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Price $142.50 at Backcountry
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$140.00 at REI
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Pros Superb traction, supportive, waterproof, relatively lightweightComfortable, stable, great traction, durableGreat traction and stability, durable construction except for the lacesComfortable, adjustable heel/ankle, great tractionLightweight, versatile, great all-around performance
Cons May be less durable, expensiveUpper absorbs water (but doesn't leak), a little heavyDifficult to tighten the toe box due to the speed lace system, release button got jammed, a little stiffNot waterproof, runs wide, wild style may not be for everyoneQuicklace system not our favorite, didn't feel great with a heavy pack on
Bottom Line Utilizing all the latest and greatest technology, this hiking shoe performs well in every hiking metricWhile slightly heavy for a hiking shoe, the Sawtooth II is great for pretty much every hiking adventureLots of support with great traction, but speed laces are not the bestA well-cushioned support system for your feet - a plush midsole and straps for micro-adjustmentsA lightweight pair for times when you want to move fast on the trail
Rating Categories Spire GTX Sawtooth II Low BDry Terrex Swift R2 GTX Sky Arkali X Ultra 3 GTX
Comfort (25%)
9
9
6
10
7
Support (20%)  
9
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Traction (15%)
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7
Weight (15%)
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Water Resistance (15%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Spire GTX Sawtooth II Low BDry Terrex Swift R2 GTX Sky Arkali X Ultra 3 GTX
Weight per Pair (Size 7) 1.61 lbs 1.83 lbs 1.36 lbs 1.69 lbs 1.50 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular, Wide Regular Regular Regular
Upper Abrasion-resistant mesh Leather & textile Synthetic mesh MATRYX Synthetic mesh
Midsole EVA Dual density EVA EVA PROFLY Injected EVA
Lining Gore-Tex Surround B-Dry Gore-Tex None Gore-Tex
Sole Vibram XS Trek Sawtooth Continental Traxion rubber Vibram Megagrip Hi-traction with 5mm lugs ContaGrip rubber
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