US manufacturers Oboz are just starting out in the UK market, but based on this offering they are serious contenders. Firstly, they feel fantastic underfoot: I’d say the Oboz BFit insole is the comfiest of any in this test. The arch support is supremely stabilising and makes the very act of putting one foot in front of another a joy. And they are armed to the hilt with an array of protective measures, including a bulbous toe-box to protect against knocks, strong nubuck leather on the upper to ensure they hold their shape and a meaty outsole which stands firm on tough terrain. My feet felt secure at all times in the Sawtooths, although I would have liked a little more ankle support to tackle the truly gnarly stuff. As a mid-cut, these fall a little short of mountain-grade boots but if you’re not planning on venturing into ankle-snapping terrain, these will see you right in every other way.
Sizes: 4-8.5 (including half sizes)
Weight: 1022g (pair)
Waterproof/breathable lining: BDry membrane
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 0161 366 5020, www.obozfootwear.com
Rugged on a budget: these boots mean business and are hard to beat at this price.