The Oboz Bridger Mid B-Dry boots offer above average protection and stability at a comfortable weight. They hold up to lengthy hikes on rugged trail surfaces though the all leather upper is not as breathable for warmer weather hiking.
Support and Stability Despite a slightly lower than average 4.25″ high ankle shaft, the combined attributes of the Oboz boot’s deeply padded collar, molded heel counter, nylon shank and wider than average 4″ Vibram outsoles provided exceptional support and stability across a variety of trails. These boots held up to lengthy hikes across rugged terrain with virtually zero foot or ankle fatigue.
Protection The Oboz Bridger’s oversized, durable rubber toe caps, exterior heel counters and thick leather upper construction provided above average protection against the perils of the trail. The thick tri-level Vibram outsoles were impervious to pointy surfaces. A gusseted tongue kept debris out.
Comfort These boots ran true to size. They did require a small amount of break in, with some initial stiffness around the ankles. Of all of the boots tested, the Oboz were by far the most comfortable. They fit snuggly, but comfortably, with an ample toe box, deep padding in all of the right places, and highly protective, cushioning insoles that warded off foot fatigue on long hikes. Their all leather uppers are less breathable than the boots with mesh inserts, which could be a consideration for hot climates.
Traction With their unusually wide 4″ Vibram outsole, and deep v-shaped, 4.5 mm lugs that wrap around the exterior edges, these boots provided above average traction across a wide array of trail surfaces.
Weight At 16 ounces, these boots were the second heaviest tested. That being said, their comfortably snug fit and technically sound construction manages to distribute their weight evenly, for a surprisingly light feel and excellent overall performance. No foot fatigue was experienced during lengthy hikes.