I needed a pair of hiking shoes for summer trekking. My recent pair of hiking boots was way too warm for any summer hikes. I researched my options at our local REI store, and decided on the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry hiking shoe. I chose to get a shoe, not a boot for my summer hiking footwear. I didn’t want my foot to overheat, and I felt that this shoe would be supportive enough without the ankle support.
I love this shoe! It has excellent arch support that I require, lots of traction, is waterproof and breathable, comfortable, virtually no break-in period, and they’re cute!
I tested the waterproof claim of this shoe. I have worn it a handful of times when it’s raining, and my feet have remained dry. These were not torrential downpours, but still, my feet stayed dry and that’s really what mattered to me.
I wore these shoes when we went hiking in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky earlier this year. My feet were dry and happy for the entire hike. No tired feet. So far, so good!
Pros – Anatomic EVA footbeds and dual-density EVA midsoles provide arch support; Durable treads offer traction in wet and dry conditions; waterproof and breathable membranes; comfortable with virtually no break-in period; through their One More Tree Program, Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes sold, in partnership with Trees for the Future. To date, Oboz has planted 1, 553, 321 trees!
Cons – This is an investment in a high quality hiking shoe that cost $140.00 at my local REI.
It is recommended to clean off your shoes after each hike to remove dirt and debris. This will extend the life of your shoes and allow you to have many years of adventures in them! Be sure to thoroughly dry your shoes before storing them. It is recommended to waterproof your shoes once a season. More thorough care instructions can be found on Oboz website.
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Whatever shoes are on your feet, remember #hikingisfun and your #adventureawaits