If there's a way to search forum posts I seem to be too stupid to figure it out. The search box only pulls up gear reviews. If there's a way to search forum posts please clue me in.
I have some Oboz Bridger Mids that I love. They're the waterproof nubuck version. My feet are very picky as I get older so finding boots that feel great was no mean feat. I tried on and returned a LOT of boots. They're only 5 years old and still in good shape but with companies dropping old models and my bad luck in finding comfortable boots I thought I'd get a backup pair now.
The ones I currently have are available now full price ($180) but the same model in the Premium version which is full-grain leather was on sale for $168 (normally $210). I ordered them and they feel good but stiffer around the ankles than my nubuck ones. I'm guessing that will soften up a bit as they break in but I don't know for sure that that area breaks in much. Also other than being slightly heavier and slightly warmer (a good or bad thing depending on temperature) are there other important differences between full-grain and nubuck boots?
I know they'd be more durable in certain conditions but other than that are there reasons to keep this pair if they're not QUITE as comfortable as the nubuck ones and I'm only saving $13? Getting the premium version at the reduced price lured me in but maybe I'm better off sticking with what I know is a great boot.
Here's another probably stupid question - is it a mistake to have a 2nd pair sitting in a closet if the ones I have could last a lot longer? Would they be dry rotting or something if I didn't end up needing them for several more years? Or would you rotate pairs for any reason to make them both last longer. OK, I'm seriously overthinking this :(