O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.
Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious adventures. As a family, we appreciate clothing that is worth our hard-earned money. It’s what we wear and trust!
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L (now age 19 months) has been wearing MyMayu boots since she began to walk. Because she’s tiny, she used their 1/2 size well. She continues to rock them – and I love to see how easily they help HER walk!
But, this review is really all about MyMayu’s Explorer boots. Right now they’re available in sizes 5/6 – through size 2 (so about ~18 months to age 10 if you have an averaged-sized kid). J had a chance to try them out this summer, which he has been anxiously awaiting for over a year now. Since he’s older and more rigorous in his outdoor play, we wanted to see if they would really hold up, particularly in the following three areas:
- Quality of product (how long they will last)
As I had hoped, he put them to the test in some rather extreme situations during our trip to Alaska this summer. He wore them on a glacier and then in the mud (I’m really not sure if you can get more slippery surfaces than those, especially together). He then proceeded to do some serious wading in a glacial “pond”, courtesy of his MyMayu boots + DucKsday rain suit.
First of all, some distinguishing features of MyMayu Explorer boots:
- Super lightweight for easy playing (and not worrying about clunky boots)
- Rubber bottom and waterproof, breathable coated polyester on top
- Toggles at top of boot and ankle keep them on
- Easily paired with the helios liners for more warmth and therefor adaptability throughout the seasons
How they Performed:
- Waterproof: Yes, yes, yes. And, in fact, I think they are more “waterproof” that most rubber boots just in the fact that the top of the boot can be toggled closed to keep water from inadvertently splashing in. The photo above is showing serious, glacial mud. It’s obviously soupy, very messy, and incredibly sticky. The boots not only stayed on his feet (which would not happen in “regular” boots), but they also keep them dry and clean.
- Traction: This was actually the area I was the most skeptical of. It was the one thing I wish was more aggressive on L’s boots (above). However, even on the ice and very slippery mud, J did just surprisingly well. I kept waiting for him to fall and he had no issues at all. I think the tread pattern coupled with the fact that the soles are very flexible and “grippy” makes for a winning combination.
- Quality: While this one is best tested over years of product use, I CAN say that our other MyMayu boots that we HAVE had for well over a year now show no use at all. They are a well-built product made by people that really care.
The only downside:
The Explorer boots have a high shaft, keep feet dry and warm (coupled with the Helios liners), but they are NOT made for ankle support. I see them as a near-to-barefoot option with the protection of a boot. It’s just the tradeoff you have for boots that are super packable (which I loved with traveling) and lightweight. Not a real downside because they aren’t made to be supportive, but definitely a point to keep in mind.
MyMayu has generously offered a 15% discount on their site. Use code MOUNTAINMAMA15 through January 1, 2016.
MyMayu generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, we have purchased a few pair of MyMayu boots with our own money because we believe in and love them so much. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here.
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