There are several Oboz boots described in this site, one of them you can see in the picture, so I thought it would be useful for you to say a few words about the company and what behind the name is. So what is Oboz footwear and what is Oboz really?
The company is based in Bozeman, Montana, and the name is derived from the words ‘outside Bozeman’. With this, they wanted to say that they themselves are those who go outdoor and test their boots and shoes on real trails in Montana and elsewhere. The letter ‘B’ appears in many terms from this brand, so you will see BDry and BFit below. They started building their footwear in 2007 under the slogan True to the Trail.
How they work
This is a unique company in many ways. The people behind the name are outdoor veterans and footwear veterans, and they build all elements of their footwear themselves. So all that you see in their boots and shoes is their own original design and production, everything specific for specific models, with precision fit and balance.
So for example, they have developed their own waterproofing system based on their BDry membrane, their outsoles and insoles are in-house design and production.
They take care of the environment, their buildings are powered by wind energy, and for every pair of footwear they sell, they plant a tree, this has been their policy from the beginning.
BDry waterproofing system
Oboz has developed their own waterproof BDry membrane, but the system includes the following elements:
- BDry bootie. Everything is with a waterproof layer inside, tape-sealed.
- Hydrophobic upper. This means no water absorbed in the material, so it remains lightweight and its breathability is not reduced in wet conditions.
- Sweat-wicking materials used inside the footwear, to stay dry from the inside out.
Oboz has developed what they call BFit Insoles that align feet biomechanically and they are engineered just for their own footwear. The idea behind their design is to reduce friction inside the shoe/boot, which means keeping the foot neutral and avoiding blisters. This is based on their study of mechanics of walking where the feet tend to extend. This is partly what makes their footwear so supportive and comfortable.
There are three different types of insoles developed so far:
- BFit Deluxe: This anatomically designed type is used in their backpacking and hiking boots, and in lifestyle shoes. They include a supportive arch and a deep cushioning heel cup, triple-density EVA foam is used in the construction, and in addition to this you have a shot of urethane under the metatarsals and heels added for extra protection in high-strike areas. You can see it in their Bridger Mid BDry boots for men and women described in the site.
- BFit Thermal: This type they have developed for their insulated winter boots. They include: i) a wool top sheet for insulation, and, ii) a Mylar bottom sheet to reflect heat back to your foot. You can see them in the Bridger 7 boots for women, and Bridger 8 for men, both described on the site. You should know that these winter boots are the official tool of the National Ski Patrol.
- BFit Essential: This type is designed for optimal structural support and extra breathability, for trail sport shoes. They are much lighter than the previous two types. This is achieved through honeycomb foam cuts and through a flexible forefoot which promotes natural biomechanics.
This is where Oboz shines, the list of different outsoles they have developed is truly impressive:
- Granite Peak.
- Wind River.
- Mountain Town.
- Tobacco Root.
See below only the first three from the list:
But this is not all. These outsoles are supported by:
- TPU chassis which is there to protect feet from sharp rocks and to provide torsional stability. By placing the chassis under the feet, they save on rubber, and in turn, this results in very lightweight footwear with all heavyweight benefits. This is a very clever and effective design by people who know what is needed in outdoor boots and shoes.
- Molded heel counter which helps footwear maintaining a snug and comfortable heel hold over time, so the boot keeps its shape even after miles of use and abuse. You can see this in the pictures below.
So to conclude this text, I hope you get some idea about what Oboz footwear is and how they build their products. Those are true experts in the outdoor footwear, so the features they introduce in their products are not there by chance or introduced by following somebody’s examples. They study the structure of human feet and the mechanics of walk, and they implement the knowledge in their footwear. Finally, they test it in practice.
It is a great pleasure for me to write about this footwear. I gave the links above for some of the boots already presented in the site, but there will be more items of this brand reviewed here, so stay tuned.
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