When I first saw these I thought, “I like the look of those.” I used to be a ‘BIG’ Hefty boot kind of guy until a few years ago, when I decided light was right and have been abusing the Yellowstone II mid Boots for the past year, even in snow with micro spikes or Kahtoola KTS with no issues on straightforward routes.
I gave the Traverse a good 20-minute-stand-in-water test to just below the waterproof bootie line. No leaks. Fantastic.
The fit is medium wide—I’ve got wide feet, size UK 10, and a high arch, and these boots fit very well indeed. I started with some short walks. The boot is well built and sturdy, even for this fabric upper model. The BFit lacing is fantastic, keeping the heel in position in the boot without that lacing digging in across the tops.
Heel and Membrane
The heel counter is very rigid, helping all the other super engineered boot components, work incredibly well, making for boot and foot stability, comfort is amazing. The BDry membrane is also one feature I particularly like, as it’s very breathable.
On the Trail
I took the boots on a nine-mile walk around Derwent water in the Lake District. It was a fine day, but I did take them for the odd paddle. No water got in, and the sole offered plenty of grip for such a lightweight mid boot. We rambled on grass, mud, wet rock, and dry steep rocky sections on the descent from Cat Bells, and I was totally secure and fleet of foot, running, jumping down the steep rocky path with ease.
I would be happy to use these from spring to Autumn, in a mountain setting and year round below the snow line.
Peter Morley, Burscough Lancashire, UK: Peter Morley was an Oboz fan long before we launched the ambassador program. He walks and bikes everywhere, even in the UK’s unpredictable climate. He also loves to make music. Check him out on Facebook.