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Today was the first day of the REI anniversary sale. I went with the intention of trying on the Salomon X Ultra3 mid hiking boot and, if it fit, buy it. I really expected it to fit, but it didn't. It was too roomy. My big concern was that my heel moved up and down, in the boot, which is a real no no. I asked the lady working in the boot department if it was a wide and not a medium and she said no. Based on my question, she suggested I try the Oboz Bridger. I'd never really considered Oboz before. I always thought they were a little weird looking, like their soles had become infected and swollen to twice normal size. But I was open to her suggestion. After all, her job is fitting people with boots. She was right. The Oboz fit nearly perfectly. Snug where they need to be and roomy where they don't.
I always change the insole on new boots. These may be the first boots that I don't need to. The insoles these come with are way better than typical. The tread is nice and deep. They'll probably hold on to a lot of mud, but traction and durability should be good. Oboz are designed in Bozeman, Montana. I like the idea that they were designed in the Rockies, where I do most of my hiking.
Right now, my one gripe is that there is no loop, on the back, to help pull the boot on. I plan on doing a little fitness hike tomorrow morning and I plan on wearing my new Oboz. Make sure they're good for bigger hikes this summer.