Oboz Traverse Mid BDRY ReviewFebruary 17, 2014
The Traverse is a medium volume mid-height hiking boot with waterproof/breathable uppers.
- For having an aggressively lugged sole, it’s pretty lightweight
- Retentive lacing system
- Very comfortable
- Decent footbed included
- Soft uppers lack support for heavier loads
- The lacing system can make it difficult to get in and out for people with high insteps
The Oboz Traverse Mid BDRY is a very comfortable light hiker that holds the foot securely in place, but it isn’t a burly boot for heavy loads or craggy country.
Support and Stability
The Traverse is carefully designed to fit well, but the uppers are mostly nylon fabric with synthetic leather, rubber and plastic reinforcement that is only moderately supportive. This isn’t a boot suited for heavy loads. The midsole is dual-density EVA, but that’s backed up by a TPU plate and a healthy shank that provide stability. The arch support is excellent, and Oboz bucks the industry trend by providing a good footbed. The lacing system has a strap across the instep that helps to hold feet and heels very securely in place.
Protection & Comfort
Oboz fashioned a remarkably comfortable fit to the Traverse. The thick lugged sole and toe and heel counters and bumpers bestow excellent protection. The Traverse is a pleasure to wear, as long as you aren’t heavily loaded down.
Outside of carrying heavy loads, the Traverse is an adept hiker. The deeply lugged sole hangs on well, and the rounded heel provides a very natural and efficient stride. The strap across the instep holds the heel solidly in place but it may be an issue for people with high insteps—I’m one of those people and it took some effort to get the boots on and off.
If the EVA foam in the midsole holds up, the boots should last a decent length of time. The metal lace fittings seem pretty indestructible.