Contrary to popular belief, Arizona is not just a dry, desolate desert. Rain and snow have been abundant this winter in the desert southwest. Recently, half the state was covered in snow. This is why I have a quiver of Oboz Footwear Bridgers in my garage. Seriously.
With everything from snow to flash floods to rain to arid conditions, I want to be able to hit the trail with the right boot for the conditions. Currently my favorite picks are the Bridger Mid Waterproof, a classic, and the new Bridger Vent Mid Waterproof.
The Bridger Vent Mid is built from the ground up with Oboz's Granite Peak Outsole. It features synthetic mesh panels for improved breathability. The boot also has incredible ankle support, a rubber toe cap for protection, a molded heel counter, and more. (Check out the specs here).
I used both my Bridger Mids and my Bridger Vent Mids (I have both in BDry for waterproofing) from the winter through now, and here's my comparison of the two.
Keeping our feet warm and dry may seem like an oxymoron of sorts given we live in the desert, but truth be told our Bridger Mid Waterproofs have received non-stop action this winter for both my son and me.
From the snowy mountains of Northern Arizona to chasing waterfalls and climbing boulders in the Superstition Wilderness east of Phoenix.
As the temperatures began to rise and the soil dried, having a breathable option to wear on the trail was a welcomed treat this season. The Bridger Vent Mid did not disappoint. It had the classic Bridger's comfort and kept our feet as dry as the creeks and washes.
Bonus: Anytime you can slip on a boot and it feels like your foot is wrapped in a pillow is just plain nonsense (in the best possible way). This is how it feels to wear either models of the Bridger.
The tough decision to make now is which pair I’ll wear in a few weeks as we drop into the Grand Canyon on an eight-day adventure!