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Price $142.50 at Backcountry
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$140.00 at REI
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$88.25 at Amazon$139.95 at Amazon$112.46 at Backcountry
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Pros Superb traction, supportive, waterproof, relatively lightweightComfortable, stable, great traction, durableComfortable, waterproof, excellent tractionGreat traction and stability, durable construction except for the lacesLightweight, versatile, great all-around performance
Cons May be less durable, expensiveUpper absorbs water (but doesn't leak), a little heavyNeeds breaking in, runs shortDifficult to tighten the toe box due to the speed lace system, release button got jammed, a little stiffQuicklace 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 adventureA solid performer in most of the metrics we test for, and it's one of the cheapestLots of support with great traction, but speed laces are not the bestA lightweight pair for times when you want to move fast on the trail
Rating Categories Spire GTX Sawtooth II Low BDry Moab 2 WP Terrex Swift R2 GTX X Ultra 3 GTX
Comfort (25%)
9
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6
7
Support (20%)
9
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Traction (15%)  
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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 Moab 2 WP Terrex Swift R2 GTX X Ultra 3 GTX
Weight per Pair (Size 7) 1.61 lbs 1.83 lbs 1.69 lbs 1.36 lbs 1.50 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular, Wide Regular, Wide Regular Regular
Upper Abrasion-resistant mesh Leather & textile Suede leather, mesh Synthetic mesh Synthetic mesh
Midsole EVA Dual density EVA EVA EVA Injected EVA
Lining Gore-Tex Surround B-Dry Mesh Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Sole Vibram XS Trek Sawtooth Vibram TC5+ Continental Traxion rubber ContaGrip rubber
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