For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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The Oboz Crest Low BDry offer one of the best values in a low-cut, waterproof-breathable shoe for dayhiking and lightweight backpacking.
If you want to support a little guy, Oboz’s footwear is a really viable option for great boots.
These shoes are tough.
In the conclusion of this Oboz Crest Low BDry Shoes for men review, I wish to stress again that these are shoes from a very reliable brand known for the quality of their products, so I can fully recommend them to anybody.
Don’t get me wrong, this really is a great shoe, and one that I will wear many times in the future. But if I see a tropical depression in the forecast for my weekend on the trail, I might go with a different shoe.
- The Crest Low BDry from Oboz has technologies which keep the foot dry and cool. Its Thru-Hiker Outsole is grippy and features the map of the north and south ends of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
- The BDry membrane of Oboz can endure varying outdoor conditions. Mud shedding guards, elastic heel strap and speed lacing system are the other features of the upper.
- The underfoot is powered by the O Fit insole and Thru-Hiker midsole. Both technologies render a cushy and supportive ride.
A hiking shoe that runs true to size, the Oboz Crest Low BDry is offered in men’s full and half sizes. It has a roomy forefoot and toe box, and its heel cup and midfoot region are form-hugging.
With a Thru-Hiker Outsole, this lightweight hiking shoe grips on virtually all kinds of terrain. The aggressive lugs bite on loose trails while still providing large ground contact. It grants secure footing even on slabby, granite surfaces.
The Thru-Hiker Midsole of the Oboz Crest Low BDry includes a lightweight and compression molded EVA. It has a nylon shank which stabilizes and grants flexibility. A layer of a PU plug is placed under the heel to maximize cushioning and impact resistance when carrying heavier packs. A 1 mm EVA super skin (ESS) is nestled under the forefoot to protect against protruding rocks.
The trademarked O Fit insole made of varying EVA densities has perforations on the top layer for ventilation. Low-density EVA pods are placed at the forefoot and heel region for a cushy and comfy ride. High-density EVA arch sets the foot in a neutral position while the heel cup improves support and cushioning.
Oboz uses their proprietary B-Dry membrane in the upper of the Crest Low BDry hiking shoe. Its components include a tape-sealed PU film cleatie, hydrophobic materials (synthetic leather and textile) and a moisture-wicking lining. This feature keeps the feet dry and fresh.
Mudguards are placed at the heel, toe and arch zones of the shoe so the upper can easily shed mud. An elastic retention strap is attached at the back of the shoe to keep the heel in place. The collar is cushioned to prevent blisters. Also, the hiking shoe features a speed lacing system for a quicker closure, assisted by a pull loop at the top of the tongue.