In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry hiking shoe proved to be an excellent choice for traction, stability and protection. An exceptionally durable shoe with extra heel stability, this shoe functioned well across a variety of trail surfaces. Be sure to allow some time for break-in.
Traction and Stability The wide Oboz outsoles, with 4mm base and sidewall lugs provided excellent traction across a variety of trail surfaces. The 3D molded heel counter created a snug fit around the back of the foot and allowed for optimal stability on uneven trails. A nylon shank minimized twisting. Lacing system kept laces securely fastened, and feet firmly in place.
Protection The thick Oboz outsoles, molded heel counter and double layered leather toe and side panels offered high quality protection against impact and abrasion. The gusseted tongue kept debris out.
Support and Comfort The combined BFit Delux insole and dual density EVA midsole provided a high level of cushion, comfort and arch support. A wide toe box, and amply padded tongue and heel beds enhanced comfort during long hikes. Pull loops on both the heel and tongue allowed for easy on/off use.
Waterproofing Oboz’s proprietary BDry breathable membrane stayed dry in both damp and wet situations, and allowed perspiration to wick away.
Durability The shoes held up well to repeated use and trail impact, with no immediate signs of wear. Leather sides did not shred.
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HOW WE TESTED
To accurately assess the performance of a women’s hiking shoe, a number of testers put each product through rigorous hiking, on over 20 miles of varied terrain. During these hikes the testers pay close attention to the level of product performance across six factors most affecting a hiker’s foot comfort and risk of foot or ankle injury on the trail.