked in
  • Gait normal (not overly stiff)

Cons

  • None yet

This review is about fit. I have a long arch, short wide toes, and measure out as a Brannock 12 C (close to a B). Oboz is advertised as a C width in the heel and a D width in the toes (unless you get a wide, in which case a C in the heel and a EEE width in the toes).

I found a very inexpensive (but new looking) used pair of Wind River 2s in 11.5 regular and they fit if I cranked down the laces, but then the top of my foot hurt. So I exchanged the stock Oboz footbed for a thicker one (a moldable Sole) to take up some room and I seem to have a good fitting boot.

I have read that the straps that hold the ankle in can get frayed which is worrisome because no idea if a cobbler can fix that. One solution is to wear gaiters to protect the straps. The fact that Oboz does not make shoes with those straps anymore makes me think they might be a bad idea.

They are waterproof. Lots of traction. Only been on 5-mile hikes so far. 

Background

Now have three pairs of Oboz, two pair Asolo, , one pair Alico, one Merrell

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: 39 dollars

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