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Crocs Jaunt Shorty Review

Playful and bright, they are a great, simple low-top rain boot.
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Price:  $40 List | $39.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Affordable, wide footbox, comfortable
Cons:  Mediocre traction, low weather protection
Manufacturer:   Crocs
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 4, 2018
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RANKED
#11 of 11
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Style - 20% 7
  • Traction - 20% 6
  • Warmth - 10% 7

The Skinny

Truly one of the lightest rain boots we've tested, the Crocs Jaunt Shorty will float like a rubber duck (and ours was yellow like one, too). They provided sufficient comfort and performed slightly above average in weather protection, traction, and warmth. It's an ankle-height, or "shorty" model, which means they rise above the ankles but do not reach the calf. Lightweight, they are incredibly easy to put on, take off, and carry around. They come in various colors, from the bright and playful to the more traditional black; as a result, the design appealed to some, while others found the bright colors drew too much attention as a rain boot. Rest assured, they are available in a color that will not make you feel like a Skittle. If you like the shorty style, be sure to consider our favorite in this height subcategory, the Bogs SweetPea.

Color Updates

The sunny yellow color we tested is no longer offered on the Crocs' website, but you may be able to find them online from other retailers, like Amazon. The black shown above is a current colorway.

October 2018


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Crocs Jaunt Shorty are bright in color and constructed for a very roomy fit. Ultralight, they are made from a fully-molded Croslite resin with a rubber outsole. There's no lining or insole; in fact, there's nothing else to the boot beside the resin, as is traditional for Crocs.

Performance Comparison


The low-top Jaunt Shorty boots were fun but performed fairly average in our tests.
The low-top Jaunt Shorty boots were fun but performed fairly average in our tests.

Weather Protection


Measuring only 7.75 inches from the ground, these short boots don't offer as much protection from the elements as the taller Hunter Original Back Adjustable or the Kamik Olivia. They also have holes cut out from the sides of the shaft which diminish the overall effective waterproofing down to 5.25 inches.

Comfort


At an impressive 1.05 lbs for the size 8 we tested, this model is easy to carry and pack, not to mention walk in. Mobility is not impeded unless going up an incline, as the Croslite resin itself is firm. The front of the shaft did not flex for our shins. This boot is specifically designed to have a "generous, roomy fit," and there's ample room for thick socks, added insoles, or high-volume feet. On par with other models, they were bested by the comfort of the Hunter Original, Kamik Heidi, and Xtratuf Legacy — all award-winning models.

The cute and playful vibe of the Jaunt Shorty.
The cute and playful vibe of the Jaunt Shorty.

Style


The style of Crocs seem to be that of you either like them, or you don't. We purchased the lemon, and they are very bright. Fun and cheery, there isn't much going on besides the evident molding and white accents. Big, bold and wide, they reminded us of rain boots you might find in children's books. In true Crocs fashion, there are holes for Jibbitz charms. For something more urban and trendy, we like the ankle-height Sperry Saltwater Duck Boot.

Traction


With minimal tread, these boots performed only slightly above average in our tests. They weren't incredibly stable in the snow, especially if there were inclines involved. Fortunately, you may already own a pair of winter boots if you're in need of additional traction. They performed better in wet grass and even more so across wet, flat surfaces. If you need a boot with more outdoor stability, we liked the women's Xtratuf Legacy.

The tread on the Jaunt Shorty performed best on flat surfaces. The relative stiffness of the boot itself also influenced this sentiment.
The tread on the Jaunt Shorty performed best on flat surfaces. The relative stiffness of the boot itself also influenced this sentiment.

Warmth


The material insulates well when compared to conventional rubber. In addition, having a roomier foot box also allows for air to become an insulate. In turn, these boots were slightly warmer than a typical mild-weather boot. They did not out-perform the highest scorer in the warmth metric, however, the notable Bogs North Hampton.

The Jaunt Shorty providing surprising warmth in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Jaunt Shorty providing surprising warmth in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Fit


With whole sizes from 4-11, Crocs recommends sizing up if you wear a half-size. Our lead tester was a 7.5, so we purchased the 8. Unfortunately, we would have preferred sizing down instead. The roomy fit is very generous, and even with thick socks, we would have favored a snugger fit. The circumference of the boot opening is 12.5 inches, which is also rather wide for how short they are, adding to the feeling of being a bit too large, overall.

An interesting thing we read in numerous customer comments was that, if left in direct sunlight over long periods of time, these boots may shrink. We weren't willing to actively give that a test, but we left them near a shoe rack by a glass door and didn't notice any shrinkage.

Best Application


A jolly boot and very bold, these are ideal for general wear at home, around town, or in the garden. Surprisingly warm for the lack of a lining or added insulation, they will keep you comfortable across a wide range of temperatures, from about 40 to 80F.

Value


From Colorado, but manufactured in Vietnam, these ultralight Jaunt Shorty boots were the cheapest we recently reviewed, ringing in at $40. A great value for adequate rainwear, we would definitely recommend these simple Crocs.

Conclusion


A fun boot to wear if you're keen on the style and width. Providing the very basics, they are a highly durable and inexpensive option.

A closer look at the boot circumference and design of the Jaunt Shorty.
A closer look at the boot circumference and design of the Jaunt Shorty.


Sara Aranda