User Review: Merrell Men's Sawtooth
Materials: Nubuck Leather, Cordura
Use: Heavy hiking
Break-in Period: A couple of short hikes
Price Paid: $67
I bought my first pair of Sawtooths right as they seemed to be phasing them out. I was happy and sad at the same time because I had just gotten a sweeet deal on some great boots but thought that I'd never be able to replace them. I am glad that they are back!
My boots have been all over North America's flatland, rain forest, desert, and mountains and have never so much as slipped a thread! After four years of heavy use I finally wore through the lining at the heel.
The fit is impressively comfy for such a well supported boot. The footbed is superior and really eliminates the shocks and bruises. The shank is good and stiff and provides a kind of "forward roll" feel as you move along. The sole is a Vibram and it is one of their better ones for traction. I feel like a mountain goat when wearing these boots.
I have to say that I am also a hunter and find this sole to be rather noisy so I can't say that this boot is very stealthy.
I live in and spend most of my time in very dry regions, but something to consider when buying this boot, it is not waterproof. If your feet get as hot and sweaty as mine then you will be glad that they don't have Gore-tex or one of those type of membranes but if you need to slog through cold wet slop on a regular basis you may want to re think your purchase.
As for me, I will be buying three pair this time to make sure that I don't run out for a while!