Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots

Today starts a fresh day with Just{elation} as a long term review begins for a pair of Lowa Renegade GTX Hiking Boots!  It’s an exciting time as we embark on this together!

The Renegade GTX hiking boots have some great notable features from the first time you see them sitting on the shelf.  Besides the fact that they’re offered in 8 colors ranging from brown (tested) to a rather bold red, the nubuck leather has a great look with seams that are double stitched throughout the boots.  At first glance you’ll also notice the somewhat unique lacing pattern which is common in several longer distance trekking boots, often referred to as “derby” lacing which is said to hug the feet comfortably.

The soles of the boots are notably made by the Italian company Vibram.  One of the first thing noticed is that the Vibram Evo sole wraps up around the boot sides in what Lowa calles the MonoWrap sole, increasing stability and durability in the boots.  Looking at the tread pattern you can see multi-directional lugs, which Vibram and Lowa like to point out as the heal has lugs designed to grab while going downhill as well as uphill.  You’ll notice these lugs as the lugs that look like arrows pointing to the back of the boot, allowing the sole to grip loose items and not allow them to slid further back in the sole.  The rubber is soft to allow them to grip slippery rocks or snowy trailheads.

Vibram Evo Sole

Vibram Evo Sole

Buried inside the sole is a full length nylon shank.  The boots are designed with day and weekend hiking specifically in mind, and the shank isn’t extremely stiff, instead it has some flexibility to it.  When reading several customer reviews on these boots some complain that the shank isn’t stiff enough for stability on multi week hikes with heavy packs.  Lowa clearly claims on their site that these are simply not made for long term heavy loads, so leave these home for your Appalachian Trail thru hike next year, but grab them for weekend trips!

The nubuck leather offers an incredibly smooth and soft feel along with a sleek look to these boots.  Seeing the MonoWrap sole design wrap up around the footbed appears to give more surface area for the sole to bond to the leather uppers for increased durability.  The leather is lined with Lowa’s exclusive seam-free Gore-Tex liner which is bonded to the leather.  This helps to prevent “hot-spots” in the liners to help prevent pesky blisters, as well as preventing the Gore-Tex liners from ever getting bunched up in the boots.

Upon first trying on the boots, increasing your normal size by about 1/2 a size seems to be needed.  They also make the boots in wide and narrow widths ensuring a good fit.  For those with higher arches, the included insoles are nearly worthless.  For this long term test, we’re combing the test with a pair of Superfeet also being part of a long term test.

So the testing begins.  Check back for 1, 2, 4, 6, and 12 month tests coming soon!  These will be tested on trails, in snow, on gravel, through rock-beds, and out on the town, because they seem like boots just perfect for that!

1 Month Review: After a month of use both indoors and outdoors, the Lowa Renegades are performing perfectly.  The traction made possible from the Vibram sole is extremely good, especially on the trail where these boots really come alive.  The GoreTex liner continues to keep feet dry, and shows no significant signs of wear and tear.  The outsides of the boots clean nicely, and have no bad stains, even from some use in snow and slush.

Product Being Tested:  Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Purchase from Amazon: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot

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