Bogs Crandall II Tall Adjustable - Women's Review
Cons: Not the warmest, limited traction, not sturdy enough for trail use
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|Pros||Lightweight, flexible, good coverage, adjustable calf||Good value, ultra warm, great traction, highly waterproof||Warm, great weather protection, removable liner||Protective, durable, very warm, breathable, excellent traction, high value||Lightweight, super soft interior, durable leather exterior|
|Cons||Not the warmest, limited traction, not sturdy enough for trail use||Only ankle-high coverage, hiking-specific style, narrow fit||Clunky fit, very heavy, not very stylish||Less stylish, somewhat heavy, stiff collar||Unimpressive outsole traction|
|Bottom Line||This lightweight, breathable boot is fashionable for everyday wear but best used for milder winters||This well-priced boot hits all the marks with a winter-friendly design that maintains great traction, weatherproofing, and warmth||A warm, bulky, and durable boot built for a lifetime of Alaska-grade winters but that isn't light or comfortable enough for extended use or mobile activities||Great for winter hiking on slippery trails thanks to incredible traction, support, and weatherproofing||One of the most comfortable choices in our lineup, with a soft, heat-retentive interior and durable, waterproof exterior|
|Rating Categories||Bogs Crandall II Ta...||Merrell Thermo Chil...||Sorel Caribou - Wom...||Keen Revel IV Polar...||The North Face Shel...|
|Weather Protection (25%)|
|Comfort And Fit (20%)|
|Specs||Bogs Crandall II Ta...||Merrell Thermo Chil...||Sorel Caribou - Wom...||Keen Revel IV Polar...||The North Face Shel...|
|Maximum Puddle Depth Before Major Leaking||10"||6"||10"||7"||7"|
|Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft)||13"||6"||10.5"||7"||10"|
|Measured Weight (per pair, size 7)||3.03 lbs||1.79 lbs||3.78 lbs||2.41 lbs||2.25 lbs|
|Type of Boot||Winter workwear||Winter hiking||All-around winter||Winter hiking||All-around winter|
|Fit Details||Runs big||True to size||Runs big||True to size, wide||True to size|
|Lining/Insulation||3mm Neo-Tech waterproof insulation and low-pile faux fur||M Select Warm (200g)||9mm recycled felt liner||200 grams KEEN.WARM Recycled PET||Heatseeker Eco Pro (200g)|
|Footbed||BLOOM EVA||Kinetic Fit BASE||N/A||EVA||OrthoLite|
|Upper Material||52.5% textile/47.5% rubber||Waterproof PU-coated leather and mesh||Waterproof nubuck leather||Mesh and Leather||Full-grain leather and ballistic nylon|
|Outsole||Rubber||M Select GRIP||Aero-trac rubber||KEEN.Polar Traction||Surface Control rubber|
|Company Claimed Cold Weather Rating||-40°C/-40°F||Not stated||Not stated||-32°C/-25°F||Not stated|
|Temp Change in Ice Bath||-13 F||-5.2 F||-6.9 F||-3.8 F||-6.5 F|
|Sizes Available||6 - 12||5 - 11||5 - 12||5 - 12||5 - 11|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Bogs Crandall II Tall is a comfortable and flexible boot made for errands and long workdays. We found it exceptionally easy to move in, with great coverage and solid waterproofness. Unfortunately, a lack of structure in the upper and an absence of lugs on the outsole made it difficult and somewhat nerve-wracking to walk on icy or snowy surfaces, particularly those that were uneven or on an incline.
Warmth was not a strong suit for the Crandall. The 3mm Neo-Tech membrane and low-pile faux fur were enough insulation to stay warm through late fall days and early winter storms in California, but the boot's warmth capabilities fell short in colder winter temperatures. Luckily, the Neo-Tech waterproof membrane is highly breathable and water-resistant, so our feet stayed dry when strolling through wet conditions.
The 1-inch rubber outsole insulated our feet from the cold ground and puddles, but the rubber around the midsole is not thick enough to maintain insulation for longer than an hour unless you're actively moving. Thanks to an adjustable calf feature, the upper shaft is roomy, leaving plenty of space to tuck your pants in but too much space to keep out cold airflow.
The Crandall II showed a significant temperature change in our ice bath tests and ended up being one of our last choices on snowier, colder winter days. If you live in a warmer climate and need a boot to get you from point A to point B on winter days, this will do the trick, but it won't provide the same level of traction or warmth that you will find in other boots in our lineup.
The Crandall II Tall scored amongst the best in weather protection thanks to the high shaft, though there are some notable shortcomings derived from the boot's looser fit. The boots are perfect for light snow and rain days that don't require a bulky base or burly fur insulation. These boots excelled in puddle tests, and the black exterior seemed to expel mud, dirt, and water.
A rubber strap and a flexible neoprene panel are built into the rear top shaft, creating space for those with larger calves, and the strap can easily be cinched down for those who want a tighter fit. We love this feature, but if you're not diligent about fastening the strap down, there is enough space for moisture to sneak its way into the boot if you're traveling through high snowdrifts. Otherwise, the tall structure kept our pants dry throughout the testing period, no matter what we did.
Comfort and Fit
The Crandall II may not have a warm and fuzzy liner, but the lightweight upper and cushy sole had us feeling like we were walking on a cloud. We wore this for an entire workday without complaints. However, the footbed and toe box felt a bit roomy for our testers with a high arch and narrow foot. For those with wider feet or wider calves, you will probably love the fit of this boot. Luckily, the boot is light enough to not weigh you down between steps. All in all, this is a great option for those in search of a stylish, lightweight, over-the-pant boot.
We frequently see neoprene in work boots and rain boots intended to provide a high level of waterproofness. Neoprene is used in wetsuits, scuba suits, and other water-resistant apparel and footwear. It's super reliable and rip-resistant. Depending on the frequency of use and the conditions the neoprene is exposed to, you can expect this material to last through many years of wear.
The low pile faux fur lining the upper of the Crandall II Tall is soft, pliable, and lightweight. It contributes to consistent flexibility and comfort with all-day use but is not entirely conducive for winter conditions and terrain. The upper materials mixed with an absence of a proper shaft behind the heel leave little to no structure to keep your ankles from rolling on uneven terrain. While we expect the boots to last for many seasons, they may not stay strong through heavy use on rough terrain.
The outsole pattern on the Crandall II Tall is a bit of a letdown. There are no protruding lugs to accentuate grip on icy or snowy surfaces. Based on our assessment of the warmth and weather protection features, the criss-cross wave pattern on the sole makes sense for use on wet pavement but not so much for uneven snowy surfaces. We found ourselves slipping around quite a bit on off-roading trail hikes.
The Crandall II Tall falls on the lower end of the pricing spectrum for our winter boot lineup. We felt a bit indifferent about the boot in the performance comparison process as you could spend a little more money and get a warmer, more versatile boot. Still, while it's not the best winter footwear for the colder climates, it's a solid option for fall, spring, and warmer winter days. For this reason, we feel it has good value as an all-day comfort boot.
Unfortunately, the Bogs Crandall II Tall Adjustable didn't excel in any one category, though the weather protection and comfort are notable exceptions that pleased us on wetter winter days. If you want to spend a little less on an everyday boot that keeps your feet dry and feels light as a feather, this is a great option.
— Liz Chamberlain
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