Do you enjoy the great outdoors, but still struggling to find a pair of hiking boots made to stand up to the challenge of the ever-changing terrain? You've arrived at the right place! The Men's Oboz Wind River III Waterproof Hiking Boots are ready for the trail with a durable, highly abrasion-resistant textile for long-term use. With a PU heel pod that provides lightweight support and the B-DRY waterproof fabric that keeps your feet dry, these shoes are not only designed for the outdoors they're made to make your outdoor experience even better. Even as the terrain can get a little rocky along the way, these hiking boots feature a rubber toe cap that keeps your feet protected.
Rubber toe cap protects your feet
PU heel pod provides lightweight support
B-DRY waterproof fabric keeps your feet dry
O FIT Insole™ molds to the shape of your feet
Highly abrasion-resistant textile for long-term use
EVA single-density midsole offers cushion and support
Unmatched purpose-designed technology for an ideal fit
I had a weekend trip come up at the last minute and had been needing to replace my boots. Went to REI and Oboz was highly recommended, although I'd had no experience with them. Tried on a few pairs from them and competitors and the Wind River 3 were the best fit. Headed out the next morning and expected blisters since the boots weren't broken in at all. They were amazing. 16 miles the first day and 6 the next, with a pack, some heavy boulder scrambling and in/out of a streams. Not one single hotspot, no leaks, and they were comfortable the whole time. Thank you!
I spent about 2 hours trying on boots at the local retailer, and could not find anything that felt more comfortable. This boot is tight, but not squeezing, it is sturdy, but not rigid, it breaks in well and fast without problem, and after tromping through a vernal pool last night, I can tell you it is solidly waterproof. I switched to Oboz from Keen after my keens kept falling apart too quickly, so I am hoping these will work well. They have so far kept me warm in 10 degree temps, and I have also been wearing them on much warmer day hikes. I have had them for about a month with no complaints.
Something interesting... When I was trying on boots I was trying on 9s and 10s, and apparently my feet have become almost considered "wide" by the footwear specialist at REI. Although with other shoes I am a 9-10 (10 with Keens) the Oboz that fit me are a 10.5, so they run a little small.
I have a 12-B width foot and usually have problems finding shoes that fit well; the heel and ankle flop around while the toes get squeezed. The 12D Wind River III fits extremely well. The fit of the Wind River III is even better than that on the Firebrand II, which is very good for my narrow foot. The heel and midfoot are comfortably snug without lashing-down while there is comfortable toe room. Plus, the volume of the boot is tight-fitting - meaning overall the boot is comfortably snug. It's a really nice fit for my particular foot. I also have very sensitive saphenous nerves (the main nerve the traverses the inner ankle bone). I tried malleolar pads with other shoes, but not even those helped with the nerve-compression pain. The Wind River III's padding and lace hook placement do a great job of distributing the forces across my inner ankles - avoiding painful nerve pinches (that indicates repetitive nerve injury). I really like the textile material used in the boot - and the fact that Oboz shrewdly cut the tongue area with a slight V. I have pronounced humps in the bridge (top) of my feet, but the lacing placement and padding are quite comfortable. I replace the factory insoles with Spenco Total Support Max insoles and the fit is about as perfect as I am going to get without going to custom shoe. The traction seems to be a little better than that of the rubber\polymer compound in the Firebrand II, but I still notice less-than-ideal traction on wet pressure-treated pine and wet indoor flooring like slate, ceramic tile and commerical floors. Overall I am very please with these boots. So far the Wind River III has been a very good warm weather boot (I wear in an urban environment).