APPLICATION TO TEST the Oboz Yellowstone Hiking Boots
Please accept my application to test the Oboz Yellowstone hiking
boots. I have read the BGT By-Laws (v. 0609) including Chapter 5 and
will comply with all of the reporting terms and requirements. My
signed tester agreement is on file. I will have no difficulty meeting
the minimum expected use requirements and plan to use the footwear
more than the required amount of time.
NAME: Erich Roetz
EMAIL: gerbil93 at gmail dot com
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77 kg)
Backpacking Background: I started backpacking when I was Boy Scout
over 27 years ago. I do mostly medium weight backpacking but I am
doing more lightweight backpacking now that my son is a Scout. We
camp one weekend a month all year round in temperatures from very hot
(Virginia summers of 100F/38C) to very cold (Pennsylvania winters -
below freezing) from sea level to about 2000 ft (610 meters)
If I am chosen to test the Oboz Yellowstone hiking boots, I will test
them in four separate locations on five different trips: Virginia
Beach, Virginia; Surry, Virginia; Crabtree Falls, Virginia and San
Lee, North Carolina. I should encounter some cold, wet weather in the
Piedmont area of Virginia and North Carolina. On each trip, I will be
out for two to three nights with the exception of a 4 day hike over
Spring Break. The trips weekend trips will increase from 4 mi (6.4
km) to 10 mi (16.1 km) while the Spring Break trip will be about 3 mi
(4.8 km) per day.
The average temperatures for the locations are:
Virginia Beach, VA 54F to 36F (12C to 2C)
Surry, VA 50F to 30F (10C to -1C)
Crabtree Falls, VA 51F to 27F (12C to -2C)
San Lee, NC 70F to 41F (21C to 5C)
I currently use a pair of Merrell Hypno shoes for most of my hiking
trips. I've logged over 120 miles (193 km) with them both on the
trail and in the city. How will the Yellowstones compare to the
I will consider the following during my testing of the Oboz
How well does it fit? How does the liner feel? Does the tongue bunch
up when laced and zipped up? Do I need to wear special socks or will
any old pair do? How do the Yellowstones feel when I don't wear socks
at all? Kind of gross, but it does happen. Does the "Gender
Specific Molded Heel" imply a man's boot is designed differently than
the women's boots?
How quickly do they dry? Are they comfortable when they are wet? Do
the waterproof nubuck uppers keep water out of the boots? Does the
sole offer arch support? Do the uppers trap moisture creating an
environment for noxious odor?
I don't do any trail running, but I routinely hike on unprepared
surfaces. My running is generally limited to paved or lightly grassed
surfaces. Does the "Dual Density Propulsion Foam" lead to better
support? How well do the Yellowstones hold up under various surfaces?
How is the traction? How is the traction when the surface is wet?
How well made are the Yellowstones? Does the sole separate from the
shoe? Do the laces pull through their holes or do they snag?
Are they comfortable in different temperatures? How much more will my
feet sweat inside the waterproof membrane? How comfortable will they
be temperatures ranging from 40F to 100F (4C to 38C)? How well do
they clean up?
How stylish are they? Will they look good on me?
If selected, my normal boot size is 8.5, but I will request a 9.5
with the size difference that Coy mentioned in the test call.
Owner reviews can be found here:
Current Test Series:
Peak Camp `n Trail, FR due in March (the IR can be found here
Kombi Latitude Gloves, FR due in March (the IR can be found here
Other Pending Applications:
Flej Solo Cup
Eureka Mountain Breeze Tent
Ryder's Intersect Interchangeable Sunglasses
I would like to thank you and Oboz Footwear for your consideration,