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Oboz Gallatin Low-cut Hiking Boot

A low-cut hiker that's stable and waterproof.

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Oboz has released a new low-cut hiker that bridges the gap between casual and durable. The boots ventured from Oregon to El Salvador in an all-out test for comfort and performance.

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The multi -sport Oboz Gallatin fit my needs nicely as a good all-around shoe that worked well on day hikes, around town, and were even comfortable to wear on a plane, but small enough to pack easily in a duffel.

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The tread patterns is not over the top, but gripped well and didn’t cake with sand and mud; small rubber circles break up mud clogs. They also cleaned easily and even feature a topo map.

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For a low-cut shoe, the Gallatins had great foot support while going down cliffs and through terrain that resembled Swiss cheese. In El Salvador, I didn’t have any foot rolling problems even on nasty hills.

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The Gallatins are also waterproof, which came in handy on multiple stream & puddle crossings. The water beads up and rolls off Oboz’s own waterproof/breathable membrane. They have an oiled suede and nubuck leather upper, and bomber rubber toe.

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In Oregon, the shoes put up with extremely abrasive rocks, and in El Salvador, light jungle treks with thorns were no match. The shoes were great for 5-mile hikes with a 25-pound pack; for more serious treks I’d want a bit more support.

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I started hiking with them right out of the box and was impressed with the comfort. I have wide feet, so it was a relief not to have any rubbing out of the box. In El Salvador, the shoes breathed well and weren’t hot in the stifling heat.

Photos & text by Joe Flowers