I bought a new pair of Oboz Bridger Mids. I purchased them for my backpacking, hiking and daily wear. The last boots I bought were Ahnu, before those I purchased Merrells. I am anxious to see how these work. The Merrrells were terrible for me, I ended up with blisters on my first day of an 11-day hike that began in the Sequoia National Park. My Ahnu’s were great, they lasted two years of 7-day hiking in Emigrant Wilderness, the mountains of Honduras and daily use.
I have a wide foot with a high instep. These boots have a special insole called BFit soles. Here is what Oboz says about their insoles on their website, “BFit Insoles: Align feet biomechanically. Every pair of Oboz comes outfitted with a supportive, quality insole—on par with premium aftermarket insoles, but engineered just for our shoes.” I think this will be helpful for me, with my high instep and wide foot.
The boot is what Oboz calls BDry (waterproof), because of these three components, “The crux is our proprietary tape-sealed polyurethane film bootie, which waterproofs shoes but still lets sweat escape. Second, all of our BDry shoes come with hydrophobic upper materials, meaning the rest of the shoe won’t absorb water. And finally, the textile lining inside BDry boots wicks sweat away, so feet stay dry from the inside out.”
They also have BFit lacing that helps lock in your heel to the molded heels the boots have. All these features along with the outsoles called Granite Peak, caused me to believe these will be the hiking boot for me. The Granite Peak outsoles are described as, “The quintessential hiking outsole, featuring a nylon shank for stability, toothy side lugs that hug off-camber trails, and 4mm directional lugs studding the sole. A lightweight TPU chassis boosts stability and prevents stone bruising without inhibiting flex.”
I started wearing them immediately, to break them in, which seems unnecessary. They have been comfortable and with a great feel from the day I put them on. I wear them daily for about 8 hours per day.
These will be the boots I wear for my 11-Day backpacking trip from Mt. Whitney to the Sequoia Nat Park. (I will be doing a couple 3-4 day hikes before then as well).
I will let you know how they wear and feel after my Mt. Whitney trip which will be in July.
Stay tuned: I am planning a 21-Day Backpacking Trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains in 2018 and I have started long-range planning for my Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2019 or 2020.