Who should buy the Oboz Sawtooth II Low

Built with more than enough ventilation panels, the Sawtooth II Low is a fantastic companion on sunny hikes. You owe it to yourself to get this shoe if:

  • You need a pair that comes with an enduring support system, especially around the arch.
  • You're attracted to shoes that allow for natural toe splay. (Click here for wide toe box hiking shoes.)
  • Extended day hikes while carrying a light pack are your jam.

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're quite particular with highly cushioned footbeds, opt for the Oboz Arete Low instead of the Sawtooth II Low. Also, for more rugged hikes, consider one of Merrell's tough ones—the Moab 2 Ventilator.

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Updates to the Oboz Sawtooth II Low

  • Compared with its predecessor, the women's Sawtooth II Low is about 40 g lighter per shoe.
  • On the breathability front, the Sawtooth II Low has been given a slight upgrade. Although the number of its vent panels has gone down, it now has a mesh collar—something its former self lacked.
  • Unlike the first version, this upgraded kick comes with a grooved heel collar. This type of collar makes downhill traversals easier and feel more natural.

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Undeniably comfy hikes

Adventurers in droves admire the Oboz Sawtooth II Low’s astonishing level of comfort.

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The Sawtooth II Low's worn-in feel

Testers say that this Oboz hiking shoe loosens up nicely in just a couple of short and easy hikes.

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But its O-Fit insole is too plain

This day hiking shoe is considered a letdown by a few trail-goers for having a lackluster footbed.

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No to arch pain

The shoe provides excellent midfoot support, say numerous hikers.

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Oboz Sawtooth II Low: Savior of toes

The roominess of its toe box resonates well with many trail-goers.

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An escape from premature fatigue

Owners find this hiker from Oboz highly shock-absorbent. Many of them also say that its midsole can bear heavier weights without losing form.

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Grippy but not for long

The lugs of the Sawtooth II Low's sticky outsole wear out quickly, a couple of hikers say.

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The Sawtooth II in the rain

For those who need protection from inclement weather, hikers may opt for the Sawtooth II Low’s waterproof sibling—the Sawtooth II Low BDry. For those requiring firmer ankle support on top of water protection, however, they can look into the shoe’s mid-cut brother, known simply as the Sawtooth II Mid BDry.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.6oz / Women 12.4oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Oboz Sawtooth
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Oboz

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.