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Ambassador Review: Oboz Traverse Low

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I have hiked over 400 miles in my Traverse Low so far this year. These shoes have taken me on:

  • Backpacking trips in the White Mountains;
  • A 140-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania;
  • A trip to Katahdin in Maine involving miles of rocky scrambles crossing the Knife Edge.
Having hiked several thousand miles in all kinds of footwear over all kinds of terrain since I became a hiker, I am pretty particular where shoes are concerned. My verdict on the Traverse Low? I love these shoes!

Hiking in New England demands excellent traction on wet roots and mossy rocks. The Traverse outsole is perfect for gnarly rock scrambles, but equally suited to long moderate hikes. These shoes are remarkably well made—the lugs and toe rand haven't started peeling back (the achilles heel of many lightweight hikers). The arch support is also excellent, unlike some other shoes I feel no need to add a aftermarket insole, which adds significantly to the effective price of a shoe.

I heartily recommend these for all hiking activities: day hikes, rocky scrambles or long distance backpacking trips.

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