DESCRIPTION: Low Hiking Shoe
MATERIAL: Synthetic Leather Overlays & Highly Abrasion Resistant Textile Tongue/Collar , TPU Heel Counter
WEIGHT:W7: 13.3 oz
Wouldn’t you know it, my Keen’s have worn out. But after 3 years of intense adventures…what do I expect! It was way past time to replace them so I headed down to my local gear shops to check out my options. After not finding exactly what I wanted at the used shops, or even at REI (mostly because no one helped me out…) I stopped by Mountain Chalet in Colorado Springs. The first time I went in, the super helpful staff had me try on about 5 different types of low hikers, not finding the fit I wanted. The second time I went in, I noticed a new option. The Oboz Switchback. At first, they didn’t have the size I needed, well, except for one on hold. I tried that one on and immediately was ready to walk out the door with them on! Although they were on hold for over a month already, they’d have to stay that way. So, I went ahead and put another pair on hold for myself!
My feet are really hard to please, they are very narrow and I have a skinny heel. The Oboz seemed to be the only ones that felt like they hugged my feet enough to support them on the trail. The molded heel counter held my heel in place well, no slipping or collapsing. I also need comfortable hiking shoes because my hikers usually serve as my day-to-day shoes. I always want to feel ready for adventure! For example, today we were running errands and had had enough. We wanted to take a break and get out to hike so we dropped by the Garden of the Gods for some exploring! Right away, I could tell these shoes would be awesome. The lugs on the sole seemed to dig into the loose scree on the way up a hill. Down the other side, on an abrasive hill of sandstone, the shoes had a grip so great that my feet were just about at a 75 degree angle and were still sticking to the rock.
The traction was never an issue and the support provided adequate protection from ankle rolls. The description of the Switchbacks is spot on when it talks about wanting to stay outside longer: “Too many catalogs describe products that “can summit a peak in the morning and shine at the brew pub in the afternoon”. Forget the brewpub; you’ll be lucky to get back to the trailhead before dark. For days like these, stash a few cold 12oz. snacks in your pack and take along the Switchback’s deep-lugged traction, foot-hugging upper, and ultra-supportive TPU Chassis.” I look forward to putting them on every day and I just don’t want to take them off at night!
They performed well on all types of dry and muddy surfaces and I’m excited for the winter days and trails!