Who should buy the Oboz Wind River III BDry

The Oboz Wind River III BDry offering has the necessary qualities of backpacking boots. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is designed for wearers tackling challenging trails.
  • Prefer a waterproof boot and has an O Fit insole for additional cushioning.
  • Prefer a shoe that has visible modifications and is seen in the set of V-shaped lugs.

Oboz Wind River III BDry logo

Excellent traction

This mid-top backpacking boot from Oboz features the Wind River outsole. Its surface is filled with 4.5mm-deep lugs of various shapes—irregular in the middle and V-shaped along the lateral and medial sides. Triangular protrusions are also strategically placed. 

Oboz Wind River III BDry outsole

All of these are responsible for delivering traction to the user. Special patterns found on the front and back ends assist the wearer during uphill and downhill trails, respectively.

Oboz Wind River III BDry outsole 1.0

Flexible and supportive cushioning

The midsole unit has three components: a single-density EVA forefoot for cushioning, a cored-out PU heel pod for support (without the added bulk), and an asymmetrical TPU chassis for a firm yet flexible underfoot. 

Oboz Wind River III BDry midsole

Comfortable cushioning

Atop this element is the removable O Fit insole. It provides underfoot comfort, keeps a dry environment, and helps maintain the position of the foot inside the boot.

Oboz Wind River III BDry midsole 2.0

Waterproof and breathable

The upper of the Oboz Wind River III BDry is a combo of abrasion-resistant textile and waterproof nubuck leather. The vent panels are noticeably large to deliver breathability. A BDry PU bootie lines its interior, keeping it watertight. There is a molded rubber toe cap that serves as a shield and reinforcement.

Oboz Wind River III BDry upper

Easy to wear

The closure system features webbing eyelets, metal loops, and hooks. Fit management is made possible by the round lace that runs through them. There is a pull tab at the heel for on and off convenience.

Oboz Wind River III BDry laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 686g / Women 567g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Oboz

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.