Verdict from 7 experts and 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A significant percentage of the reviewing community stated that it could be worn as an all-around, everyday shoe.
  • Despite its low cuff, it still obtained the highest rating on support from a handful of testers.
  • Umpteen hikers appreciated the comfort of the Sawtooth Low BDry.
  • There was hardly any break-in time, according to numerous users.
  • Scores of backpackers and experts lauded the BDry membrane as it kept their feet dry on water encounters.
  • An abundance of those experiencing foot problems said that the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry was the best shoe for them.
  • The low weight of this hiking shoe received praises from a lot of owners.
  • The majority testified that the Sawtooth Low BDry runs true to size.
  • A considerable number of delighted wearers loved the extra room in the toe area.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few owners were disheartened when the sole wore out quickly.
  • Several disappointed hikers mentioned that it has a weak grip on wet, paved surfaces.

Bottom line

Oboz Sawtooth Low Bdry is slowly building its reputation by satisfying hikers with its features and performance. Comfort, support and versatility, all packaged in a low-cut day hiking shoe. However, users must be extra careful on wet concrete. All in all, setting aside a few drawbacks, the Sawtooth Low BDry is a good choice of footwear for those still looking for a reliable companion on the trail.

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Good to know

  • The Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry has a reinforced leather upper with the BDry membrane which is ready for the rugged trails. Auxiliary features of the upper include pull tabs, webbing eyelets and molded heel cup.
  • Its midsole uses different EVA densities. Partnered with the O Fit insole and a nylon shank, this hiking shoe offers lightweight cushioning and support.
  • The brand-owned outsole features the Sawtooth mountain range near Idaho. Its sole profile enables it to provide traction on virtually all types of terrain.

A true-to-size day hiking shoe, the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry is tailored for men and women. Both versions come in standard width, which has a wider forefoot, roomier toe box and narrower heel area. Also, women’s come in a D - wide version too. Its straightforward closure secures a precise fit. The foot is cradled by the sculpted midfoot and form-fitting heel cup.

The Sawtooth outsole from Oboz features sidewall lugs to grip on camber trails. Its multi-directional and aggressive lugs shed mud and detritus to prevent slips and falls. Its flexibility promotes a more natural rolling motion.

The Sawtooth Low BDry yields a lightweight and cushioned ride through its dual-density EVA midsole. A nylon shank is attached to render firm underfoot support, enhancing walking comfort.

Atop the midsole is the O Fit insole, primarily made of a medium density EVA. Under the forefoot is a low-density EVA pod while a higher density foam is placed at the arch and on the heel cup. This assembly works by providing support, comfort, and promoting proper gait. Also, it has a moisture-wicking top layer to keep the feet dry and fresh.

This day hiking shoe uses nubuck leather and an abrasion-resistant textile for its upper. Rendering protection from water encounters is the brand-owned technology, the BDry membrane. It lets moisture inside escape and blocks water from seeping into the shoe. The breathable mesh panels also enhance ventilation.

An external molded heel counter keeps the heel in place, preventing slippage. Overlays are placed on the toe and midfoot to the heel area. It helps maintain the structure of the shoe and adds protection against rock-strewn trails. Pull tabs are located at the heel and top of the tongue for easier on and off.


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