Treat your feet right.
Just as comfortable thru-hiking the PCT as it is exploring the basic trails in your local park, the versatile Oboz Men's Sawtooth Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot ensures a natural rolling motion on flat, smooth trails, as well as waterproof, breathable protection and a lugged, high-friction outsole for when the forecast promises heavy rains and sloppy trails.
The nubuck leather upper is equipped with a B-Dry membrane to ensure that you'll be dry (get it?) when splashing through puddles or crossing babbling brooks, while a mesh, moisture-wicking lining keeps things breathable and sweat-free. The O-Lite insole combines low-density EVA pods with a high-density EVA sculpted arch to place your foot in a neutral position with cushioned comfort to handle endlessly rocky trails with stability. A nylon shank further adds to the stability to take on steeper slopes and uneven ground, while a 3D heel cup provides support and improves natural cushioning to keep you going through the last few miles. Rounding things out, the Sawtooth rubber outsole has toothy sidewall lugs to bite muddy terrain with traction while still conserving weight.
- Protective, versatile boot for support and comfort on any trail
- B-Dry membrane ensures waterproof, breathable protection
- Nubuck leather upper holds up through seasons of abuse
- Molded heel counter offers a superior heel fit and feel
- EVA insole wicks sweat, cushions impact, and adds natural support
- Nylon shank increases stability on rocky terrain
- Sawtooth outsole with lugs provide traction on varied terrain
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- Q & A
Nimble but Laterally Unstable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 145lbs
I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion.
Since receiving my pair of the Oboz Sawtooth Mid B-Dry hiking boot, I've put about 40 miles on them on various terrain. Overall I've found them to be reasonably comfortable and well-constructed, but with a couple of notable shortfalls.
One issue was breathability. While breathability is always a trade-off with a waterproof boot, I found that the Oboz Sawtooth did not perform quite as well in this aspect as my Salomon Quest 4D GTX waterproof hiking boots. With the Sawtooth, moisture buildup from perspiration inside the boot was noticeable (read: soggy feet), whereas in the Quest my feet would stay nice and dry under similar conditions.
Another issue was lateral stability. This is a bit of a double-edged sword, and perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Oboz Sawtooth. The sole of the Sawtooth has a very rounded shape compared to most hiking boots, especially in the heel area, and this has a profound effect on how they feel. On the upside, the rounded sole does give the Sawtooth a very nimble feel for a hiking boot. The downside, however, is that it feels to me distinctly unstable in the lateral direction on uneven terrain. They tend to roll sideways, and to put it bluntly, if feels like it would be far too easy to roll an ankle in this boot on anything but flat terrain.
So with that, I would say that I found the Oboz Sawtooth Mid B-Dry hiking boot to be more suitable as a street shoe than a serious hiking boot. As a street shoe, or even for some easy hiking, it is comfortable and nimble, and could probably serve well in everyday use. But for more serious hiking on challenging terrain, I would go in a different direction.
I'm attaching a photo of the Oboz Sawtooth Mid B-Dry (left) next to the Salomon Quest 4D GTX (right), to illustrate the difference in the design of the sole.
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 11.5 med.
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 195lbs
Order arrived in two days as promised even whe ordering on a holiday. Fit well right out of the box. Have another pair of Oboz Sawtooth low hiking shoes that Ive worn for about a year not only hiking but as casual dress with jeans and have been completely satisfied. Doing a 2 month camping trip this spring to the southwest and six National Parks and plenty of hiking involved so I ordered the mid height Sawtooh boot for more ankle support. Only issue is the color is a darker brown than depicted on the website illustration. Not an issue with me as I’m more interested in comfort and durability than style.
I have a wide foot and I don’t see a width chart. What width r these shoes?