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The Best Hiking Boots and Shoes for Men - AFAR Review

October 06, 2020

AFAR’s guide to the best men’s hiking shoes and boots:

When AFAR senior editor Tim Chester was preparing to go on a heli-hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies in 2019, he was able to wear his Lowa Renegade GTX Mid hiking boots around the house only a few times, much to his guide’s consternation.

“But this pair fit perfectly and didn’t give me any grief,” he says.

“They were very comfortable, even before they’d been fully broken in, and offered excellent support on all kinds of terrain in Canada’s high-altitude wilderness.

Best Overall Hunting Boot for Women: Lowa Renegade GTX - Gear Junkie

September 27, 2020

I’ve been wearing my Lowa Renegades for 5 years, and it’s almost impossible for me to trade out at this point. They’re truly a rugged, mountain-eating, feet-warming beast.

The stabilization is the best I’ve experienced in a boot, and even after tackling Montana gumbo, rocks, hills, and scree, they’re worn-in but not worn down and I’ve done nothing to help them. I can go for a fall cruiser hike in them, tackle a solo deer hunt in the rockier high country, or sit in cold temps for the elk closer, no problem. And I’ve done all of the above.

LOWA Explorer GTX Mid Review - by Marie Malinowski

August 20, 2020

The LOWA Explorer GTX Mid is a slim-downed, lightweight, fast, flexible and agile backpacking boot that blends the best of a traditional, aggressive mountainous pack-carrying mule with a modern, lightweight, agile boot. But make no mistake. The Explorers are a backpacking boot.

Break-in Period

Some boots require a break-in period, some are ready to hike right outside the box. Boots that generally require a break-in period are the burly leather models in which the leather needs time to soften and conform to your feet.

Ski Mountaineering & “BEYOND SKIING EVEREST” Premiere - An interview with Mike Marolt, LOWA Ambassador (pt. 1)

July 01, 2020

In 2000, CPAs, and identical twins Mike & Steve Marolt, along with their life-long friend Jim Gile, became the first Americans to climb and ski from above 8,000 meters (26,250 ft) when they skied from the central peak of Shishapangma, Tibet, placing them placed them amongst the world’s greatest ski mountaineers. In 2003, the team followed up with a first-ever American ski descent of the North Ridge of Everest.

LOWA INNOX Pro GTX Lo - Best Footwear of 2020 - Backpacker Magazine

May 04, 2020

LOWA Innox Pro GTX LO: Light but sturdiest footwear

Don’t let this low-cut boot’s modest weight fool you: It carries like a champ.

A double-injected PU midsole provides impressive rebound and makes it stride more like an athletic shoe than a hiking boot, and, combined with a lightweight midsole shank, never left us with sore feet while we hoofed loads up to 50 pounds. LOWA also keeps the ounces off with a one-piece mesh upper that’s still adequately supportive in off-trail scenarios.