A simple decision, for any prospective hike, is the Phoenix Mid's perfect mix of supple Nubuck, breathable mesh, and a well-cushioned, yet supportive, midsole.
A Nubuck leather and abrasion resistant, textile upper will encase your feet in supple, waterproof and durable comfort; supporting you as you tackle tricky trails. To avoid damp feet, and therefore dampened spirits, Oboz introduces B-DRY. B-DRY shoes keep feet dry through creeks, mud, rain and sweat, thanks to three key components: The crux is Oboz' proprietary tape-sealed, polyurethane film bootie, which waterproofs shoes but still lets sweat escape, so your feet don't develop that distracting clammy feeling. Second, all of Oboz' B-DRY shoes come with hydrophobic upper materials, meaning the rest of the shoe won't absorb water, and feet won't become highly saturated and heavy after walking through streams. And finally, the textile lining inside B-DRY boots wicks sweat away, so feet stay dry from the inside out. Lastly, a moulded rubber toe cap provides a protective reinforcement, guarding your feet, mile after mile, against sharp terrain and general trail hazards.
In the cushty midsole, a BFit Deluxe insole lies atop a dual density EVA platform. The anatomically-designed insole maximizes stability and support in the shoes; with a supportive arch and a deep cushioning heel cup. Triple-density EVA throughout provides both cushioning and durability, and a shot of urethane under the metatarsals and heels adds extra protection to high-strike zones; designed to keep your feet happy on long distance days. The dual density EVA midsole uses a firmer density EVA on the medial side of the shoe, creating a 'medial post'. This barrier to compression helps to support the arch; stopping excessive, inward rolling of the foot and stabilising the wearer's stride. Both shock absorbing elements help to spare your joints as you make risky leaps and landings on hard, unforgiving terrain.
A Granite Peak outsole completes the Oboz Phoenix Mid. This quintessential hiking outsole, with its toothy side lugs that hug off-camber trails, and 4mm directional lugs studding the sole, gives you traction and stability on every surface. A nylon shank exists to help decrease the load sustained by your feet and calves over the course of ascents and descents; reducing muscle fatigue and helping you to stay motivated. A lightweight TPU chassis acts as featherweight, underfoot armour; boosting stability and preventing stone bruising without inhibiting flex. Don't let your footwear dictate where you walk to.
Founded in 2007, Oboz are a company that specialise in outdoor footwear. Based in Montana, USA the company pride themselves on high quality, reliable footwear. For every shoe bought, Oboz plant a tree to create sustainable sources of crop shade, soil rehabilitation, food, windbreaks, medicine, mudslide control, timber and more for communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America...all while reducing CO2 levels and raising biodiversity worldwide.Manufacturer product code - OBOOB22802MINBLU