The versatile Sawtooth Mid is just as comfortable thru-hiking the AT as it is exploring your local trails. The outsole shape promotes a natural rolling motion when the going is smooth and has toothy high friction side lugs for when the trail turns nasty. The upper is both waterproof and breathable with a 3D molded heel counter for superb heel fit.
For half a year, Outside’s team of four testers considered some 70 pairs of light hikers, tromping about six states and Tanzania’s Rift Valley. Two Oboz styles prevailed — the Contour in the 2010 Buyer’s Guide, and the Sawtooth Mid was the footwear of choice in June’s “Essentials, Hiking a Fourteener.” Editor Justin Nyberg writes:
“Bomber, yes. But Oboz’s waterproof Sawtooth Mid feels remarkably sprightly on the trail.”