I hike a lot in the mountains so I need good trekking boots. They need to be solid, comfortable, light, waterproof and have a firm sole. So far, Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boots have met all my expectations.
They are ankle-high nubuck leather mountain shoes. By now, I have been using them for 3 months. They already underwent a serious tests in all-day hikes in Tatra mountains about which you can read here. There was lots of snow on the trails but, fortunately, no moisture got inside the boots. I also tested them in shorter, several-hour hikes in humid weather and their inside stayed dry.
Big thank you to those awesome people who invented GORE-TEX membrane!
The boots fall in midweight category - they weight 990 grams. Could be better but, I guess, it’s very difficult to find really light all-terrain hiking boots.
Outsole is Vibram Evo and it’s another thing I like about these boots. The sole is firm and amortizes shocks well but its firmness doesn’t make my feet ache after all day – seems a bit flexible and adaptable. During our winter hike in Tatra mountains I also observed that, compared to Bartosz’s “way of hiking”, I was slipping on the snow much less often than he did. I’m not sure if soles of my boots are better or it’s just me being more agile
Some additional elements I find useful in Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boots are: comfortable padded tongue, collar which holds the ankle well and full-length nylon stabilizer.
What I don’t like about the shoes is their price – they cost 600 PLN (about 155 USD). I bought mine at Decathlon because they were a bit cheaper than in other shops. Out of curiosity, I checked their price in a few American online shops – the price soars to 230 USD! That’s quite a lot for a hiking boots...
Another thing which is worth mentioning is that the boots are rather wide. It may be a drawback for some people but it’s brilliant for me – my feet are, unfortunately, rather wide. I guess that hikers with narrow feet would need to wear thicker socks for the boots to hold their feet well.
In general, I find Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boots comfortable and of high quality. Despite being fairly new, they never made me get a blister or a hot spot. They’re good for long hikes in all weather. The major drawback is their price but it may turn out that, in the long run, you’ll pay a lot less with these boots. I will update this post to inform you if they are durable – it’s too soon for now to assess this aspect.
- comfortable (especially well-fitted for wide feet)
- waterproof and breathable thanks to GORE-TEX
- firm sole which absorbs shocks well but is still flexible
- good traction on rough terrain.
- no arch support
Update 23 May 2016: I'm still using Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boots and like them a lot! They're waterproof and comfortable. I'd recommend the boots for all-day hikes both in hilly terrain and high mountains.
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