Muddy trails and misty cliff sides.
The Oboz Sapphire Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot is for taking slow mornings exploring the Irish countryside and strolling through cobblestone streets as you seek out hidden pubs and dark stouts through the evening. You'll stand protected against the chance of rain and misty cliff sides with the B-Dry waterproof membrane that works to repel moisture on the outside while also being quick-drying on the inside so you stay fully dry while you hike. Crafted with a women's specific last and thoughtfully designed insole that targets EVA cushioning to give high-density support in the arch for a neutral position and a deep heel cup for enhanced support, your feet will not be sore from all-day exploring. And for reliable traction on muddy trails and slick rocks, the Swiftcurrent sole gives you a stable and durable grip that gives you confidence walking through varied terrain.
- Rugged hiking boot for streets to summits
- Waterproof membrane protects you from rain, snow, and puddles
- Thoughtfully designed insole is ergonomic and moisture-wicking
- EVA midsole is well cushioned for everyday and all-day support
- Deep lugged sole provides rugged traction and stability
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- Q & A
From Main Street to Mountains
Sapphire Mid Vs. Bridger Mid.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When it comes to outdoor kit, I like to release my inner geek. You need to have the right backpack, the right waterproof and the right boots to suit the environment you’re in. It’s as simple as that! Around my home in Devon (England), we’re lucky enough to have a huge range of terrain right on my doorstep—think rugged coast path, to gushing rivers, to huge upland moors that create their own weather systems. This means I have to choose the right boots to suit my hike.
I love these boots. I remember when I first saw them, I loved how ‘classic’ they looked – a really authentic hiking boot design. But they’re no throwback. The Bridger Mids are high-tech, super lightweight yet really sturdy. Unlike previous boots I’ve gone through over the years, the Bridger Mid's don’t compromise their support with their lightweight structure. The soles are chunky and grippy, but aren’t bottom-heavy and don’t let mud clog up the grip and weigh you down.
They are comfortable from the get-go. Out of the box, they feel like you’ve been wearing them for years. I’ve been genuinely really impressed by the waterproofing and also the breathability. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of hot, tired and swollen feet pressing against the outside of your boots, and I’ve yet to feel that in the Bridger-Mid's even after a long summer hike!
The generous ‘toe-box’ affords my toes extra width, which is brilliant when feet swell a bit during a hike. I choose the Bridgers over the Sapphire Mids if I’m headed up to Dartmoor, or on a long, rugged hike. The added toe protection and rugged grip offer my post-op knees and weak right ankle just that added support; making me enjoy the hike more overall. I’m also often stubbing my toes (anyone else?!), so having re-enforced toe protection is just what I need so I can happily trail blaze minus toe injuries!
Now these are really good-looking boots! They are slender, sculpted and very feminine – which, if you think about it – is quite an achievement to balance femininity with a hard-core hiking boot!Sapphires
Feminine and durable, the Sapphire Mids are part of the Oboz Main Street to Mountains line.
If I’m walking a fair distance, but not over particularly challenging terrain, then these are my go-to. The short but firm ankle support means they are more comfortable over a long walk than the Sawooth Lows for example; but they are still super lightweight, which I’ve come to expect (and love!) from Oboz.
Again, I’m really impressed with how waterproof these boots are. I was hiking along a forest path near a local river the other week and I stood in some shallow currents to get a photo and my feet were still bone dry!
I love how slender the Sapphires are, but if I’m wearing thick socks on a cooler day, I find that they can feel a little tight in the toe area – which is why I would opt for the Bridger Mid's if I’m hiking all day on uneven terrain. That being said, no breaking-in is needed and they are equally comfortable and easy to wear, be it walking around town for the afternoon on a rainy day, or on the trail!Sapphires 2
Overall, these boots are brilliant and great if your walks are not too long or arduous. The traction and ankle support isn’t quite as sturdy as the Bridger Mid's – so if you hike gnarly trails on a regular basis then I would go for the Bridgers; they do all of the above, but with that added bit of ‘ooomph’!!
Perfect - warm, dry, comfortable, cute
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love these boots! I used them right away in a couple inches of fluffy freshly-fallen snow and 15 degree weather and my feet were warm and dry. They fit great with a regular pair of socks. I think if you want to wear them with really thick socks, you should size up a half size. I bought my regular size and they fit true to size. They are fairly light and were comfortable right away. I used them in Minnesota, on un-maintained trails, so not mountain conditions, but they did well in snow and cold temps!
I wore these right out of the box for a 11 day trip to Iceland. And they were everything I could possibly ask for! So comfortable, didn't take any breaking in time. They were waterproof for a rainy whale watching trip on a wet sailboat. And for days of hiking in the relentless rain. Then dried off super well for the rest of the hiking!. So happy with the performance of these boots.