One tester pummeled a single pair of Bridger Lows for more than 1,000 miles of punishing terrain during a four-month trip through South America, and they held up extremely well. The reason? The combination of a thick leather upper and rubber toe and heel caps, which makes the shoes uncommonly resistant to abrasion.
The thick, three-quarter length nylon shank gives the Bridger Low unusual stiffness for a low-cut hiker. “I hauled a 55-pound pack through the Ecuadorian Amazon for two weeks,” our tester says. “These shoes could handle it.”
The waterproof/breathable membrane kept our feet dry and warm in near-constant rain and in temps down to 20°F. The torsional stiffness kept our feet from fatiguing on uneven trails, and the thick EVA midsole gave us plenty of cushion on long-distance hikes.