We are going to tell you the results of our inspections over one of the best hiking shoes, the Oboz Tamarack B-Dry men’s hiking shoe. We’ve collected all the tiniest detail of shoe in our oboz tamarack review.
After days of experiment with it, we have finally prepared this article to share our experience of this low hiking shoe. We have even put the smallest most intricate details we could dig out of it. So continue patiently if you are really interested in it.
Quick overview: ✔Product dimensions: 15 x 11 x 5 inches, ✔Product weight: 479 x 2 grams, ✔Breathability: Breathable membrane, ✔Waterproof: Oboz B-Dry waterproof membrane, ✔Color: Bungee, anthracite, ✔Upper: Nubuck Leather, ✔Sole: Rubber made granite peak outsole, ✔Our ratings: 9 out of 10.
Why Oboz Tamarack shoe?
Well, there are many ways of answering this question now that I have had my inspection test. So of all the other things, I would like to start with the following sentence first. Although this is only a shoe, its users will get the performance of a good hiking boot from this shoe. Why not? What do we need from a shoe that is waterproof, breathable, just as much protection, cushioning, comfort, and traction like a boot? I think I will not be wrong if I say that this shoe can perform even better than many other overpriced hiking boots that are available in the market.
Silly me! Look at how I am just praising the shoe over and over instead of explaining. But this also could be a good example to you that look how excited and impressed it made me in just in a couple of days. Now I really think that I should start the actual review before you get bored. So shall we begin?
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Oboz Tamarack Review
Upper | Water resistance and breathability | Alert | Size & Weight | Insole | Eva | Midsole | Granite Peak Outsole and Traction | Color | Key features | Pros & Cons | Final thoughts
In my experience, there are very few other uppers of a hiking boot is as good as this one is. Why won’t’ be? You will have a 100% waterproof upper made of special nubuck leather. Not only that, but the textile of the upper also happens to be highly resistive to abrasion.
The combination of this nubuck leather and the highly abrasion resistant textile gives you a good, strong, long-lasting upper. With such upper, there is nothing for you to worry about the protection of this shoe.
Wait a minute, protection reminds me that apart from the upper, there is also something else that is also strong, long-lasting, and gives protection. It is the toe cap. The toe cap is made of molded rubber for reaching perfection and satisfaction. This rubber toe cap is covering a good amount area at the foremost region of the shoe. So your delicate little toes will be under a good roof.
There is another part related to the upper but it is at the back. But in case of this shoe, apart from being made of the same material as the upper, it is made of strong molded rubber just like the toe guard. Since it is situated just above the heel and also related to it, this part is called the rubber heel counter.
As it is made of rubber, it stays stiff even when the shoe is facing a lot of twisting angles. For this reason, the shoe keeps your feet well protected and comfortable for a very long time.
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Water resistance and breathability:
I think I have already said about the water-resistance level of this shoe. But the topic does not end there. You have a lot to know regarding its water-resistive capabilities.
There is already a 100% waterproof nubuck leather upper in the shoe. But if it is fully waterproof, it means there is no other mean of the inner heat and moisture produced and trapped inside to come out. For this reason, the upper has meshed vents all over it. Via the holes of this mesh, the heat and moisture trapped inside will come out and give relief to the feet of the user. This proves the breathability of this shoe.
However, now that there are many holes in the mesh, the shoe is completely vulnerable to water. If it is soaked, water can easily get inside it through the holes. So it does not remain waterproof now. But Oboz has come up with a great solution here.
Oboz has used its special B-Dry waterproof system here to make the shoe waterproof again. And guess what! It has become totally waterproof. This B-Dry waterproof system is tested to be 100% waterproof. It lets the heat that is inside to get out but also in the meantime, prevents any water or mud to get in from the outside.
Nonetheless, now read this part very carefully as it is a drawback that I have found in this shoe. In the way of making it waterproof, Oboz has compromised the breathability of this shoe a little bit. I have found that when you use it for a very long time over relatively hot weather, the shoe also tends to get hot. It is breathable, but not at the level we want to be.
But again, if the weather is cold then you; as in the user might not always feel the same way I felt.
Size and weight:
One of the best things about this shoe is that it has many variants when it comes to sizes. Let me explain in a better way.
You see this men’s shoe has multiple size variants starting from 8 and reached up to 14. Be careful about the size while buying.
So if your feet size falls between them then there is no way it will not fit. There are even wide versions of almost every size so even you have unique wider feet than others, you can still use this shoe.
Now, about the weight, before I tell anything else, I should tell you that its weight is about 479 grams per half pair. That means the weight of the whole pair of this shoe is almost close to 1 kg.
Although it is not a big problem for everyone, but to me, I think it is over-weighted for hiking shoe. If it was a boot or a work boot then it might be ok. Nowadays even many of the top and best quality hiking boots sometimes have less weight than this shoe.
Anyway, it is just my opinion and also my duty to tell you that it is a bit weighted than the other competitors it has.
Now, this is one of the best and unique components of this Oboz shoe. In fact, it is available in almost all of the hiking boots or shoes that are made by Oboz. It is the Oboz O-Fit insole or more precisely in this shoe, it is the B-Fit deluxe anatomically designed insole.
Out of its many good things such can comfort and wicking, it is best at providing maximum stability and support.
The O fit insole or also called as the B-Fit deluxe insole in this shoe is a specialized insole designed by Oboz for their footwear. It keeps the feet of the user in a neutral and comfortable position so that he can get the best support.
You must be wondering what is so amazing about it, don’t you? Well, first thing is, this one insole has three different density layers and all of them have different functions.
Talk about the surface, the whole thing has moisture-absorbing wicking ability so that it can suck out the moisture and heat from the feet to keep them dry.
Around the toe, there is an EVA pod from below that absorbs any shock gained while the user is running or trailing over nay hard or uneven surface. This pod helps to rebound quickly.
In the heel, there is a deep high-density EVA heel cup that also works to improve support and stability.
In the middle, when two parts are joined, a medium-density EVA cushioning is created for better comfort. Not only that, there; in the middle and also at the backside, a high-density EVA arch is created for a better balance of your feet and also from them to feel comfortable.
You must have noticed already by now that there is a lot of mention of the word EVA above. And there are some other times it will be used that are yet to come. Some of you might know about it already and many of you might not. So I thought I should tell you a thing or two about this “EVA”.
EVA or Ethylene Vinyl Acetate is one type of plastic or rubber-like plastic (soft, flexible, and also hard and strong) made by combining ethylene and vinyl acetate.
In easy words, it is used to make elastomeric polymer which you can say as a rubber-like soft, flexible material that is also very tough and stress and crack resistant. A very good example of it is the sole of any good shoe or footwear.
The midsole of this shoe is also designed for ensuring comfort, balance, stability, and support. The midsole is also made of thick dual-density EVA cushioning that results in good balancing and flexibility.
But there is also a nylon shank between the heel and forefoot that prevents over flexing of the midsole to add more comfort. There is a last TPU chassis with the midsole that adds extra protection and torsional stability underfoot.
Granite Peak Outsole and Traction:
This is the last and also one of the best parts of this shoe. The best output of this shoe is its traction. I cannot explain to you using just words that how much sticky this shoe is! You can literally feel that the shoe is sticking with the ground.
This means it is superb over any type of trail whether it is smooth or rough, dry or wet, rocky, or sandy. I can go on but I think you have already understood my point.
The question is, how does this shoe provide such good traction? The whole credit of this great traction service goes to its granite peak outsole. It is the design, material, function of this outsole that is responsible for the sticky traction service.
Before I begin its features, I should tell you first that it is named Granite Peak the map of the Granite Peak is molded into it. It is the tallest peak in Montana.
The sole and its lugs are made of special carbon rubber that makes them very strong and durable. And because of the deep lugs, the sole can attach to any surface easily.
Another specialty of this outsole is that it is self-cleaning. It means, suppose outsole has become dirty as mud or other dirt has covered it. But it is designed in such a way that it can shed off the dirt all by itself. And even if some still stick within the lugs, you can manually clean it off very easily without any hassle.
Lastly, we are just left to discuss the color. Well, there is nothing much to say as it has only two different color variations. You will find it in a deep and dark looking bungee color and another light anthracite color.
Though there are just two, it has covered the choice of most people. People generally prefer two types of color, either dark or light. And as this Obobz men’s shoe has both, anybody can any among the two variations according to his choice.
Note: Dimension and weight may slightly vary by size.
- Rubber molded protective toe covering and also heel counter for saving the toes from any external shock and also providing good and comfortable support at the back of the shoe.
- Apart from the part covered by rubber, the whole upper is made of durable and waterproof nubuck leather.
- The B-Dry waterproof breathable membrane gave completion to 100% waterproofness against the meshed vents that created the breathable opportunity of this shoe.
- The insole of this product is composed of arched, wicking, three density shock-absorbing, comfortable layers.
- The midsole too is shock-absorbing, thick, and composed of dual-density EVA cushion with a nylon shank and TPU chassis for the perfect flexibility and support.
- Then the rough and tough both from looking and also from work, Granite Peak outsole gives the best traction and also self-cleaning service.
- B-Dry membrane
- Superb traction
- Nubuck leather
- Rubber toe covering
- TPU chassis
- Nylon shank
- Rubber heel counter
- Versatile size choice
- Can get hot over a hot weather
- Heavy for a shoe
I do not think there is anything else left for any final thoughts. My thought is that I have written this review with every other little intricate detail just as I have promised above. With the details, I have also put my honest opinion regarding both good and bad in this shoe.
Now I just hope that you have liked this Oboz shoe review I have written after my days of experimenting with the product. Now that you have chosen it and also aware of every detail of the product, all you are left to do is click the buy button if it fits your necessity.
And also one more thing, do not forget to comment below informing how useful the review was for you and also regarding any suggestion of the product like what you like in it or what you did not like. Feel free to share any of your feelings just as we did with you.