Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Ever since I received the Obõz Beartooth Bdry boots, I’ve been waiting to give them a fully rugged, wet terrain evaluation. So while the rains began pouring down into the Tonto Basin region of Arizona this weekend, I decided this was the perfect time to check them out thoroughly. Although I only trekked about 5 miles (8 km), the terrain I chose was extremely rugged and off-trail. I chose to Trek Mt. Pinter, a very difficult, steep, and mixed terrain location. Butcher Jones Trail to Mt. Pinter will take a pounding on any pair of hiking boots and is a great place to finally see whether the boots you purchased will stand up to the Arizona terrain.
Company Description – Made in the USA, Montana
We found the intersection of burly and buttery in the Beartooth: glove leather lining, BFit lacing that locks your heel in without instep pressure, full length molded shank to support and protect your feet, molded rubber toe and heel caps, metal hardware, BDry waterproof/breathable lining, traction to spare.
|Sizing||8-12, 13, 14|
|Weight||M9: 30.7 oz|
My Experience on the Trail
Good traction! One very important feature I am looking for while blazing through a trail is a boot with excellent traction. Vibram brand soles are the leader in amazing traction and durability, and though these soles are not Vibram, the grip on wet rocks, mud and mixed terrain were quite impressive.
The boots are incredibly comfortable and fit like a glove once you slide your feet into them. The laces tie up fairly easy and have a pull/lock feature that I really am starting to like. On lower level flat hiking trails the boots do not feel awkward or heavy. Because of the high quality materials, they are waterproof and are very breathable. The boots never felt bulky, uncomfortable, or too warm at any time.
The rain began coming down heavy at times, and with off-trail terrain like the image above that was steep and slippery, making my way up through tight spots, I found the boots worked out very well. At times, I would jump from wet rock to wet rock and felt very confident in the Obõz Beartooth Bdry boots.
The Rubber Toe Guard
One of the best features of the Obõz boots is the rubber molded toe guard generously covering the top portion of the toe. This is extremely important when trekking in rough terrain and harsh environments. Since owning a pair of Full Leather Asolo boots, the toes are already scratched and gouged up on top of the toe areas. Don’t get me wrong, the Asolo have tackled the extremes of Mt. Pinter, but the Obõz seem like they will protect longer on sharp rocky ground. My only concern is the bottom tread; I’ve heard reports that the Obõz soles are lasting about three years of continuous use, but the Vibram soles will go about 5 years… but time and real world trekking will only tell.
After 5 miles of rigorous climbing, I noticed a slight pressure coming from one rivet on my right foot. See image above. I have always had trouble getting boots fitted for me since my right foot is a half size shorter. This unfortunately results in more play in one boot than the other. My concern is how will the pressure hold up after 15 miles of trekking?
The Water Test
I don’t normally slosh around in puddles, but I did in the Obõz to test the waterproof feature of the materials. It worked out great… no seepage whatsoever and my feet including my wool socks remained dry.
Hiking steep inclines on both rocky and smooth terrain went well. The only caveat was sidestepping down sharp inclines the Obõz man made materials gave a little play in support. Not as stiff and secure as the Asolo’s boots, but gladly held up well didn’t collapse under rugged side pressures.
The Obõz Beartooth Bdry boots have a combination of metal and synthetic lacing hooks. The locations as to where the laces are on the synthetic portion are questionable to me. Since on many occasions I tend to traverse on cliffs and dry rugged desert rock, I am hoping the material won’t get frayed, scraped or sliced. I would have preferred an all metal lacing apparatus.
I am impressed with the Obõz Beartooth Bdry Hiking Boots. A couple of minor issues I am skeptical about, but this pair of boots have a lot of great features. I don’t feel they will standup to multiple years of heavy duty tough terrain, but they are very comfortable and have solid confident footing on even the harshest and wettest terrain.
As one more positive thought, any Obõz purchased, their slogan “Trees for the Future,” a tree is planted around the globe.
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