Oboz Sawtooth II Mid review

The Oboz Sawtooth II Mid is an incredibly well-built hiking/backpacking boot that offers superb support and keeps water out without issue. 

These are more of a traditional boot offering, meaning that they are made from leather and take some time to break in. Once broken in, they offer outstanding comfort in most conditions.


Who should buy it

You should consider buying the Oboz Sawtooth II Mid boot if you like stiffer hiking footwear that offers excellent arch support. 

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you need a hiking boot that:

Supportive and hard-wearing boots made for heavy-duty trail use

Oboz is known for making heavy-duty, long-lasting trail footwear and the Sawtooth is a staple in their lineup. They are the OG footwear that Oboz started with and they continue to be a top seller for the brand. The Sawtooth boots will last multiple seasons. 


Take it easy before the long hike

Be aware that there is a long break-in for these boots! The stiff sole paired with leather uppers means you should take it easy for a bit before long treks.


The outsole of the Sawtooth II Mid is ALMOST perfect

The outsole on the Sawtooth II Mid is great in all areas except one - its wet surface traction is less than stellar and as a matter of fact, it’s downright dangerous. Wet, mossy rocks will likely send you to your butt, so be careful! 


Lacing is simple but effective

The boot lacing is simple but effective. It provides a snug and secure fit throughout the entire boot. 


Comfort is top-notch

Oboz hiking boots are known for their comfort and they come through on their promise - each shoe has an O-fit insole which is more like a pair of super feet insoles. They mold to your feet and offer excellent support and cushion.


They also have a narrower heel cup to help lock your foot in and prevent sliding around. 


The Sawtooth II Mid is a real workhorse

While these boots are durable, that comes at a weight penalty. You won’t feel fast in these. They are just a sluggish type of boot, and for some people, that is perfectly fine! Just know what you’re getting and hike your own hike! 


Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 490g / Women 400g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Oboz Sawtooth
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Breathable / Removable insole
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Oboz

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Bob Browning
Bob Browning

Bob has been an avid backpacker and outdoorsman for well over a decade. Hailing from the beautiful state of Colorado, he now lives in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, two amazing kids and dog, Hugo. He frequents the local state parks, wilderness areas, long distance trails all while passing on his love for the outdoors to his children. Bob has been a product reviewer for startup companies and larger outdoor brands for the past 8 years and loves to really examine gear to see if it'll hold up to the rigors of the Ozark Mountains.