I really liked these boots. I’ve put them at number four on my top 10 list and the only reason they’re not higher is because they don’t offer the added protection that the others do. The sole is soft and flexes very easily and the materials used to make the boots are very high-qualty. The best adjective I can think of to describe this boot is “soft,” and that’s where the incredible comfort comes from.
I recommend these boots for light hiking and trail walking. Whilst they are superbly designed, they don’t offer the adequate protection needed for heavy duty trekking. The sole is neither thick nor strong enough and the material used for the upper isn’t able to withstand hard wear.
That said, these boots are the best possible option for the kind of activity they’re designed for. For light to medium level hiking these are some of the most comfortable and feature-rich boots available.
Price Weight (Pair) Material Best For £150 Approx. 1200 g Nubuck Leather Medium Intensity Hiking
Best For: Medium-intensity hiking, everyday use, working well in all weather.
Best Bits: The boots are incredibly comfortable and require no break-in time. They look good.
Worst Bits: The rand felt a bit flimsy and the insole was poorly padded.
Upper: Gore-Tex inner liner, nubuck leather.
Insole: “Climate Control” branded Lowa insole.
The first thing that struck me about these boots was the pleasing visual design. Images of walks through forests and long lush trails somehow came to mind. You can get them in a whole array of different colours depending on your personal taste.
They are comfortable right off the bat. The outsole and midsole both flex easily and the light padding throughout the interior of the boot create an instantly snug fit . They’re completely waterproof and all of the individual parts, from the lacing system to the ankle padding are well crafted. They’re also very breathable. According to LOWA, they’ve fitted the Gore-Tex in a unique way as to prevent sweat and heat build-up in common danger spots. After a full day of walking my feet felt cool and dry.
The outsole is made by Vibram and, in a boot designed for light hiking, is the best that I’ve come across in terms of thickness, durability and traction.
If I had to change anything it would be the insole, which didn’t offer much cushioning. I quickly replaced it with a more padded one. Also, I couldn’t help but feel that the plastic rand on the base of the boot felt a bit flimsy and cheap.
The price for these is an interesting one. At a £150 they’re not cheap and you would be justified in wanting to get a pair of boots that could withstand more difficult terrain and much longer hikes.
That said, if you’re looking for a pair of very comfortable hiking boots for anything from going on a daily stroll to light back packing and trail walking that will last for years and provide you with the maximum amount of comfort then these boots are without a doubt the best possible choice to go with.