Who should buy the Oboz Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof

This upgraded waterproof Bridger boot from Oboz matches its premium asking price with remarkable top-to-bottom quality. Buy it if:

  • You wish to finish your thru-hike or pack trip without ending up with achy arches.
  • Hiking boots that are firm but not plank-like on flatter terrain are what you need.
  • You're looking for a pair of backpacking boots that provide over-the-ankle weather protection.

Who should NOT buy it

If you need something waterproof and breathable at the same time, check out the La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX instead. Also, trade the Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof for the Oboz Sawtooth II Mid if you want a pair that provides a snug fit through and through.

Fantastic support system

Adventurers in droves love that the Oboz Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof has "oodles of ankle support." A nurse who’s on his feet for 8-16 hours a day has found an excellent alternative to his KEEN boots in terms of support. He says he doesn’t “experience the fatigue and pain after work” anymore.

Others describe the supportiveness of this hiker with these statements:

  • "The perfect amount of support without being too rigid."
  • "The secureness is top-notch."
  • "Makes plantar fasciitis a thing of the past."
  • "Money well spent."

Oboz Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof: A comfort machine

With comments such as "comfort I require to function unimpaired" and "OMG are these comfortable," it is clear that trail-goers are over the moon about the plushness of the Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof. It is also ready to go right out of the box (it requires no break-in period)!

Keeps wetness at bay

Reviewers, including a gear pundit, are convinced that the boot in question is "waterproof to a fault." "They remained bone dry," said one of them, referring to his moisture-free feet after trudging through muddy fields and streams.

Not for sweaty feet

The Oboz Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof could be more breathable, according to experienced hikers. "I found them to be extremely hot," says one of them. Yet another laments that it's not for summer backpacking, saying that he won't be able to use it on a 50-mile loop in the Sierras this summer.

Grip that rocks

An expert doesn't doubt that the Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof "has incredible traction." Whether on mud or rocky streams, the boot is fully capable of anchoring the foot effortlessly.

Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof equals surprisingly light

Despite its 643-gram weight per piece and having tough overlays front and back, this Oboz kick is still viewed by a handful of hikers as light. One adventurer "never experienced any foot fatigue in it," swearing by its not-at-all-heavy weight.

A restful experience for your toes

Non-professional reviewers find the Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof's toe box satisfyingly spacious.

The multi-purpose Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof

Nature thrill-seekers are impressed with the all-around utility of the Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof. It's great for "climbing 14ers in Colorado," says one of them, while another is sold on its performance for hiking, fishing, and hunting.

Gets untied often

"It's hard to keep the laces tight," says one of the reviewers who rated the Bridger Premium Mid Waterproof with at least 3 stars out of 5.

Facts / Specs

Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Oboz Bridger
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Oboz

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.