Who should get the Oboz Sypes Low Leather Waterproof?

  • Hikers who demand extra heel and arch support
  • Trail-goers who often encounter mild to moderate rains
  • Those who tackle trails that feature descents here and there
  • Outdoorsy folks who need more toe protection
  • Peeps who cannot be bothered with switching between casual kicks and hiking shoes

Who should NOT get the shoe?

Those who have high insteps might not find the Sypes Low Leather Waterproof most favorable. Wearers who need a hiker with a roomier toe box might want to look for a more suitable option.

Oboz Sypes Low Leather Waterproof vs. Arete Low

Two of Oboz’s low-top kicks stand toe to toe in this matchup. Their differences are detailed below.

Versatility. While both shoes are built primarily for day hikes, they are not the same in terms of secondary use. The featured footgear is town-ready, while the Oboz Arete Low lends itself well to speedy hikes on level terrain.

Moisture protection. Between the two hiking shoes, only the Sypes Low Leather Waterproof comes with a B-Dry membrane and is therefore fully waterproof. Its rival, on the other hand, is exponentially more breathable.

Weight. The Arete Low is lighter than the featured hiker by approximately 50 g per pair.

VERDICT: For fast summer hikes, the Arete Low has the upper hand. The Sypes Low Leather Waterproof, on the other hand, can tough it out there come rain or shine, whether on trails or city pavements.


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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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