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- The Oxo GT offers a good amount of ankle support as a sturdy over-the-ankle leather boot. It comes equipped for the changing weather thanks to the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort technology engineered within its main bootie.
- This Haglöfs boot has its midsole imbued with FluidRide technology. It is an Asics-developed tech that uses a two-part midsole, both having different densities to give pack-carrying users a blend of cushioning, stability, and rebound.
- Another Asics technology is seen on the underside of the boot, a.k.a the outsole. Called the Ahar Plus, this grippy layer is solidly built for heavy-duty use.
Haglöfs’ Oxo GT is a generally true-to-size, mid-cut backpacking boot for men and women. It is offered in half and full sizes in regular width. Its speed lace-up closure with lace locking system enables users to set the boot’s fit with two different lace configurations. The padded collar and tongue, on the other hand, provide a comfy environment for the trekker’s ankle and instep.
To help backpackers traverse slippery and uneven terrain safely, the Oxo GT has been equipped with an Asics outsole, called Ahar Plus. It is imbued with a special kind of sponge that resists abrasions, therefore giving the outsole better longevity. Its low-profile lugs claw into mostly soft-soiled surfaces, allowing wearers to reach heights and depths without losing their footing. The geometry of these lugs leaves room for self-cleaning grooves which enable the outsole to shed mud and dirt as the boot flexes during transitions.
The Haglöfs Oxo GT has a dual-layered midsole for stability and underfoot protection. FluidRide, the Asics technology behind it, is the combination of two layers: SpevaFoam at the top for rebound and Solyte at the bottom for shock absorption and cushioning. These two are both made of durable yet lightweight sponge material. Its heel zone is embedded with GEL—an Asics insert that improves the midsole’s shock absorbency. What grants wearers enhanced stability and torsion control, on the other hand, is the combined effort of the boot’s heel stabilizers and TPU Trustic chassis.
Extra underfoot cushioning is courtesy of Haglöfs’ Custom Comfort footbed. It also offers additional support and shock mitigation.
Water-repellent oiled nubuck leather, with a thickness ranging from 1.4 to 1.6 millimeters, makes up almost the entirety of the Oxo GT’s ankle-supportive upper. It is engineered with a gusseted tongue to prevent debris from entering the boot. It promises to shield the foot from most types of watery elements, all the while keeping the interior well ventilated with its Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner. In addition to waterproofing, the upper also has decent toe protection thanks to the rubber rand covering a good portion of the boot’s forefoot zone.
The Oxo GT’s lacing system consists of combination eyelets and synthetic laces. Haglöfs engineers opted for open hooks at the top to speed up the lacing process for backpackers.
- The boot’s leather upper underwent a fluorocarbon-free water repellency process. Most of the time, Fluorocarbon is needed to make textiles water repellent; however, its creation also produces harmful carcinogens.