Bogs Urban Farmer Review
Cons: Uncomfortable around the ankles, difficult to get on, poor water protection
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Bogs Urban Farmer Insulated, costing $100, is a short-cut rain boot that functions well for quick stints out in mild, wet weather. This relatively versatile boot isn't just for walking the dog in the rain…it also features a rigid internal steel shank that makes shoveling and other heavy-duty yard chores more comfortable. This extra feature, however, also makes it weigh more than any other short boot in this review. From the bottom of the sole to the lowest point of the shaft, it only measures 4.5 inches tall, which means it provides the least protection from rain compared to its competitors. Most importantly, this boot is not very comfortable over extended amounts of time due to its very tight fit around the ankles, which also makes it difficult to put on and take off.
Being the shortest rain boot in this review at 4.5 inches tall, this runt scored very near the bottom of the pool in this metric. The Urban Farmer is too short to handle splashing through puddles or wading through creeks. Also, the bottom of your pants will probably get soggy in most wet conditions, because it's nearly impossible to tuck them into the boot. On a positive note, the snug opening around the ankle doesn't allow any rain, mud, or debris inside.
This rain boot both impressed and distressed us in terms of comfort. It features a unique dual-density EVA insole that is rigid in the heel, yet cushioned in the ball and heel of the foot. This, coupled with the stiff steel shank inside the thick rubber outsole, makes for a pretty comfy footbed, even when walking on uneven surfaces like rocks and roots. However, enjoy that comfort while it lasts! The elastic opening that fits around the ankle has a very small circumference (just 11 inches). It squeezed our ankles so tight, that our reviewers' feet went numb and tingly after wearing them for only 15-20 minutes. For a supremely comfortable short boot, check out the award winning LaCrosse Hampton.
This model scored decently in this metric.The less aggressive tread provides lots of surface area contact with the ground, which is great in urban environments like wet pavement. Although it doesn't have deep lugs like the heavier duty Bogs Classic High - Men's or The Original Muck Boot Company Chore Mid, the wavy and textured tread fared well on the slick rocks we tested them on in creeks, as well as muddy trails.
The Urban Farmer showed some versatility in this metric. With 4mm Neo-Tech insulation, this boot can handle cool weather fairly well. Of the ankle-cut boots in this review, it kept our toes warm the longest when submerged in ice cold water. Largely due to its short height, our reviewers also found it to be suitable on warmer days in the spring and fall. We wouldn't recommend it on hot and rainy summer days, but you will probably want another type of shoes in that situation anyhow. If you need a boot that can handle much colder temperatures, check out our champs of the chill, the Kamik Icebreaker or The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Sport - Men's.
This metric is where this rain boot scored its highest points. Its short height allows it to hide beneath the bottom of your pants, which makes it hard to notice that you're wearing a rain boot at all. The matte finish also keeps it from sticking out. Though it scored well, it didn't get as many points as the LaCrosse Hampton or the Tretorn Strala, which are both more narrow and sleek.
Ease of Use
This product didn't soar above the competition in this category for two reasons. First, although lightweight compared to most of the tall-shafted models, it was the heaviest of the short boots, and felt clunky underfoot in comparison. Second, its small circumference makes pulling the boots on a serious undertaking, despite the added features of the pull-on tabs. Ridges on the back of the heels makes removing the boots a decidedly easier task, however.
This is one of the only boots in this review that actually felt true-to-size. The size 11 fit great on a size 11 foot. Our heels stayed securely in its place, and our toes had just enough wiggle room in the toe box. However, keep in mind that the opening is very tight (11 inches) and has a tendency to squeeze the ankles uncomfortably.
We found the best application for the Urban Farmer to be short trips out in wet weather, such as walking our pets or running to the grocery store. The stiff outsoles and decent traction makes them suitable for most chores in muddy backyards. However, we don't recommend relying on them all day, as they will quickly become uncomfortable.
This rain boot, retailing at $100, was the fourth least expensive rain boot in this review. Yet, for the same price, the LaCrosse Hampton is a similar style of boot that offers much better performance. Therefore, we don't think the Urban Farmer is a great value.
Throughout our testing, we experienced several things we liked about the Bogs Urban Farmer, such as its comfortable footbed, versatility in various temperatures, and style. However, the drawbacks of being too tight around the ankles, poor water resistance, and difficulty in using them were too great to be overlooked, and therefore limit the overall utility and value of this product significantly.
— Ross Robinson