I understand that OP may find this topic confusing, and lots of strong words and private tears have been shed on this. However, if one looks at the OEM filter (either version) and then compares the construction, materials, & inlet hole sizes, one can conclude that literally any aftermarket filter will work fine.A lot of folks have gone in circles with this very thing especially regarding the Subaru oil bypass and flow rates. Ultimately I think you’ll be fine with whatever you decide. For myself my preference is OEM. If that’s unavailable or I’m feeling like grabbing something else I like the O’Reily’s MicroGard Select. Often a good deal with their oil+filter specials. Another consideration I don’t see often here are FULL filters. NAPA sells this brand. I haven’t tried them yet, but many folks running asian vehicles seem to like them.
As always, you can go upmarket and buy a wire-backed filter for strength, or you could even buy a $2 Prime Guard but just understand the media has a much lower loading capacity.
I’m not saying they don’t exist, but I don’t remember any Subaru failures that could be traced to the oil filter (@Trav…?). Subarus have had head gaskets, rod bearings on turbos, some issues with smaller gears in the oil pump that Trav shared, and some oil ring issues on FBs, but filters… nah.
Best of luck though, looking forward to hear your conclusions!