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Rated5out of5byMorgan the BearfromOboz Firebrand II Hiking ShoesI purchased a pair of Oboz Firebrand II Hiking Shoes to replace my current boots which were giving me blisters and toenail damage on long uphill hikes. The REI sales people referred me to these hiking shoes because they have a bigger toe box and were comfortable. I broke the shoes in for 30 miles mostly by walking on pavement during lunch time but did do a 4 mile trail hike on the Arroyo Burro trail in the Santa Barbara front country. The shoes were fine, no blisters, hot spots of sore toes. So I loaded up my backpack with everything, about 55 lbs and head out for a three day trip. I hiked out of NIRA to White ledge Camp, a one way distance of about 12 miles, involving about 2200 feet of a climb over 9 miles and a drop of about 1000 feet of the next three to get there. The shoes performed fine, no hot spots, blisters or sore toes. I did have a sore spot on the on the ball of one foot. In hindsight I should have replaced the factory insole with my custom orthotic insoles but wanted to test the shoes as purchased. Next time I back pack in them I will use my custom insoles. Overall the shoes were great, they were water proof and appear to be holding together great and have no issues.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated4out of5byGlacierHikefromNice Hiking shoeI hiked approximately 150miles last summer with these and also use them as an everyday shoe. For reference I have the Bdry waterproof version of this shoe. Overall, I really like these shoes. They fit well (obviously this is very subjective). I like that the stock insoles while aren't an instant throw away like so many shoe companies use. They have proven very durable. I think the Bdry insert is very nice. They are more waterproof than any of my previous Gore-tex light hikers AND more breathable.
These shoes have one caveat however. The outsole is probably the worst I have ever used when it comes to traction on wet rock, ice, and other slick objects. The rubber compound is very durable and the lugs are very large for a "light hiker" and the result is something that is scary bad on slick surfaces. Ultimately I'll keep these shoes and likely replace them with another pair when they wear out because they just fit my feet and I have huge problems finding shoes that fit. But I strongly believe that Oboz needs a complete rethink of their outsoles.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated5out of5byBatmaamfromgreat shoeMy son used this shoe to climb Superstition Mountain and they did great. Nice stability, comfortable, and did their job.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated5out of5byklorfromLight, comfortable & well designedI intended to buy the Merrell Moab Ventilator, but the lacing was too open across my instep. The Oboz was better designed for a wide foot and high instep. The lace eye-loops are closer together and comfortable. My toes also have more room.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated4out of5byCarlsbadfromHappy CamperI had a pair of M***** shoes that I loved, but when I went to replace them the fit was totally different from my earlier pair. I tried exchanging for a "wide" but it didn't help. I tried them all and the Oboz were the most comfortable so I took them. I like them and if I were buying today, I'd buy exactly the same shoes. They are a little more ridgid in the soul than the M****** but not so you would notice.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated4out of5byChiplfromCould not be happier with this pair of sWas looking for a shoe that could work for both my trail walking as well as for work (we have a causal dress code) and this shoe is one of gone best in comfort - even after 12+ hours on my feet.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated3out of5byInstigatorfromGood But Treadwear IssuesThe Sawtooth is potentially a good mid-market hiking shoe. Not Oboz Firebrands but they have many of that great shoe's virtues...just less rugged overall. Unfortunately, the treads of my Sawtooths wore to slicks after only about 200 miles - all trail and fire-road, no pavement. Uppers are still like new...
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated2out of5byBCSinAZfromSore arches - I guess just not for me.I bought these looking to replace my Merrell Radius and New Balance 810's that I've worn the tread out. I've recently started doing some Canyoneering trips in Zion and have been looking for a versatile shoe that would do good on wet rock, drain well when wet but also hold up to the hard terrain that I normally hike (primary function). Plus we were planning on hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim and needed a new shoe for that trip (Didn't go due to Gov't shutdown - would have been our 3rd time)
I typically hike 2-3 days a week (7+ mile trips) on South Mountain here in PHX where much of the terrain is somewhat sharp, rough rock that will tear up any soft soled shoes (I do National and Marcos de Niza trails). I decided to give these a go out after reading the good reviews and getting fitted in the store. I wore them around the house and at work for several days to break them in before putting them to the test. They felt great initially but after my 1st hike, my arches were very sore (more on my left than right). I rested a couple of days, did the same hike with the same discomfort. Needless to say I was a bit disappointed cause I was very happy with the weight and the traction was spectacular. I took them back but after talking to the guys at the store bought some sole inserts (another $35) to give them another shot. It was another 2 days before I tried them out and again my arches were sore after the hike. I've never had this happen w/any other shoe I've purchased, nor did I strain anything in my foot so I have to attribute it to the shoe (I would say I have normal feet, not narrow, not wide). I hiked again this past weekend in my NB 810's and had no issues. SO, it has to be the shoe and will be returning them this week. Could it be a mfg defect? Perhaps but don't think so and now I'm once bit with Oboz and won't be buying them again.
Date published: 2013-10-06
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