Verdict from 8 experts and 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A large number of users applauded how the Oboz Sawtooth Low gave them a perfect fit right out of the box.
  • The excellent arch support from the stock insole received heaps of praises from numerous hikers.
  • Loads of outdoor lovers appreciated the comfort given by this pair.
  • This day hiking shoe required virtually no breaking in, as testified by umpteen wearers.
  • A huge percentage of owners used the Oboz Sawtooth Low as their everyday shoe.
  • The grippy outsole of the Sawtooth Low gave several day hikers the confidence to tackle uneven terrain.
  • Plenty of online reviewers lauded its reasonable price.
  • Its stability prevented a handful of wearers from rolling their ankles.
  • A small group of gear testers liked how the shoe breathed well in hot conditions.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few hikers disliked the laces that were too long.
  • The outsole performed poorly in expelling accumulated mud, according to some verified reviewers.

Bottom line

The Oboz Sawtooth Low reached out to the outdoor community and received positive remarks with its features. It delivered comfort and support, as well as a precise fit. However, it was not able to evade a few minor setbacks. Everything considered, if interested hikers are looking for on-trail performance, the Oboz Sawtooth Low is still a good choice of footgear. They must, however, be extra cautious and be willing to experiment with some lacing techniques.

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Good to know

  • The bottom part of the outsole is shaped like the map of the Sawtooth mountain range near Sun Valley, Idaho. Its facade grants a steady foothold on trails.
  • The O Fit insole, together with an EVA midsole, renders a comfy ride. The multi-density EVA used in the O Fit insole benefits users by providing support and cushioning.
  • Nubuck and an abrasion-resistant textile are used for the upper. It is created with air vents to facilitate airflow in and out of the shoe.

The Oboz Sawtooth Low caters to men and women and runs true to size . This hiking shoe comes in standard and wide widths for men and is only offered in standard width for women. It is designed with a spacious forefoot and toe box. The traditional lace-up closure allows users to adjust the fit.

The Sawtooth outsole is designed to boot out mud while maintaining its stable and grippy aspects. The lugs on the sides offer traction even on bumpy trails while minimizing weight.

The Sawtooth midsole uses double-density EVA. It grants a supportive and cushy ride. A nylon shank is added to enhance support between the forefoot and heel. Likewise, it does not limit the flexibility of the user's foot.

Primarily composed of EVA foam, the O Fit insole addresses underfoot comfort and support through varying EVA densities. Low-density pads are placed in the forefoot and heel for cushioning. High densities of EVA are placed in the arch for natural foot positioning and in the heel cup for additional support.

Creating a balance between durability and protection, the upper of the Oboz Sawtooth Low is made from a combination of nubuck leather and an abrasion-resistant textile. The mesh panels promote breathability and help eliminate unnecessary weight.

A 3D molded heel counter locks the back of the foot in place. A toe rand grants protection against knocks while the pull loops at the heel and tongue facilitate smoother on and off.


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