The Oboz Sawtooth Low is a budget-friendly hiking shoe that will work great as a day hiker or light backpacking shoe. This is one of Oboz's more popular models, and we can see why thanks to its cushioning, support, and light, airy feel. What makes it feel so light and breathable is the abundance of mesh paneling, a trait that also limits its water resistance. Like the Moab 2 Ventilator , this shoe lets in water like a sieve, making it a poor choice for hiking trails in the Northwest, though great for walking in hot sandy trails of the Desert Southwest, for example.
For a waterproof boot that breathes well and also doesn't cost too much, consider the Keen Targhee, or the waterproof version of this shoe, the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry.