If you are serious about hiking in the winter or want your feet to be warm and dry, the Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Waterproof is a great option. It is the most comfortable winter boot we tested. Thinsulate lining keeps the boot cozy, and wool pile lines the cuff, hugging your ankles with softness and warmth. The molded footbeds are supportive while still leaving plenty of room for your toes to move around. The boot is waterproof. Its only limitation is a relatively short shaft, which might leave you wanting in deep snowdrifts, though it is gaiter compatible. On steep terrain, glaciers, and fresh snow, this boot has dependable traction. Its Winterized Rubber and deep lugs bite into snow and grab rocks.
Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Waterproof Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Comfortable, great traction, waterproof, warm, not bad looking
Cons: Short in the back
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Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Waterproof
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|Pros||Comfortable, great traction, waterproof, warm, not bad looking||Warm, wider-forefoot, waterproof, fantastic traction, stability and support||Cute, versatile, relatively warm, decent traction||Super cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.||Warm, great weather protection, removable liner, super thick outsole|
|Cons||Short in the back||Aggressive and techy look, not cozy, less arch support||Not super water-resistant||Expensive.||Sloppy and clunky fit, heavy, not very stylish|
|Bottom Line||The most comfortable winter boot we tested, and it has burly traction, making it perfect for winter backcountry adventures.||A great winter hiker, perfect for slippery trails and long days.||A versatile and cute winter boot for all purposes.||The epitome of comfort and warmth, wrapped in a cute winter boot.||A perfect option for winter chores in cold weather.|
|Rating Categories||Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Wa...||Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat||Shellista II Mid||UGG Adirondack III||Sorel Caribou - Women's|
|Weather Protection (25%)|
|Comfort & Fit (20%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Oboz Bridger 7"...||Bugaboot Plus IV...||Shellista II Mid||UGG Adirondack III||Sorel Caribou -...|
|Maximum puddle depth before major leaking||6 inches||6 inches||6.75 inches||8 inches||10 inches|
|Measured Weight (ounces, one boot, size nine)||1 lb. 3.5 oz (size 7)||1 lb. 3.75 oz (size 7)||1 lb. 5.90 ounces||1 lb. 5 ounces||2 lb. 1.35 ounces|
|Fit Details||True to size||True to size||True to size||True to size||True to size|
|Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft)||7 inches||7.5 inches||11 inches||10 inches||11 inches|
|Lining/Insulation||200 gram 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation||Omni-Heat reflective lining||200g PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Eco||UGGpure wool||9mm recycled felt inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff|
|Footbed||O FIT Insole™ Thermal||Techlite EVA||Injection-molded waterproof TPR shell||EVA||2.5mm bonded felt frost plug|
|Upper Material||Waterproof nubuck leather||Leather, nylon||Waterproof, BLC-compliant nubuck leather upper, knit collar||Waterproof suede and leather||Waterproof nubuck leather|
|Toe Box||Molded rubber||Rubber||Rubber||Rubber||Rubber|
|Outsole||Granite Peak winterized rubber||Michelin winter compound rubber||Winter Grip rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs.||Molded Spider Rubber||Vulcanized rubber|
|Company-claimed cold-weather rating||n/a||-25||n/a||-32||-40|
|Animal products used?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sizes Available||6 - 11||5 - 12||5 - 11||5 - 12||5 - 12|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Waterproof boot is legit. We wore these winter hiking boots to the top of snow-covered volcanos and tested them for traction, warmth, and comfort. With a form-fitting shoe bed, cozy insulation, and excellent traction, we wore them to the summit and back, across glaciers and fresh snow, and would happily wear them all winter long.
With 200-grams of Thinsulate insulation, this winter hiker provides excellent warmth for your winter backcountry adventures. The Bridger boot was a top performer in our ice bath test, losing only 14.7 degrees over the course of 20 minutes, making us believers in the B-Dry and Thinsulate system. Indeed, it kept our toes super toasty during cold winter hikes.
We found that this 200 grams of Thinsulate feels warmer than 200 grams of many other types of insulation. Consequently, this boot provides extra warmth with less bulk and kept us warm into colder temps. The lacing system locks in heat while the wool-topped collar adds coziness. The Bridger is fitted with a removable thermal insole that ensures your foot is warm underneath and the rubber sole is thick and insulating from frozen ground.
The wool pile topping on the cuff adds a little flair and provides a barrier against cold air. The lining is cozy and soft on our ankles and provides support for all-day adventures.
During our waterproof test, we wore every boot in four inches of water in a cold alpine lake for 10 minutes. Its nubuck weather upper proved to be 100% waterproof. In the depth test, it only let in water when we reached the height of the cuff, in six inches of water. It was also perfectly waterproof when hiking in sleet and wet snow for hours. Just as importantly, these boots breathe well. When we were working hard uphill, our feet didn't get soaked with sweat.
The suede is treated with DWR to help it repel water, and Oboz recommends treating the outside of the boot annually. While that helps water bead up at the service, there is also a waterproof and breathable membrane sandwiched into the upper that truly keeps water out. This boot has you covered!
The Oboz is the shortest of the winter hiking boots we tested. While it lives up to it's 7" name at the front of the cuff, the back is a full inch shorter. This could be a problem for deep drifts, but snow pants or a gaiter can provide additional protection. If you are looking for a taller hiking-style winter boot, there is a 9-inch version of the Bridger Insulated Waterproof available (which we did not test).
Comfort & Fit
Of all the winter hiking boots we tested, the Bridger is the most comfortable. It has an engineered insole that keeps our feet in place while giving us enough room to wiggle toes in thicker socks. We never experienced pinching, hot spots, or cold toes, not even on the first hike! Women often have narrow heels, and this boot hugged ours comfortably with zero slip even on the steepest slopes. The insole provides arch support and is intended to keep the foot in a neutral position. We all agreed that the heel felt slightly lifted at first and then quickly forgot about it.
Oboz says the heel is shaped to a B-width while the toe box is a C-width, allowing for the extra volume in the toe box. Because hiking boot laces are so adept at adjusting for different foot shapes and sizes, these boots worked for testers with narrow to medium width feet. Overall, we are big fans of its comfort and fit, and it led the test in this metric!
This boot has deep and varied lugs aplenty! They dug into the snow and held traction in steep, loose, and wet terrain. This boot has the deepest lugs of the boots we tested, and its Winterized Rubber stays grippy in a range of conditions.
We motored along in soft, slippery snow and moved with confidence on frozen trails. Ice is a challenge, no matter the boot. In our ice traction test, the Bridger was good, but not the best. As a result, its score is a little lower in this test.
Ease of Use
Any hiking boot with a dialed-in fit doesn't let you just kick it off when you get back to the house. They have to be untied, you may have to unhook the top two lace hooks, and you might even need to loosen the laces. That said, once untied, it opens up generously and is easy enough to slip on or off.
As for getting the right fit, the lower-bulk lining means that getting the boot tied comfortably for a long hike is a piece of cake.
This boot is in the middle price range of the hikers we tested. With the excellent support, warmth, and traction it offers, it will not let you down on your winter adventures. It scored highly in all metrics and we feel it is worth the price. It is best for ladies looking for a winter hiker that isn't too ugly or techy looking.
The Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Waterproof boot is an excellent winter hiking boot that easily became a favorite. While it is suited for cold backcountry adventures, it can certainly be used while walking the dog, shoveling snow and all the rest. It offers great warmth, breathability, and will allow you to tackle winter without a second thought.
— Laurel Hunter