This is a long-term look at a set of Oboz Bridger winter boots. It’s the third and maybe the final article that we’ll publish about these things. The Oboz follow in the footsteps of multiple pairs of winter boots that I’ve penned articles about. I generally write a review after a year, and then, after two full winter seasons of riding, plowing, sledding, snowshoeing, and grooming I write a long-term review. I ride flat pedals in the winter so these boots get used just about every day from November till the end of March. This winter, I reviewed a pair of Arctic boots, so the Oboz got to take a few days off here and there when temperatures were below 5°F.
Oboz Bridger First Impressions March 2021
Oboz Bridger Mid-Term Review April 2022
Some of the gear that we write about is sent to us by the manufacturer, or their marketing/public relations firms, but these boots were bought and paid for with my own money. They were around $200 and that has been pretty typical for the parade of winter boots that have protected my flippers over the last 13 seasons. I’ve worn and tested boots from several brands like Keene, Columbia, Sorrel, and more. The Bridgers are at the top as far as comfort.
The feature that I’ve learned that I can’t live without that these boots possess are speed laces. It simply makes them so much easier to get in and out o. It has become something that I’ll insist any future winter boots that I consider must-have. Other items on my must-have list is at least 400 g of insulation and a breathable waterproof membrane. I recently had to ford some overflow out on the trail so I got to test if these boots were still waterproof after two winters, and they passed with flying colors (and dry feet).
Most of the boots that I’ve worn for two consecutive winters look much worse for wear than this pair of Oboz. This is the first pair of boots that will get a crack at season three. I’ll probably purchase a new set of footbeds for next winter but these boots held up better than any of the boots that I’ve tested in this category. It should be noted that I’m not comparing these boots to cycling-specific winter boots for warmth, comfort, or durability. Cycling-specific winter boots are a completely different species. One other thing that I like about these boots came to light this year at the Fat Bike Nationals. The forecast called for the low single digits and I knew that I’d spend several hours outside, taking photos out on the course. So, I test fit them into a pair of Neos over-boots, and they fit inside of them. The Oboz Bridgers are not as bulky as some of the other boots that I’ve tested over the years. My feet and legs stayed warm and cozy on a bitterly cold day. As I’ve discussed before, this category of winter boot is great for temps down to the twenties for a couple of hours. They are great all-around (lower 48) winter boots. I’d recommend these boots to my fat bike Amigos and look forward to an unprecedented third season with them.
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