Oboz Sawtooth X Low Waterproof Review
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|Pros||Very supportive, stable||Super comfortable, durable, stable||Excellent performance, lightweight, great traction, water resistance, support||Supportive, great traction, lightweight||Wide and roomy fit, great traction, lightweight|
|Cons||Heavy, some heel comfort issues||Not great for off-trail, average traction||Cuff can be uncomfortable on ankle for some, Quicklace lacing not everyone's favorite||Stiff, lacing is hard to tighten||Some comfort issues, less durable|
|Bottom Line||This is a quality and supportive hiking shoe that can tackle most trails you have your eyes set on||These super plush hiking shoes feel like you are walking on clouds, perfect for long days on hard surfaces||This is a rugged hiking shoe that can do everything from day hikes to tackling long multiday backpacking trips||This is a burly hiking shoe capable of getting off the trail and onto rugged terrain||This cushioned shoe is light and nimble, and offers great traction at a bargain price|
|Rating Categories||Oboz Sawtooth X Low...||Hoka Anacapa Low GTX||Salomon X Ultra 4 G...||Salewa Mountain Tra...||Columbia Facet 75 O...|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Oboz Sawtooth X Low...||Hoka Anacapa Low GTX||Salomon X Ultra 4 G...||Salewa Mountain Tra...||Columbia Facet 75 O...|
|Weight (per pair)||2.28 lbs (size 11)||1.79 lbs (size 11)||1.76 lbs (size 11)||2.16 lbs (size 11)||1.86 lbs (size 11)|
|Upper||Oiled nubuck leather/CORDURA fabric mesh||Nubuck leather, GTX Textile||Synthetic, textile||Synthetic||Mesh|
|Lining||B-DRY waterproof membrane||Gore-Tex||Gore-Tex membrane||Gore-Tex Extended Comfort||OutDry|
|Flood Level||2.5 in||3.0 in||3.25 in||3.5 in||3.0 in|
|Last Board/Shank||Nylon||Not specified||ADV-C chassis||Nylon||Not specified|
|Midsole||Heel puck; rubber-blended adaptive foam||Compressed EVA||EnergyCell||EVA||Techlite PLUSH|
|Outsole||True Tread rubber||Vibram MegaGrip||Contagrip MA rubber||Pomoca MTN trainer Lite||Adapt Trax|
|Width Options||Regular, wide||Regular||Regular||Regular||Regular|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Sawtooth X Low is a sturdy and supportive hiking shoe that did well across all of our review metrics, but especially in support and durability.
Overall the Sawtooth X is a comfortable shoe. Out of the box, it is easy to slip into and has a medium fit last, making it neither too loose nor too sloppy. We appreciate the quality insole, and the materials used are relatively soft and pliable, ensuring that the break-in period to make these shoes truly yours will be minimal.
As with many shoes that emphasize the midsole, we felt like the Sawtooth X had a bit of a stiffer gait, especially when compared to models with much more of a plush foam midsole — still, the adaptive foam midsole made them perform much better than many other tested models. We also felt like the heel cup was a little too low, contacting the Achilles area in a way that made long strides somewhat uncomfortable. This dissipated over time as the material softened.
Support is a metric in which the Sawtooth X Low did quite well. It features a nylon shank to impart structural stability to the shoe, and we found it to be stiff, while the adaptive foam midsole added cushioning to make walking feel better — though not as soft as more running shoe style hiking shoes. This is a great shoe for those who can go without the added support of a higher ankle cuff but still want to minimize jarring impacts of terrain underfoot, carry heavier backpack weight, or venture off trail where there will be more uneven surfaces.
Oboz uses their tried and tested Trail Tread rubber compound to make up the outsole of the Sawtooth X Low. This compound is of average density, making it a good overall performer on firm and loose surfaces, both dry and wet.
The treads on the Sawtooth are wide and elongated, giving them better than average traction on smoother terrain such as rock slabs while still being deep enough to grip adequately in scree or pumice. We like that the lugs extend around the edge of the outsole and, combined with the shoe's inherent stiffness, make kicking steps in very loose sediment or snow easier.
These shoes use the proprietary Oboz B-Dry waterproof/breathable membrane to ensure that your feet stay dry. We found them to outlast our 5-minute water bath test and do admirably well when crossing shallow creeks while testing them in the field. The Sawtooth X Low doesn't have a very high flood level, measured at only 2.5 inches from the bottom of the sole to the point at which water will enter the shoe, so they are more useful for hiking on wet days rather than trying to ford deep crossings and expecting dry socks on the other side.
The Sawtooth X shoes are on the heavy end of the spectrum of shoes that we tested. This weight comes with some benefits, such as durable materials and a more supportive midsole than many shoes have, but they are hefty. For long, lightweight trips that don't require the higher degree of support that these shoes give, lighter-weight hiking shoe options may be preferable.
With an upper made of a small amount of Cordura mesh to let perspiration escape and oiled nubuck leather for the majority of the upper, we found the Sawtooth X to have a higher-than-average level of durability. Important seams along the base of the upper where the heel cup and toe bumper connect are double-stitched.
Since these are leather, treating this material with an aftermarket conditioner or waterproofing agent will help to keep them performing well over time.
Should You Buy the Oboz Sawtooth X Low Waterproof?
The Sawtooth X Low is a good quality hiking shoe that will appeal to those who want a comfortable and supportive shoe that will last a long time. They are a good value for the quality craftsmanship that we expect from this brand.
What Other Hiking Shoes Should You Consider?
While the Sawtooth is quite stable and supportive, we found the Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite GTX more supportive at a lighter weight. For an incredible balance of support and weight, check out the Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-Tex, as well as the uber-comfortable Hoka Anacapa Low GTX.
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