Reviews

Great lightweight trail shoes for day or overnight…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130

Summary

Great lightweight trail shoes for day or overnight trips.

Pros

  • Nice look
  • Lightweight
  • Good price

Cons

  • Difficult to break in
  • Poor fit

I was excited about this shoe. For one, it is made in the USA and wanted to encourage a USA-based company.

Two, I really liked the way it looked. I have always used stiff backpacking boots for day or mutli-day trips but was ready to convert to using lighter shoes for my backpacking trips. I thought this would do it.

However, I gave it many trials and I kept getting blisters after blisters, and so I finally gave up trying to break the shoes. My arch also started hurting so I got worried about getting permanent arch inflammation. I returned them even though I had great hopes.

Overall, I think it is designed for warmer weather. It has a great grip, especially for rock scrambling which is what I tend to do a lot of. I think it fits true to size, but once again, since I never was able to break through, perhaps I didn't have the right fit for me foot size.  

Bill Palmer

I had the same experience when I purchased them in 2013. No blister but lost there shape


5 years ago

Really comfortable, but dangerous on wet tracks, tiles,…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 approx

Summary

Really comfortable, but dangerous on wet tracks, tiles, granite, or cobblestones as they slip just like wearing ice skates on ice!

Pros

  • Comfort
  • OK on dry surfaces

Cons

  • Slips on wet surfaces—dirt paths, stone paths
  • Dry weather only

Really comfortable but lethal on wet tracks, tiles, granite, or cobblestones as they slip just like wearing ice skates on ice! Have witnessed another person slip and fall and noticed she was wearing the same Oboz hikers. Very disappointed as was on a nine-week overseas walking holiday in Italy, Croatia, France, and Great Britain where surfaces and weather conditions vary and was not expecting my new Oboz shoe to be so dangerous. 

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Cheryl. Thanks for sharing your experience with these shoes.


4 months ago

These shoes are fantastic and fit perfectly from the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $135

Summary

These shoes are fantastic and fit perfectly from the start. I immediately forget I have them on and I can walk for days and not get sore feet. I have a tendency for plantar fasciitis, and these provide great arch support and have generous room for toes. Solid under my feet, I will be buying these again when they wear out...but I don't expect that to be for a few years.

Pros

  • Look great
  • Supportive, fit well
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Nothing I can think of...the price?

Fit — perfect from the start, good arch support, room for wide feet. Lacing system easy to tighten and adjust. No break in needed for me. No chaffing or friction. Feel very supportive, bit still lighter than a boot...great for warmer weather and casual wear.

I'm not sure if it would naturally keep moisture and rain out, but I gave my shoes a waterproofing treatment when new. Great grip...good tread. I'm basically a day walker, including carrying a pack, but also use these for casual use. I'm relatively lightweight, so not a lot of load on the shoes, but I expect them to last me for years.

I also have Oboz BDry boots and can say the same for them...and they have been to snowy mountains and rainforest walks, to working outdoors.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Birder Girl!


3 years ago

rated 3.50 of 5 stars All Sawtooth Low versions

In addition to the 3 women's reviews above, there are 11 reviews for other versions of the Sawtooth Low. Read all reviews »

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