The Bogs Ultra Mid boots are a substantial proposition as evidenced by the huge black cardboard box, boldly emblazoned with the company name, which I was presented with that contained them.
As is the want of manufactures these days there are a lot of jingoistic terms and claims made to what is essentially a basic utilitarian object. In this case the affixed tag stated that these boots were 100% waterproof allowing you to stay dry, used Bogs Neo-Tech to keep you warm, contained Durafresh in them to fight odors and had a Biogrip Outsole to avoid slipping. So did they live up to these claims?
I have used the boots in my garden for a while and I have noticed that they do certainly repel the water with any amount of the wet stuff instantly beading into droplets and running off the boot. The Neo-Tech inner is thick and comfortable and feels snug, though I have not worn them in temperatures as cold as they claim. I have not given the boots a sniff test to confirm if the Durafresh protection is effective, though I welcome anything that combats the normal stinky boot syndrome. The large rubberised sole seems to work as it should too.
There are other practical features that I did like in particular. Firstly was the large easy pull on handles that made putting them on a breeze, even if you were encumbered by large gloves. Taking the boots off again was also helped by small protruding wedge of rubber on the heel that you could use to lever them off with either by the toe of your other boot, or by some nearby doorsill, all without having to use your hands.
Being of mid-height these boots were also an advantage to me in the garden. It was plenty high enough in the soil and mud but not so high that it rubbed at my calves or caused an issue with the bottom of my trousers (the do you tuck in or pull over problem removed).
These boots were apparently designed for dairy farmers to help them stay dry, safe and comfortable on slippery indoor and outdoor cement surfaces, and for this type of work or similar I see them being perfectly suitable for the job. However as a cautionary note, don’t assume they will suit all outdoor activities as I did wear them when I went for a two mile walk to see how they felt, and the flexible, easy pull on features welcomed above led to unpleasant movement of foot in boot and resulted in painful friction blisters. I won’t be taking them further than the end of my garden again.
- 100% Waterproof
- Height: 10″
- Circumference: 16″
- Comfort rated from temperate to -40°F
- Durable hand-lasted rubber and a four way stretch inner bootie
- Constructed with 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech™
- Easy-on pull handles
- Internal midsole with rubber sponge delivers extra cushion and warmth
- Non-slip and non-marking outsole
- DuraFresh bio-technology that activates to fight unwanted odors
- Average weight 4.87 pounds per pair
- Available in sizes 4-16
- 100% satisfaction guaranteed
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