Oboz Review: Firebrand II
The Oboz Firebrand II is a versatile lightweight, low cut hiking shoe. It boasts a sturdy and stiff sole, with a deep lug tread, and the OBOZ waterproof-breathable BDRY membrane technology. The fit is snug, yet comfortable, and provides stability and performance all in one. It is suitable for multi-sport activities, day hikes or approaches.
From the moment I laced them up, the Firebrands fit my wide feet perfectly (they come in regular and wide). The extended lace line with reinforcements allowed for maximum adjustment for a close comfortable fit. The toe-cap’s flex makes walking on flat surfaces easy, while the overall sole has enough torsional rigidity to maintain support on sloped, and uneven terrain. On the exposed gneiss rocks of the Canadian Shield, I was not able to make the tread slip on moderate slopes. The ankle line does not limit range of motion, yet the heel pocket has enough ankle support to have confidence on rough trails, or with a loaded backpack.
Guide Test – Simulated Stream crossing!
Splash test! Image: Steve Ruskay
I decided to put the Oboz Footwear B-DRY waterproof-breathable membrane to the test. In a simulated stream crossing, I submerged my Firebrand II to the midpoint of the lace lay. After 1 min, my socks and feet remained dry and happy. Test result: A+
True to the trail. Image: Steve Ruskay
Not only does the Firebrand II look and feel great, this shoe is rugged enough to take on any trail. It’s crafted to provide your feet with dry comfort, where ever you may wander.
And for those with moderate to wide feet, you will appreciate the Firebrand II’s wide design.
Steve Ruskay is the lead guide for Black Feather – The Wilderness Adventure Company, based in Seguin Ontario. Each summer Steve can be found high above the Arctic circle, guiding multi week expeditions to some of the most remote parts of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Steve is also an outdoor educator, sea kayak Instructor, moving water instructor, and rescue instructor with Raven Rescue Canada. Follow Steve on his expeditions around the world and view his beautiful photographs @ruskayvision, and www.ruskayvision.com.