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Baffin Enduro Review

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Price:  $55 List | $52.46 at Amazon
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Pros:  Highly waterproof, stiff construction for rough terrain, great traction
Cons:  Looser fit, lacks insulation
Bottom line:  The Enduro boasts a phenomenal price for such a rugged boot.
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Weight of pair in pounds:  5.49
Shaft Height (in inches - from bottom of sole to lowest point at top of shaft):  16.25
Lining/Insulation:  Synthetic
Manufacturer:   Baffin

Our Verdict

When we think of rain boots, we imagine a boot much like the Baffin Enduro: thick rubber, stiff but comfortable enough to walk in for hours, waterproof up to our calves, and ruggedly utilitarian. With a 16.25 inch shaft, we found we didn't need to worry how much we were splashing around because the water wasn't getting in. The Gel-Flex shock-absorbing heels and midsoles make these boots far more comfortable than they look like they should be. And these boots were easy to slip in and out of due to their large circumference. If you're not looking for the utmost in comfort (Bogs Ultra Classic High), insulation (Original Muck Boots Company Arctic Sport), or subtlety (Bogs Carson), the Enduro is your boot.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Richard Forbes

Last Updated:
Monday
February 12, 2018

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The Baffin Enduro is, without hesitation, the best deal in our test. For only $55, you can get this boot, which performed objectively better than 80% of the boots in the test and cost less than all but one. This is an absurdly good deal, for a boot that will stand up to a lot of use and abuse. If you have to have insulation or extreme comfort, go for one of the other award winners, but with thick socks and a decent insole, you can go far in the Enduro.

Performance Comparison


These boots walk the fine line between surprisingly affordable and well built.
These boots walk the fine line between surprisingly affordable and well built.

Water Resistance


The shaft on the Enduro is the third highest in the test (behind the Original Muck Boots Company Arctic Sport and the Hunter Original Tall) and measures in at a respectable 16.25 inches.


These boots will be enough for any storm that might find you, and if you plan to be in deeper water than these can handle, you should probably look into waders.

They can easily handle water three times as deep.
They can easily handle water three times as deep.

Comfort


The Enduro is on the stiffer end of boots we tested, but this doesn't mean they're not comfortable underfoot.


Due to their Gel-Flex shock-absorbing heels and midsoles, they feel pretty good on hard surfaces, and we were able to wear them for long periods without much pain. Since these do fit a little looser, they flap around slightly as we walk in them, though this doesn't cause any big issues. Their biggest issue in terms of comfort is how much the rubber folds in and presses against our shins, though this issue was not as bad as it was in the other thinner rubber boots - the Hunters, XTRATUFs, and the RK boots. This only felt like an issue on steeper hills, but different testers found it to be variably unpleasant.

You can see how much the Baffin (on the left) is buckling against the tester's ankle  while the Classic Ultra doesn't display much of this issue on the right.
You can see how much the Baffin (on the left) is buckling against the tester's ankle, while the Classic Ultra doesn't display much of this issue on the right.

Be aware that the insoles that come in these are pretty minimal. If you're hoping to spend all day in these, you'll likely need to put in something more supportive (after which, they're great).

This is not enough insole.
This is not enough insole.

Traction


The Enduro has an impressive amount of traction due to its large and tightly studded outsole. We found these were reliably near the top of the pack when it came to snow, ice, wet grass, mud, and streambeds, and were only beat out by the heavy-duty Arctic Sport.


Even when we ran up and down wet grassy hills, we didn't feel like we were going to slip in these boots. They also did better than most on ice and slight powder over ice, both surfaces that challenged all the boots in the test.

Just look at how solid that outsole is.
Just look at how solid that outsole is.

Warmth


The Enduro boots are uninsulated, which kept us comfortable in warmer temperatures (though we still wouldn't want to wear them much above 60°F).


However, with decent socks, even these uninsulated boots did well in the snow and cold water of the Puget Sound, potentially due to their thicker rubber. They did not hold up well in the ice-water test; our feet felt the cold almost immediately and were uncomfortable after 30 seconds. However, this was not a remarkably bad performance, as all the uninsulated boots struggled with this test.

The Enduro is definitely not insulated...
The Enduro is definitely not insulated...

Style


Our testers found the Enduro boots to be relatively controversial, with some testers giving them high marks, while others found their utilitarian styling to look dumpy.


These boots wouldn't look out of place paired with Carhartts in a casual bar, but you'd be hard-pressed to dress them up at all. The unique pyramid patterning around the base of the shoe (and featured in a mysterious circle on either side of the ankle) adds some interesting texture to the boot, but also destroys the possibility that anyone might mistake these for anything other than heavy-duty rain boots.

The Enduro's solid grip made us feel confident on all terrains  even balancing on damp driftwood.
The Enduro's solid grip made us feel confident on all terrains, even balancing on damp driftwood.

Ease of Use


The Enduros are simple boots to use.


They have the largest circumference in the test (17.5") and are easy to put on and take off while standing. To put them on, literally, all you need to do is put your foot in and push down. Many of the softer boots buckle at the ankle, but the stiffer Baffins let your feet slide right in. And you can use the slight lug at the back of the boot to kick them off (again while standing).

These boots were not the easiest to hose off, as gravel got stuck between the deep lugs, though this wasn't as big an annoyance as with the XTRATUFs. While these boots were quite heavy (at 5.49 lbs), we didn't find that they weighed us down too badly.

They slide on quite easily  with just a little tug necessary on the back of the shaft to help seat your heel.
They slide on quite easily, with just a little tug necessary on the back of the shaft to help seat your heel.

Fit


These size 12 boots fit our size 12 feet well, with around a 1/2 an inch of forward and back space, and fit relatively accurately width wise on our D width forefeet. They have a lot more volume in the ankle area, which leads to some flapping as our ankles move in the boot, though with good socks this has not resulted in any blisters.

Best Applications


The Enduros are great in more moderate climates. If you're expecting temperatures to drop below 20°F, you should consider a more insulated boot, but these boots would be fully sufficient for most activities in the Pacific Northwest as long as you have some thicker socks. The tread will help you stay upright in all but the worst conditions, and even though the boots are pretty stiff, they do surprisingly well on long days. Anyone who needs a high-shafted rain boot should consider these, and they'd be especially good for farming in muddy conditions as long as it's not too cold.

With thick socks  the Enduro kept us passably comfortable in the snow  though other (more insulated) boots kept us even warmer.
With thick socks, the Enduro kept us passably comfortable in the snow, though other (more insulated) boots kept us even warmer.

Value


This model costs $55, which is an incredible deal. They're built stiffly enough that we don't have any concerns about durability, and the outsole is solid and will last well on a variety of surfaces. The only place these boots cut any corners is with the insole, which is pretty flimsy (though not as bad as some in the test). If you have to have the best of the best, go with one of the other (significantly more expensive) award-winners (like the Bogs Ultra Classic High), but these are absolutely the best bang for your buck.

If you're looking to save some cash  the Enduro is the best boot in this test.
If you're looking to save some cash, the Enduro is the best boot in this test.

Conclusion


The Baffin Enduro boots are a fantastic option for those who aren't looking to break the bank, yet who need reliable and highly waterproof boots with great traction. If you're not looking for lots of comfort and warmth, it's hard to justify getting any other boots. Here's a quick breakdown on the math: if you want to get a better pair of boots than these, you'd have to spend more than twice as much money. Are the Editor's Choice and other Top Picks more than twice as good as the Baffin? If you have very specific needs, yes. Otherwise, get the Enduro. You won't be disappointed (as long as you add a more comfortable insole!)
Richard Forbes

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