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Which Oboz is Right For Me: Bridger Mid or Sawtooth Mid?

Matt Hoffman | Oboz Ambassador

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The ultimate goal when it comes to proper hiking footwear is finding something that allows you to forget about your footwear so you can focus on other things, like the hike, your breath and the view. That’s why finding the right hiking boot is so important.

Often, when it comes to hiking anything more than an easy trail, many people prefer a mid-height, substantial boot. The two most popular mid-size models that Oboz offers are the Bridger Mid and the Sawtooth Mid. Both will get you wherever you’re going effectively and comfortably, but each has different features that may be desirable depending on what’s most important to you.

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The M's Bridger Mid Waterproof in Sudan.

This Oboz Bridger Mid is a hiker’s dream. 

It has proven to be so solid and reliable for me, particular for backpacking, because of its lightweight, ankle support, durability and comfort. The break-in is famous for being almost immediate, which is fantastic. 

Because of its overall quality, it’s probably the most diverse hiking boot out there and I’ve often found myself wearing mine casually in the city.

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The M's Sawtooth Mid Waterproof in umber.

The aesthetic is very similar to the Bridger, but there are some differences in the design. 

I find it to be a narrower fit than the Bridger, and the rounder heel encourages a rolling motion that naturally keeps you engaged. It also has more of a buffer zone between the foot and the ground than the Bridger does. 

Depending on who you are this can be a plus or a minus—do you want your feet to absorb minimal impact or do you want to have more of a interaction with the terrain? That’s a personal call.

The Bottom Line

Both are awesome boots, but because the Bridget Mid feels  more substantial, I prefer it for hiking in conditions that are more intense, with a lot of heavy and diverse terrain (think roots and boulders). That being said, the Sawtooths are my go-to hiking boot, simply because of their comfort. Unless I’m doing a hike where I feel like my feet need that extra support from the sturdiness of the Bridgers, I’m likely taking my Sawtooths.

Bottom line: I’ve taken both through hell, without having to put my feet through hell.

Matt Hoffman is a Canadian Adventurer and Content Creator. Always eager to take the harder route for the better view, he’s driven by the need to capture impactful moments in unique outdoor experiences. Find him on Instagram @matthffmn or on his website,

Matt Hoffman

Name: Matt Hoffman

Hometown: Ontario, CAD

Where I’ve Been: So many trails. Some of my favorites are La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Killarney Provincial Park (80km, 5 days), and rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in August 2013. Every day we’d pull over to hike in jaw dropping side canyons known to few and only accessible from the river.

Why I Hike: It's an experience that perfectly encapsulates what it means to be human. You don't have to hike. It's not necessarily going to be all fun. Hiking is a choice you make to work hard, often in difficult conditions, with a goal in mind. And if you've got the grit to endure, there's nothing more amazing. I've always believed in waking up before the sun rises and living my life by the metaphor of taking the harding route for the better view. If there's something amazing to be seen, I'm driven by the need to see it no matter how far or steep (and nature has an endless supply). I enjoy the suffering involved in difficult hiking because it's that suffering the lifts me to the most beautiful views. And that feeling of knowing that I can take myself to the top of a mountain through my own physical and mental will, fills my soul with a feeling of deep accomplishment and power.

Where To Next?  Big plans to visit the West Coast Trail, British Columbia, Coyote Gulch + Buckskin Gulch, Utah, Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Painted Canyon Loop, Honeycombs Wilderness, Oregon, Alice Toxaway Loop, Idaho

Find Me:

Instagram: @matthffmn


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