Oboz Mystic Mid BDry ReviewJuly 20, 2012
- Incredibly comfortable for narrow feet
- Women’s specific fit—truly
- Noticeably breathable for a waterproof shoe
- Not enough support for heavy loads
- Upper material is prone to nicks and scrapes
Perfect for moderate day hikes with light or no pack weight, this waterproof light hiker “hugs” a female foot without feeling cramped. Noticeably breathable for being waterproof and supremely comfortable for a hiking shoe. Not built for heavy loads but easily able to withstand longer adventures.
Comfort and Support
Oboz spent some serious time and effort in creating a shape that has a snug, secure fit in the heel, arch and toebox. The standout feature of this shoe is the balance that it strikes between a close fit without feeling too tight. As a result, this shoe takes the cake for Most Comfortable light hiker.
The dual density EVA midsole and high quality footbed provided much needed comfort for a hike that could otherwise easily induce foot fatigue. The downside: Having the shape and feel of a running shoe means minimal stability, and compared to others in the test (see Garmont, Lowa), and I experienced more ankle rolling on loose rocks than a more structured boot.
Materials & Construction
The upper materials also showed some visible wear and tear after just this one hike (there is no toe rand and the nubuck is abrasion-prone), so this shoe more appropriate for established trails.
An impressive and note-worthy feature is how breathable the shoe felt in the crushing heat. While the rest of my body was sweating, my feet remained conspicuously dry. Oboz uses a proprietary waterproof membrane, and compared to shoes that incorporate more well-known membranes, I found the Mystic Mid to be significantly less likely to cause sweat build-up and blistering.
In a nutshell, the Mystic Mid could be your go-to shoe for on-trail day hikes with very light or no pack weight. Especially if you have a narrower foot, this shoe gives you a lot of quality for the price.