I’m headed to one of my dream trips, that being Peru, in June of 2017 and I’ve been slowly piecing gear together. I’ve been checking out items through internet research, friends and the FB community Adventure Some Women. I finally found myself in Utah, with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon in December, and decided I would go to REI and finally try on some boots. The brands at the top of my list were KEEN, Saloman, Vasque, and Lowa. I am a total noob when in the field of hiking boot erudition, so I went in with the most shallow forethought: COLOR! I figure I would narrow it down from there. Don’t judge me, I can be very vain.
My price point was $200 and after trying on all four brands, I spent the extra $30 on the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid. I have wide feet, as exclaimed by the sales lady. Yes, she literally exclaimed it. After donning on the thickest hiking socks I could find, I liked how there was no “pinkie toe rub” (PTR) as I walked around, jumped up and down, and even shuffled along the carpet. I was doing everything I could to see if I could initiate PTR and nothing! The boots are very light at a weight of 2lbs, they’re waterproof and were comfortable right out of the box. The ankle support was second to none as I felt the support without feeling any constriction of movement. Lowa is constructed in Europe, my particular pair being from Slovakia. The color of choice, not that I had a choice since REI was limited to color ways in-store, was Taupe/Sepia which is a very neutral brown. After bidding Taffy, my REI consultant adieu, I set off to the Pipeline Trail in Mill Creek Canyon to put these puppies to the test!
When I arrived, it had been raining all night and rain was still spitting little droplets, tickling my nose and making me want a hot salted caramel latte with almond milk to go along with the chilly afternoon. It was a balmy 43F in December and snow on the trail had become paths of ice slides and wet slush. Mother Nature had made her own slick slip-n-slide and I was ready to get on board! The whole time I climbed; the whole time I thought how it was going to be a bitch to get down. At an elevation gain of 800 feet, I cannot comment on the traction of the Lowas as that would be like commenting on a 4×4 versus black ice. However, the waterproof quality of the boots were excellent! I purposefully stepped in many a rainy puddle and aqueos snow and was pleased to have gotten to the car after over 3 miles to discover my feet were the only things that were dry. PTR never appeared, the nubuck leather was easy to clean the mud pies off of and I even forgot I was wearing hiking boots.
Keep in mind this is an initial review. I was just so impressed with them out of the box, I decided to go ahead and write my honest impression. Make sure you do lots of research before spending your hard earned cashola.
To wrap it up, I’m really pleased with this find and purchasing boots for $230 at REI is a no brainer. They have a one year return policy should I run into problems with my Lowa hiking boots. If they suck down the road, I will definitely update this review. If they don’t, I’ll see you on the trails in my Lowa boots, yo! (Sorry, I don’t know…the YO just seemed to fit).
Want to try Lowa boots without committing? If you’re lucky enough to be near one of their demo centers, you can take a hike on them!
Much love and Aloha,
your brown isn’t such a bad color clueless wanderer