Meet the men’s casual hiking boot that looks great both on and off the trail. With full-grain leather, IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs, and a waterproof exterior, the Bridgestone Chukka is one impressive boot.
Let’s face it, there are a lot of men’s chukka boots out there, but finding a pair that are as rugged as they are handsomely stylish…
Now there’s a rare discovery.
When I came across The North Face’s Bridgeton Chukka’s full-grain leather upper and suede collar the look drew me right in. The double stitched construction (in most places) and leather welt gave me a sense of confidence that these boots would do more than just look good, they would last!
After taking a hike with a pair of these boots on, I got the impressions that I would be enjoying these for a long time to come. The moment I slid them on I could certainly sense these were well-made boots, but the real test is always the trail. On the trail, these chukka boots handled my rocky mountain ascent and descent like a champion. They offered plenty of support for the feet without being overly heavy, clunky or otherwise uncomfortable.
I’ve been lucky to test a handful of lightweight hiking boots in the past, and comparatively the Bridgeton Chukka boot hits the sweet spot.
– Waterproof, impenetrable moisture barrier for dry and comfortable feet.
– Full-grain leather upper.
– Soft suede collar with breathable cotton-canvas lining.
– Leather welt for long lasting wear.
– Compression-molded PU footbed for long-lasting underfoot comfort.
– Lightweight, die-cut EVA midsole for rigidity.
– Rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs for increased traction.
– Moc toe stitching.
– Padded tongue and collar.
– Available in Bone Brown/Arrowwood Yellow color.
Men’s The North Face Bridgeton Chukka Boots Review
Aside from weight, when it comes to comfort the padded tongue feels great, while the compression-molded PU footbed makes every step a rather enjoyable one.
In terms of traction control, the rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs didn’t just look cool, it worked! Over hardpack, loose dirt/stones, solid rock/boulders, tree roots, etc. my feet remained glued to the trail. While I’ve yet to review these boots in the snow and ice, I certainly can’t wait to do so! I’m sure my expectations will be met, given these are made by The North Face in the first place.
While on the trail I was curious to see how well these waterproof boots really were. Instead of taking the bridge, the dog and I decided to go for a quick dunk across the creek. The Bridgeton Chukka boots emerged bone dry on the inside. For rainy days where you’re out hiking or even walking around in while out on the town during a weekend, these boots are golden. I love seeing more and more footwear brands rolling out waterproofing into their boots. It’s one feature that is virtually always a nice touch to have. Let’s face it, wet/damp socks and feet are the worst!
Overall, these boots are rock solid! The fine details like the waterproof metal cap on the rear, padded collar, thin yellow strip on the lower sides, and so on, all make for one refined men’s boot.
Beyond hiking, these boots are perfect for casual evenings, weekend first dates, going about around town, and so on. They have a certain sense of charm about them while still managing to pack a punch in terms of rugged functionality.