Review by Arnie P
The Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots were provided for review.
Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots
About the Oboz company
The company was founded in Bozeman, Montana in the year 2007. The company was founded by people who had been working for brand-name companies and decided that their main principle in designing and making shoes would be “True to the Trail”. I like it when I learn that the people who design the product actually use the product they are designing. I suggest going to their website to learn more about the company. They are making an effort to be ecologically sound by using wind power. Also, most employees commute by bike, and they plant a tree for every pair of shoes sold. The company name is derived from the words Outside and Bozeman becoming Oboz.
The Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots come in the colors Sudan, Black, Scotch Brown, and Shale Gray. Sizes available are 7-12 in half sizes, and 13, 14. This boot is available in a normal and wide width. The boot is Mid cut covering the ankle. There is added material at the toe for protection. The heel is rounded which I believe helps my stability on the trail. The top of the boot sloped down toward the heel end of the boot. This helps in putting on the boot. All the lacing loops are raised and are closed except for the top pair. The bottom 2 pair are fabric loops, followed by 2 pair of metal and a fifth pair of fabric. The very top pair are open metal hooks. The upper part of the boots is made with a waterproof, breathable membrane.
There is also the Women’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots that come in Rio Red, Cool Gray, and Walnut. Sizes available are 6-11 in half sizes. This boot is available in a normal and wide width.
Specifications for boots received
Size: Men’s 9 US
Style: Mid cut
Left: 19 oz / 538 g
Right: 19 oz / 538 g
Left: 19.4 oz / 549 g
Right: 19.5 oz / 552 g
The website mentions that Acadia National Park was in their minds when this boot was designed. Since I hike in New England and have camped and hiked at Acadia National Park, it looks like these boots may fulfill my wish for a boot designed with New England in mind.
Trying the Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots
When I first looked at these boots they looked small. I rarely try anything until I have at least taken pictures. Curiosity got the best of me and I tried one shoe on wearing thin socks. It felt tight. The next day after taking pictures I was ready to try the Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots on for real. I started with thin socks and the fit was snug. Since it was raining I walked around the house. Then I sat near my pellet stove where it was in the low 80’s. The shoes got warm and then I walked around the house again. The fit was now perfect. If the fit gets better I may have trouble noticing it. There was adequate room in the toe box which is an important area. Too tight and you can get blisters between the toes and too loose you can get blisters on the bottom of your feet. It was raining last night when I walked to the shopping plaza. There were some deep puddles, my feet stayed dry but not the pants I was wearing. The length of the shoelaces is perfect and they stayed tied.
My test plan
Since I don’t like surprises on a hiking trip, I like to do several things before going on a hike. This includes wearing the shoes at the gym, doing cardio and all the other various equipment. My gym has a stair-master machine that functions well, so I will spend time on that as well other machines. I find some yard work, like using a ladder, is a good test. Then I will wear them on my weekly hikes in Harold Parker State Forest. I also walk in other areas.
Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about the Oboz Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots in my next report. I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Oboz for the opportunity to test the Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots.