When my new Cirque Low B-Dry arrived this winter, Montreal was facing some of the worst weather we could imagine. Despite the snow, I took them on two long runs—about 15 kilometers and with about 1000 meters of elevation gain.
I was looking for a shoe to get up in the mountains as fast as possible, and the Cirque Low is everything I wanted. This shoe allows you to feel free yet confident on your run/hike because it is strong, durable, and can go the distance.
Weighing in at 14 oz., the Cirque has a synthetic microsuede upper with no-sew panels, a microsuede mud guard, the Oboz Footwear Bdry waterproof membrane and a lightweight, breathable knit mesh. The Tempest outsole cuts weight without compromising performance. It has beveled tread wraps for toe protection, multi-directional lugs for braking, traction and support. Active flex grooves support metatarsal movement and contour to the trail.
Put simply: all of the weight savings come from strategic design of the outsole and the upper. Though it’s not marketed as a running shoe, the Cirque can endure kilometers of trail running or fast and light hiking.
Ideal Foot Protection
There is something that the new Cirque Low has that most of the hiking or trail running shoes don’t have these days: TPU stabilizers. These will save your feet on a long and tiring days. These stabilizers are the orange part of the outsole and provides torsional flex and allows for natural articulation.
The Oboz proprietary B-Dry waterproof membrane does a fantastic job by keeping your feet dry and breathable.
I’ve been totally satisfied with this brand new Oboz Cirque Low B-Dry.
Tristan Hogue is a Canadian mountaineer who recently circumnavigated Mont Blanc in France and is going to hike 30 peaks in 30 days in the European Alps this summer. Follow him at @trist.hogue