Oboz Men’s Crest Low BDRY Shoe – Initial Review

The Oboz Crest Low Shoe is a waterproof, low-top hiking shoe. Designed for long miles on the trail, the shoe seems to almost be a hybrid between a hiking boot and trail running shoe. Below is my initial review and thoughts on the Oboz Crest Low hiking shoe.

About Oboz:

It’s important to know about the companies that you buy your gear from. Many of us love the outdoors because of its pristine beauty, and we look for gear manufactured by companies who feel the same way. You can find out a little bit more about Oboz by clicking here, but here are a few highlights that I found compelling about Oboz as a company:

  • Partnership with Trees for the Future: for every pair of shoes sold, a tree is planted.
  • Carbon Offset: all shoe shipments (and more) at Oboz have their carbon footprint offset through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
  • 280 hands: it takes 140 people to make every shoe that comes from Oboz. That’s pretty impressive in the manufacturing world and environment that we live in today.

Manufacturers sPecs:

  • MSRP: $150.00
  • Weight: 15.4 oz / 437 g (per single shoe)

bells and whistles:

  • Thru-Hiker Midsole: four separate layers help protect and keep feet comfortable
  • Mud Guards: located at the heel, toe, and arches.
  • “O Fit” Insole: Oboz’ specialized insole.
  • “B-Dry” Upper: Oboz’ “proprietary waterproofing system” claims to keep your feet dry while still being breathable and allowing sweat to escape.
  • Thru-Hiker Outsole: Described as “grippy enough for tough trails and durable enough to hold up for miles” the rubber bears the imprint of the north and south terminus trails of the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico.
  • Speed Lacing: special laces with a quick release clasp. Makes it easy to snug up and loosen the laces. Also, you don’t have to worry about your laces coming untied (the shoes do come with traditional shoe laces).

areas of focus for testing:

As I test the shoes out over the next few months, I will be paying special attention to some specific aspects of the Crest Low shoe:

  • Durability: does the shoe hold up to miles on the trail and outdoors?
  • Comfort: how to my feet feel after wearing the shoe?
  • True to its Word: does the shoe live up to all of its claims?
  • Utility: just how well does the shoe perform?

Planned usage:

  • Backpacking
  • Day hikes

initial Impressions:

I am excited to get out and on the trail in these shoes. Perhaps what I am most excited about is how the shoes are supposed to not only be waterproof, but breathable. Spring is here, but down here in the Southeast, summer isn’t far off. I enjoy backpacking in areas that offer vista views from mountain peaks, but loops that also often cross rivers and streams. The Crest Low BDry should be a great shoe for hikes and backpacking trips like these.

Thanks to Oboz and 4AllOutdoors for the chance to test out these shoes!

Kaleb R.