Oboz Women’s Juniper 6″ Insulated BDry Boot is a new winter hiking boot on the market, waterproof and breathable, and with 200 grams of synthetic insulation.
- Waterproof & breathable.
- Good traction.
Where to buy
Check on Amazon, they have great prices and the best shipping conditions.
What type of boots is this – who are they for
Obviously, those are boots for women as the name suggests. With 6 inches (15 cm) of height, they are in the category of mid boots, though on Amazon they use the word shoes as you see from the Amazon picture above. The insulation and the waterproof membrane make them suitable for all winter conditions.
The boots are not so bulky and they are lightweight, so they are quite suitable for casual use, but they are surely great for winter hiking. The collar is clearly high enough to keep the feet safe, but still low enough for an all around use.
Why Oboz and what is Oboz? If you are not familiar with the Oboz brand, it is best to check my separate post.
Materials & construction
The Juniper 6″ boots are with 200 grams of insulation and they use the 3M Thinsulate synthetic material here, its basic structure is presented in the picture below.
But you also have a collar with insulation on the top, see the picture, plus a bit of wool on the insole (see more below). The rubber bottom and the midsole add some extra insulation from the ground.
The membrane and upper
You have Oboz’s proprietary B-DRY waterproof bootie which is a polyurethane film inside of the boot. With all seams sealed this should keep your feet dry. On the other hand, the upper material is hydrophobic, and this is mostly a suede leather. So you have a fully watertight construction to keep your feet dry from outside.
The inner textile lining wicks sweat away, and the membrane and the upper are breathable. So this should keep the foot dry from inside as well. As already mentioned, the 6 inches cuffs are for a great support and protection.
The outsole & midsole
A curious detail on the bottom is the map of Swiftcurrent Mountain (Glacier National Park) that is molded there under the lugs. Apart from this, the outsole provides a really good traction on a wide variety of surfaces. This is a particular winterized rubber for the best grip at low temperatures.
The boot is with a molded heel kick that should work well with snowshoes or some traction tools. You also have a gaiter D-ring on the front (see the picture above) which you will use with gaiters in a deep snow.
But from outside you cannot see what really you have here, so the picture below shows you all the pieces which make this boot so comfortable. You have:
- The dual-density EVA foam midsole which provides a supportive and balanced cushioning (the top layer).
- The 1 mm EVA Super Skin (ESS) plate which mitigates over-reflexion and protects the forefoot (the dark red piece in the middle on the right).
- TPU chassis that adds protection and torsional stability underfoot (the light red piece in the middle on the left).
On actual boots, these colors are different, dependent on the color of the boot.
This is a layer on the top of the insole structure shown above. So here you have what they call the O FIT insole which includes the following:
- The base layer against heat loss.
- Low-density EVA pod for cushioning.
- High-density EVA arch which places the foot in a neutral position.
- Insulating wool top for extra warmth and cushioning.
- High-density EVA deep heel cup.
Note that they build the boot in full and half sizes, and currently there are three color options available on Amazon. Please see more in this video by the brand:
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Very good support.
- Great design.
- A bit expensive.
- Not so breathable.
- Need a bit of a break-in time.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for these boots is around $198 for the size 8, so the boots are a bit expensive when you compare them with some other insulated boots for women. On the EU market, they cost 167 Euro, and I can compare this with my Salomon Men’s X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boot which I bought recently and which I paid 135 Euro (and those are not insulated). So from this perspective, the Juniper 6 boots’ price looks quite reasonable.
Please see how I rate them for several parameters used for such items here in the site:
My rating breakdown of the Oboz Juniper 6" Insulated BDry Boots for women:
- Best use: hiking, casual.
- Women’s specific.
- Weight size 7 (pair): 1 lb 15.6 oz (896 g).
- Membrane: B-DRY.
- Insulation: 200 gram 3M Thinsulate.
- 8 mm heel rise.
Oboz Juniper 6 vs Oboz Bridger 7
I thought you might want to see how these Juniper boots compare with yet another very popular insulated model from the same brand, the Oboz Bridger 7 Insulated Boots. There are differences in the height and the price, but there are also other differences in the design, so please follow the links in the table for more.
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In the summary of this Oboz Women’s Juniper 6″ Insulated BDry Boot review I can only stress again that these are quality boots, built for women and tested by women. With 200 gram 3M Thinsulate synthetic insulation these boots are not for extreme conditions but they are indeed warm and comfortable. This is a stylish design that makes them suitable for a city use.
If you need more options, please check my page with boots and shoes. Note that this is not a sponsored post and I am not related to the manufacturer.
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