Approach Pro GTX Lo
1 review


This new athletically inspired approach & via ferrata shoe was designed in collaboration with our Pro Team athletes. It features ultra-lightweight fabric uppers set on a new low-profile sole design for superb close-to-the-ground feel and stability. Exclusive Double-Speed Lace System allows you to adjust both the forefoot and rear-foot zones for a custom fit. Durably waterproof/breathable.

  • Upper Material: Abrasion-resistant Synthetic Fabric
  • Upper: Protection Rubber Toe & Heel Protection
  • Construction: Board Lasted - Cemented Sole
  • Lining: GORE-TEX®
  • Lacing: Hardware Double Speed Lace
  • Special Lacing: Fit Ribbon®
  • Additional Hardware: Fit Wing®
  • Insole: Climate Control Footbed
  • Midsole: Low Profile DuraPU®
  • Sole: VIBRAM® Rock Trac
  • Stabilizer: Hard
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Weight (lb): 1.98
  • Resolable: Yes

"Bashing through thick alder scrub? No problem. Trundling down a screen slide? Perfectly at home. Smearing up casual granite? Bring it.” -

Please Note: Actual footwear color may differ slightly from the photos you view on this website.

El Cap without the hassle? Having discovered the joys of via Ferrata in France, then over in their original home in the Dolomites and then back to France, I was doing them in a mix of hiking boots, running shoes, and with the occasional desire for a rock shoe thrown in the mix at some more desperate moments. In spite of originally wondering whether a dedicated shoe for via Ferrata was justified, it is good to be able to actually have something that gets me through the approaches comfortably, up the steeps confidently, out over the overhangs feeling light and airy and back to the village for lunch. This shoe does a great job of mixing the variable needs: approaching, climbing, perhaps even facing a bit of rain or snow at times. It's closely cropped like a rock shoe so good on the steeps and when the stemples are a bit thin, and fits tight around the heel. The laces snug up at top and bottom so you can get a good fit on the trail and cinch them all down when you get nervous. The sizing and fit for me is right, as with all Lowa's (why I started wearing them long before I was ever an Ambassador for them). However, if you prefer thicker socks or wear in cold weather and want a bit more warmth, consider going up a half size as they fit relatively snugly. Not rock shoe tight by any means, but close to the foot. With the newer French sport via Ferratas getting ever more difficult, its been good to have a shoe designed just for via Ferrata. My El Cap comment comes from being able to experience the incredible exposure, the fun moves, the great situations - but still have a croissant in the morning, take only a trail running pack and some snacks, have almost no gear, and be back for a late lunch without all that big wall preparation and logistics getting in the way. If you think via Ferrata are all easy, head off to the Cevannes and try the one above Florac - the exposure and challenge of 25 meters of overhang leading up to a monstrous roof is not dissimilar to the feeling you get going over the roof on the Salathe on El Cap. And the way into it is along a zip cable strung high over the valley and village far, far below. C'est bon.
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