These are my, hands down, go to hiking shoes. Granted, they’re the first pair I’ve ever owned. But after 27 successful hikes with no injuries, I’ve grown pretty dependent on these, and trust them to get me through the hike.
- The lacing is simple, yet strong, allowing me to strap up for a hike, or leave my boots loose for walking to and from the slopes, hotel, or car. After a while, there is some visible wear on the metal lace studs, but I’ve never had an issue with any of the studs breaking off, or even bending
- “GORE-TEX® waterproof liners let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable.” Like I said, I take these boots with me on every hike. This is not an exaggeration. My socks, have NEVER, gotten wet. Seriously, aside from sweat, I have never had the misfortune of finishing a hike with wet socks. I’ve accidentally stepped, whole foot into puddles, walked through snow, even finished a hike through pouring rain, no wet socks. I’ve heard of people finishing a hike with wet socks, and it sounds terrible. If that’s your biggest concern, definitely recommend these boots.
- The boot itself is comfortable. I wear a bates black Navy issued boot to work everyday, and my feet are relieved any time I switch to the Lowa’s. I’d even go as far as to say that, thanks to their cushioning, the Lowa’s are more comfortable than my Vans.
- Lowa is the official boot sponsor of the American Hiking Guides Association (AHGA). If that means anything to you, if not and you just want to hike to hike, ignore this last one.
Nothing on earth is perfect, except tough hikes with rewarding views of course. As such there are two downsides.
- At 1.6 kg (3 pounds and 7 oz.) the boots can feel pretty heavy compared to some lighter weight alternatives. I personally have never felt this while on the trail, as they’re the only boot I’ve owned, but I’ve had a few friends who have set out with me, and prior to the hike the say “Whoah, sick boots man. (picks one up) Dang, they’re pretty heavy though. Again, at no time have I felt dragged down by them (I sometimes run down if I feel the hike didn’t challenge me enough), but if weight is a big issue for you that may be something to consider.
- Due to the ropeway, crisscross, stud-pull decision, they do tend to take a few more seconds to tie than conventional shoes. If you’re in an emergency situation that COULD be an issue, but, as mentioned previously, when I’m just walking to the convenient store or to the car, I generally just loop them around one stud and tie loosely.
Overall, I’m in love with the boots. They are a bit on the pricey side at $299.95, but I do feel that they are well worth the investment. A few comments on the REI website mentioned that the boots fell apart….I’m not really sure how they were taking care of their boots, but again, after 27 hikes, some of them scaling boulders with just these boots as support, they have never let me down.