Equipped with confident traction, ample cushioning, and lightweight but durable synthetic construction, the Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Low trail shoe is a highly-breathable option for performance-demanding hikers who prefer a low cut shoe to a boot.
The Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Low Trail Shoe is a great shoe for hikers who want all the support, cushioning and tracking for challenging terrain, but also want a very breathable and low cut shoe. We will take a look at all the features and what makes this Oboz shoe so special.
The materials in the upper are both durable and very breathable. This is not a waterproof shoe. So you have got some synthetic materials here that give you a lot of breathability over top of your foot. So as you are moving, as you are hiking in warmer weather, it is going to allow your foot to breathe. If the shoe becomes wet it is going to dry out really quickly because of all of that mesh. But Oboz was really smart about the design here where they have put very durable Nubuck leather in places where the shoe might wear out faster. So you have got a mixture of materials there.
In the back of the she, this heel counter is very durable. And as you wear the shoes and break them in, this durable heel counter is not going to wear out. So you are going to get a lot of stability back there. It is going to hold your heel exactly where it needs to be and that really cuts down on movement of your foot and cuts down on blisters.
Here in the front of the shoe you do have a pretty roomy toe box that is going to allow your toes to splay and it is going to be really comfortable there. But you also have some durability here in the front. So it protects your feet and your toes from rocks.
The tongue here is a gusseted tongue. You do have breathability in that as well. And that tongue is pretty cushiony. So as you bear down on the laces, you are going to have com-fort there. And the eyelets moving up the shoe are fabric eyelets. That cuts down on weight. But the very top eyelet is a metal eyelet and so as you are tightening the shoes that really adds a lot of durability there and pushes your heel into the heel of the shoe where it belongs.
Something I really appreciate about Oboz shoes is the high quality insoles that they include with all of their shoes. The insoles that you get with the Sawtooth series is the BFit deluxe insole. The first thing that stood out to me about these insoles is that you have a lot of support, rigid support in your arch of the foot and in the heel. So just showing that rigidity. It is going to offer a lot of support on long days on the trail with those parts of your feet that can wear out and get tired really quickly. So that is going to give you sup-port there. And then you have cushiony EVA foam in the heel and in the forefoot. That offers a little bit more comfort. And the top of the insole here is a mesh so it is very breathable. It is going to wick away sweat. This is also perforated so that is going to wick away sweat as well. And just over all really good quality insole there.
It is better quality than I have seen on most other backpacking and hiking shoes where you would normally take that sock liner out and replace it with something else. With these, they are custom fit specifically for the shoe. So unlike other after market insoles, you don't have to do any cutting. You don’t have to fit it to the shoe. It is already custom fit in there. But if you do have custom fit orthotics that you need to use in your shoes, you can take these out and replace them with your orthotics.
The midsole is the part of the shoe that offers cushioning and support and really protects your foot on long days on the trail. So the midsole here you have got a couple of different materials. You have very durable, but light weight EVA foam and that is going to last a long time. So it is not going to break down really quickly. And that offers a lot of cushioning as well. You have a nylon shank here in the shoe. So that gives you a lot of protection against rocks, against uneven terrain. So you have got protection there. And some-thing I really like about these shoes is the outsole and the midsole come up. They wrap up around into the upper part of the shoe. So if you are on uneven terrain or off camber trails, you are going to have that support and cushioning even up on the edges of the shoe.
And that wraps all the way around the back. You can really see it here in the back and in the heel. It wraps around, all the way around the shoe and even in the front. So it is some-thing I really appreciate about these Sawtooth shoes.
And then if we go down to the outsole, you have really great traction, really sticky rubber here. The lugs are oversized and they are big lugs, so they are self cleaning. If you have got mud that builds up in there, the mud is going to shed away. And you have some pieces here that are really sharp for traction. So you have got really good traction here with these lugs. And, again, that sticky rubber wraps up into the mid sole and into the upper part of the shoe as well. So really great on all different types of terrain.
All in all this is a very breathable, lightweight shoe. I can see this being a great every day shoe. You can take it on day hikes. You can even hike with it with a heavy backpack, be-cause you have got a lot of support and cushioning in there. It is a great travel shoe and just all around every day shoe. It is the Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Low.