Verdict from 1 expert and 6 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Some wearers swore by the Oxo GT’s outstanding durability.
  • Less than a handful of users commended this Haglöfs boot for having superior ankle support.
  • A writer from a gear review website was hugely impressed with the product’s remarkably shock-absorbent midsole.
  • This backpacking gear was called astonishingly comfortable by a couple of testers.
  • A small percentage of reviewers, which include a professional footwear critic, hailed the Oxo GT as a worthy investment.
  • One expert blogger couldn’t help but applaud this boot for being completely watertight.
  • Its outsole’s ability to relentlessly bite into surfaces was praised through the roof by a professional gear reviewer.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A critic of outdoor footgear had an issue with the Haglöfs Oxo GT’s ankle collar initially. He said its edges rubbed on his calf more than it should.

Bottom line

Backpackers who intend to go the extra mile in great comfort and with as much ankle support as possible may find great value in the Oxo GT. It's for adventurers who wish to experience something long-lastingly waterproof. What wearers might not appreciate is the tendency of the ankle cuff to give a rubbing sensation around the calf region. Nevertheless, the Haglöfs Oxo GT is miles from being a letdown. Indeed, getting the most out of it may simply require wearing socks that are higher than the boot’s collar.

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Good to know

  • The Oxo GT offers a good amount of ankle support as a sturdy over-the-ankle leather boot. It comes equipped for the changing weather thanks to the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort technology engineered within its main bootie.
  • This Haglöfs boot has its midsole imbued with FluidRide technology. It is an Asics-developed tech that uses a two-part midsole, both having different densities to give pack-carrying users a blend of cushioning, stability, and rebound. 
  • Another Asics technology is seen on the underside of the boot, a.k.a the outsole. Called the Ahar Plus, this grippy layer is solidly built for heavy-duty use. 

Haglöfs’ Oxo GT is a generally true-to-size, mid-cut backpacking boot for men and women. It is offered in half and full sizes in regular width. Its speed lace-up closure with lace locking system enables users to set the boot’s fit with two different lace configurations. The padded collar and tongue, on the other hand, provide a comfy environment for the trekker’s ankle and instep.

To help backpackers traverse slippery and uneven terrain safely, the Oxo GT has been equipped with an Asics outsole, called Ahar Plus. It is imbued with a special kind of sponge that resists abrasions, therefore giving the outsole better longevity. Its low-profile lugs claw into mostly soft-soiled surfaces, allowing wearers to reach heights and depths without losing their footing. The geometry of these lugs leaves room for self-cleaning grooves which enable the outsole to shed mud and dirt as the boot flexes during transitions. 

The Haglöfs Oxo GT has a dual-layered midsole for stability and underfoot protection. FluidRide, the Asics technology behind it, is the combination of two layers: SpevaFoam at the top for rebound and Solyte at the bottom for shock absorption and cushioning. These two are both made of durable yet lightweight sponge material. Its heel zone is embedded with GEL—an Asics insert that improves the midsole’s shock absorbency. What grants wearers enhanced stability and torsion control, on the other hand, is the combined effort of the boot’s heel stabilizers and TPU Trustic chassis. 

Extra underfoot cushioning is courtesy of Haglöfs’ Custom Comfort footbed. It also offers additional support and shock mitigation. 

Water-repellent oiled nubuck leather, with a thickness ranging from 1.4 to 1.6 millimeters, makes up almost the entirety of the Oxo GT’s ankle-supportive upper. It is engineered with a gusseted tongue to prevent debris from entering the boot. It promises to shield the foot from most types of watery elements, all the while keeping the interior well ventilated with its Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner. In addition to waterproofing, the upper also has decent toe protection thanks to the rubber rand covering a good portion of the boot’s forefoot zone. 

The Oxo GT’s lacing system consists of combination eyelets and synthetic laces. Haglöfs engineers opted for open hooks at the top to speed up the lacing process for backpackers. 

  • The boot’s leather upper underwent a fluorocarbon-free water repellency process. Most of the time, Fluorocarbon is needed to make textiles water repellent; however, its creation also produces harmful carcinogens.
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.