Verdict from 2 experts and 47 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • A great number of wearers hailed the Bridger Ridge High as an amazingly comfortable day hiking gear.
  • This Kenetrek boot was rated quite highly by several reviewers for having excellent ankle support.
  • Its fit runs true to size, based on a few reports.
  • The cuteness of the women’s version of this footgear elated a couple of users.
  • A hiker was able to loosen up the boot in less than a few days.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Kenetrek Bridger Ridge High was downvoted by some owners for its underwhelming waterproofing.
  • About a handful of testers found displeasure in the gear’s narrow toe box.
  • Its outsole peeling off at the forefoot in just a matter of days was harshly criticized by a consumer.

Bottom line

If there is one thing that the Bridger Ridge High can give in aces, comfort will likely be it. Fortunately, the boot is more than just comfortable; it is also remarkably ankle supportive. Its great-fitting confines should not be overlooked either. What die-hard hikers might not appreciate in this Kenetrek footgear, however, is its unreliable water protection. Overall, the Bridger Ridge High, despite clearly missing the mark in the waterproofing category, still makes for a competent boot thanks to its combination of quality traits and capabilities.

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Good to know

  • The Bridger Ridge High is specially designed for challenging day hikes in the inclement weather. Its ability to shield the foot from most wet elements is powered by the Event waterproofing technology.
  • This updated version has a burlier profile compared with its former self. Its lacing system has also been given a revamped design.

Kenetrek’s Bridger Ridge High is an adequately true-to-size, high-cut day hiking boot for men and women. It is offered in standard width in full and half sizes. Its redesigned lacing system provides lockdown security and fit precision, while the pull tab on its heel speeds up on and off.

Taking the punches of the rough terrain is the Bridger Ridge High’s rubber outsole. Its sticky, textured surface is engineered with heavy-duty lugs for multi-directional grip over uneven terrain. It also comes equipped with a heel brake, a feature allowing wearers to have better control while descending slopes.

Hikers get to navigate the ruggedness of the trail with enough cushioning and stability thanks to the boot’s carbon fiber midsole. Its thick build is especially noticeable at the heel, offering shock mitigation on ground contact. A supportive insert helps this cushy platform give users extra comfort underfoot.

The Kenetrek Bridger Ridge High covers the foot in its stitched-on over-the-ankle upper. It is imbued with a waterproof membrane from eVent which makes the boot both watertight and breathable. The women's version has overlays that maintain the structure of the boot. On the other hand, the men's version has an overlay shaped like a “K” that provides not only decent abrasion protection but also additional heel support. A similar protective element is engineered at the tip of the upper, giving users ample toe protection.

Cinching the foot in place is the boot’s lacing system. Fabric loops and metallic open hooks make up its combination eyelets.


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