Oboz Sawtooth Low Hiking Boots - A New Pair
I have been gradually wearing out my first pair of hiking boots! They were an older pair of Oboz Sawtooths that I snagged at an REI garage sale and they came to me already a bit broken in. Regardless of that, they fit me almost perfectly and I felt super lucky to have found them at a massive discount. They lasted nearly 3 years on my feet, but I wore them on nearly every hiking trip and several trips to cities. They climbed around on big boulder, enjoyed sandy washes, and traipsed through several airports and cities. I wore them out. The tread was beginning to be non-existent and I could feel the difference in the traction and just overall comfort.
We headed to REI to take a look at my options for replacing those boots, and I tried on a few different brands and styles, but also the current version of the Sawtooth. After trying a couple of options, I slipped my foot into the Sawtooth and it fit almost identically to my old boots. Immediately comfortable. I was sold, and didn't deliberate any further. I bought the exact same pair of boots and hit the trail with them just days later.
The Sawtooth continues to offer excellent comfort. The shoe just feels like it hugs my foot perfectly. Having a brand new pair was exciting after my previous used pair and wearing them so worn out for a few months at the end. The traction and stability are excellent. I feel confident that these boots will grips big rocks that I'm trying to climb up on, and they don't slip. They are breathable and very comfortable even on very hot hikes in the desert. I pair them mostly with Darn Tough socks, and on really hot days, a pair of Wrightsocks (which are very thin, dual layer to prevent blisters). Thick or thin socks, the boots are still comfortable.
Details from Oboz:
Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes sold, in partnership with Trees for the Future
Nubuck leather uppers feature abrasion-resistant nylon mesh panels for just the right combination of protection and breathability
Nylon mesh linings wick moisture, dry quickly and further enhance breathability
Anatomic EVA footbeds and dual-density EVA midsoles provide cushioning over long trail runs or short sprints through fields
Nylon shanks offer torsional stability and protection underfoot, increasing surefootedness on varied terrain and reducing rock bruising
Aggressively lugged outsoles utilize a durable, sticky rubber for exceptional grip in all directions on both wet and dry surfaces
I didn't opt for the waterproof ("B-Dry") version, as I wanted these to be very breathable and they won't often see rain or mud. I have waterproof boots for that purpose, so I didn't need these to have that extra feature.
I wear the men's version of these boots, due to needing a bit more space in the toe box area. The women's size fit well, but was just a bit too snug on the toes. I also like the men's color better - green is my favorite! :)
They still feature good toe protection, sturdy laces, and a great heel cup. If you're in need a good pair of "every day" boots... go try these on!
The earlier review of my first pair of these boots is available here.
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