BACKPACKER MAGAZINE - Field Notes: The latest word from our testers

May 2019
050119 Backpacker Oboz Wind River Jpeg 001


This boot acts tough, but it's a softie at heart: The Wind River's heavy, nubuck-and-textile upper and beefy TPU toecap kept our feet protected on the rock-strewn trails in Colorado National Monument and root filled paths in Hawaii, but its cushy interior offered comfort as the miles piles up.  "The high-cut ankle padding is thicker than in other boots, and the plush EVA insole made it easy to wear these for multiday treks," on tester reports.  "You feel like you can kick down a door, but the boot is flexible enough to stride all day long."   (He also praised the deep heel pocket for preventing slippage.)

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