We are taking a look at the Renegade Gortex Mid boot by Lowa. I have got the women’s version in my hand here, but we are going to talk about the men’s and the women’s. They have a shared feature set, but the women’s is built on a women’s specific last. So Lowa didn’t just take the men’s version and then make it in women’s sizes. They took the fit and feel into consideration.
This is one of the best selling backpacking and hiking boots on the market today. This boot is meant for multi days on the trail for backpacking and day hikes as well. While some backpacking boots feel really rigid and heavy right out of the box, I have found that this boot provides enough support, enough cushioning to support the heavy weight of a pack and fits really well right out of the box.
This is a Gortex boot so you do have that full waterproof protection all around the boot. And it is a leather nubuck upper. You have got some overlays in here as well so they give added durability with that leather. And with any leather boot there is a little bit of a break in time, so take that into consideration before you take this out on a multi day trip.
Taking a look at the lacing system, it is an alpine lacing system which you have got, you know, seven full metal eyelets and you can really dial in that fit by lacing those seven eyelets.
The midsole is Lowa's Monowrap construction which is basically a PU frame that wraps around the foot. And it comes up into the upper part of the boot a little bit more than I have seen on some other backpacking boots. Underfoot there is a full length stabilizer embedded into the midsole and that helps just to protect and stabilize your foot. The out-sole is made of tried and true Vibram EVO. And if you take a look at the lugs you do have a lot of traction in here, a moderate sized heel so that gives a lot of support and trac-tion on the trail. Moving up just, you know, some really good traction, some pretty good lugs there and you have some breaking lugs on the top of the boot as well. So if you are going up and down hill you have got confidence on all different types of surfaces.
The Lowa Renegade Gortex Mid, light weight, yet rugged and stable in all conditions. It is perfect for your next backpacking adventure.
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