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Oboz Bridger Mid BDry - Women's Review

As a very stiff option, these all-leather boots take time to break in, yet offer unsurpassed sturdiness
Oboz Bridger Mid BDry - Women's
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Price:  $180 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Very supportive, exeptionally durable, protective soles, waterproof
Cons:  Difficult to break in, very stiff, lacking flexibility in forefoot
Manufacturer:   Oboz
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 30, 2021
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#6 of 16
  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Support - 25% 9
  • Weight - 10% 5
  • Traction - 15% 8
  • Water Resistance - 15% 8
  • Durability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

A small company based out of Bozeman, Montana, Oboz brings a more traditionally designed hiking boot to our fleet of boots this year. The Bridger Mid BDry ended up being the stiffest, most durable boot we tested and required a bit more time to break in than some of the less burly models we tested. The tread is very aggressive, and the soles are thick to protect your feet on the gnarliest of trails. For those looking for a long-lasting, more traditional style hiking boot, the Bridger Mid BDry might be the boot for you. These boots have the support and sturdy construction to hold up on long backpacking trips or long hikes over rugged terrain. The Oboz Bridger is most at home on long, rugged hikes, preferably with a heavy load and a creek crossing or two.

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Pros Very supportive, exeptionally durable, protective soles, waterproofComfortable, waterproof, breathable, durable, relatively lightweightComfortable, durable, very cushioned, stable, supportive, lightweightComfortable, lightweight, durable, inexpensiveLightweight, comfortable, break in easily, supportive
Cons Difficult to break in, very stiff, lacking flexibility in forefootBulky lacesExpensive, take some time to break in, can be warm on hot daysLacks support of larger, heavier bootsMinimalist design could result in durability issues, fairly costly
Bottom Line As a very stiff option, these all-leather boots take time to break in, yet offer unsurpassed sturdinessA boot that excels in all metrics, this model offers exceptional performance for a wide range of hiking utility at a reasonable priceWith thick foam soles and a durable leather upper, these boots stand out as the most supportive pair we've reviewedThese are the right choice for folks looking to save a bit of cash while still getting a top-tier hiking bootA low weight, high-performance boot that excels on long, technical trails and short jaunts, too
Rating Categories Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Salomon X Ultra 4 M... Hoka One One Kaha G... Keen Targhee III Mid Vasque Breeze LT GTX
Comfort (25%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Support (25%)
9.0
8.0
10.0
7.0
7.0
Weight (10%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
10.0
Traction (15%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
Water Resistance (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Salomon X Ultra 4 M... Hoka One One Kaha G... Keen Targhee III Mid Vasque Breeze LT GTX
Weight Per Pair (Size 7.5, in lbs) 2.00 lbs 1.62 lbs 1.91 lbs 1.80 lbs 1.38 lbs
Upper Nubuck leather Synthetic, textile, rubber toecap Full-grain leather Oiled nubuck leather Microfiber mesh
Width Options Regular, Wide Regular Regular Regular Regular
Water Resistant Membrane BDry Gore-Tex eVent KEEN-Dry Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
Heel height (mm) 1.4 in 1.6 in 2.1 in 1.4 in 1.1 in
Shaft height (mm) 6.3 in 5.1 in 5.5 in 4.9 in 4.5 in
Midsole Dual Density EVA, nylon shank molded OrthoLite sockliner EVA Dual Density EVA Dual-density EVA
Sole Granite Peak carbon rubber Contagrip rubber, chevron lugs Vibram MegaGrip Rubber Vibram MegaGrip

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Oboz Bridger Mid is a well-made, aggressive all-leather hiking boot that will hold up to lots of trail miles with a large pack. It's available in regular and wide sizes, has a very durable leather upper, and a lacing system the pulls the heel in snug for a great fit. The BDry waterproof/breathable membrane keeps water out of socks, and the Granite Peak carbon rubber outsole with aggressive lugs helps this boot gain traction of hard and loose surfaces alike.

Performance Comparison


The Oboz Bridger Mid is a sturdy and stiff leather boot—great...
The Oboz Bridger Mid is a sturdy and stiff leather boot—great protection for desert adventures.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Comfort


These boots scored lower on comfort than any other metric because of their stiffness and long break-in period. They were almost debilitatingly stiff on steep terrain, especially trails with large rock steps. The stiffness of the leather upper made it difficult to flex the foot forward when walking uphill. That said, with time and a strategic break-in plan, these boots could become a great option for long backpacking trips.

The bulky midsole and leather upper make these some of the stiffest...
The bulky midsole and leather upper make these some of the stiffest boots we tested.
Photo: Eric Bissell

Support


The lower scores the Bridger Mid received in the comfort category are made up for in their ability to provide support for long periods. Our feet did feel very stable inside the Bridger Mid's due to the nylon shanks and thermoplastic urethane forefoot plates. There was little movement from side to side, and we never felt like our ankles were going to roll, even on uneven terrain. The boots have lots of padding on the sides, and the soles are thick, which made our feet feel protected and supported. The toe caps on the Oboz are beefy and make the Bridgers a good option for manual labor, as the thick rubber on the front protected our toes from rocks and tools.

360-degree stability is the name of the game with the Bridger Mid.
360-degree stability is the name of the game with the Bridger Mid.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Weight


At just over two pounds, these boots are fairly light for the amount of material used in their construction. The sole, especially the heel and toe rubber, seem bulky, and their all-leather upper makes them seem heavier than they actually are. But, the scale does not lie, so by the numbers, these are a fairly light boot for being so burly in their design.

Traction


With large side lugs and 4 mm directional lugs on the bottom, the Oboz Bridger feels grippy on rocky surfaces and loose gravel. Just by looking at them, we could tell that these would hold up to steep, variable terrain based on the thick, rubber soles and rubber toe and heel reinforcements.

Though they're not the stickiest boots in this review, the Oboz...
Though they're not the stickiest boots in this review, the Oboz Bridger have some of the most aggressive lug patterns we've seen on hiking boots.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Water Resistance


Constructed with waterproof Nubuck leather uppers, these boots will keep your feet dry even if they are fully submerged in flowing water for a minute or two. The height of the sole and the leather and rubber construction protect from shallow puddles, but even if the leather upper got wet, we never felt our feet get wet. All leather boots with waterproof coating perform very well in terms of water resistance, and the Bridgers demonstrate this.

With a waterproof membrane and waterproof leather uppers, these...
With a waterproof membrane and waterproof leather uppers, these boots do a stellar job protecting from moisture.
Photo: Eric Bissell

Durability


Few models can match the Oboz Bridger in durability. The design and choice of materials make these long-lasting shoes. Even after many days of wear, they still looked brand new. They are so tough that it was difficult to break them in, which was one of the few negatives we found with this boot.

Value


Because they are a small company that values using good quality materials, the Bridger Mid falls into the mid-range price category. They are definitely built to last. If you buy these you know you are purchasing a burly shoe that will last many hiking trips. There is value in the longevity of this high-quality boot.

These are a great option for folks determined to get a stiff...
These are a great option for folks determined to get a stiff, durable boot.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Conclusion


The Oboz Bridger Mid is a real blue-collar hiking boot. They are tough and durable, but because of this, we found them difficult to break in. Their thick sole and aggressive tread pattern had our feet feeling protected and stable on uneven terrain. The leather upper and integrated lacing system also provided ankle support. They are sturdy, durable, and very water-resistant. They seemed to shine on rugged trails and worked very well in all conditions — mud, rain, dust, gravel.

Jane Jackson