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Crocs Jaunt Shorty Review

Price:  $40 List | $34.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Affordable, wide footbox, comfortable
Cons:  Mediocre traction, low weather protection
Bottom line:  Playful and bright, they are a great, simple low-top rain boot.
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Shaft Height (from ground to top of shaft):  7.75 in
Weight (for pair tested):  1.05 lbs
Mouth Circumference:  12.5 in
Manufacturer:   Crocs

Our Verdict

Truly one of the lightest rain boots we've tested, the Crocs Jaunt Shorty will float like a rubber duck (and ours are yellow like one, too). They provided sufficient comfort and style and performed above average in weather protection, traction, and warmth. It's a low top, 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 are also bright and playful; as a result, they will appeal to some, while others may not find the bright colors as attractive, particularly as a rain boot. Rest assured, they are available in a color that will not make you feel like a Skittle. If you dig the shorty style, you might also like the Joules Wellibob or the Sperry Saltwater Duck.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Sara Aranda

Last Updated:
Thursday
January 4, 2018

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The Crocs Jaunt Shorty are bright in color and constructed for a 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 L.L. Bean Wellies. They also have holes cut out from the sides of the shaft which diminish the overall effective waterproofing down to 5.25 inches.

Comfort


An impressive 1.05 lbs for the size 8 we tested, this model is easy to carry and pack, not to mention walk in. It is built with a shorter shaft, which means mobility is not impeded until going up an incline. The Croslite resin itself is firm and did not bother us until we tried to walk uphill, where the front of the shaft did not flex for our shins. The Shorty 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, the Shorty earned a respectable 7 out of 10 but was bested by the comfort of the Hunter Original, Kamik Heidi, and Xtratuf Legacy, our three award winners, along with the Bogs North Hampton.

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. The Jaunt Shorty comes in four different colors: black, navy, berry, and lemon. We purchased the lemon and they are sure 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 a little more fashionable, we like the low-top Saltwater Duck Boot. The other low-top model in our review is the Joules Wellibob, which earned the same comfort level of the Jaunt Shorty.

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 a better in wet grass and even more so on wet, flat surfaces. If you need a boot with off-road capabilities, we like 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 the typical mild-weather boot, definitely more so than the Helly Hansen Veierland 2, but not as much as the Sperry Saltwater Duck, or the highest scorer in the warmth metric, 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 wear a half-size. Our lead tester was a 7.5, so we purchased the 8. Unfortunately, we would have much 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. On the other hand, an interesting thing we read in numerous user reviews was that if left in direct sunlight over long periods of time, these boots may shrink. We weren't willing to give that a test. 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 65F.

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 cheery Crocs.

Conclusion


A fun boot to wear and bright in color, they seem to be the definition of a standard rain boot with Crocs flair for all your informal needs.

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

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