A lightweight, comfortably-fitting trekking boot, the Lowa Women’s Vantage GTX Mid is an excellent balance of cushioning and support. TPU toe and heel guards bolster durability and a GORE-TEX lining offers waterproof/breathable protection.
This light weight trekking boot gives an excellent balance between light weight perfor-mance, cushioning and support. It is the Lowa women’s Vantage GORE-TEX Mid boot. And the first thing that stood out to me was the classic design mixed with some new innovations. So when you first look at this boot it is an alpine style boot. It has a really classic and simple design. But they have got some innovations, some different materials here in both the upper, the mid and the outsole that give you a lot of support and a lot of cushioning at a pretty low weight.
The different materials in the upper here are split leather mixed with synthetic Cordura material. So that Cordura is a very, very durable synthetic material so it keeps the weight down a little bit in the boot. But they put that split leather in places that you need a little bit more durability. So you have got overlays here in spots that tend to wear out quicker. Back here in the heel you have a nice durable heel counter so as you break in the shoe this part of the heel isn’t going to get too flexible. The same thing in the toe. So you have got a lot of protection here on the toe.
And since this is pretty light weight for this design, it doesn’t require a really long break in period that some full leather boots would. So it has a nice out of the box feel. It re-quires a little bit of break in time, just like any light weight boot. But here on the eyelets all metal eyelets. It is a lot of durability there. And you have sort of an alpine lacing system where the laces come pretty far down into the toe box. So if you need to, if you are getting to some areas where you feel like you are scrambling, you can really tighten those laces down just so you have a lot more support and a lot... a better purchase on the rock.
There is an interesting design with the eyelets here. So the top four eyelets are open. That allows you to really adjust and cinch down the parts that you need to. The other parts that you want to leave a little bit more loose, you can do that as well. So, you know, if you really need to bear down on these laces, you can do that.
There is an interesting innovation here on the tongue. They give an extra eyelet here in the middle. So I can see this being really great if you need to tighten the eyelets down here on top of your foot, but you want to leave some of these eyelets a little more loose on top, you can use that to really cinch it down. This also pushes your heel into the heel of the boot and that provides a lot of stability. So you are not going to have a lot of movement back and forth with your heel. It is going to cut down on blisters. So I see this as being a really great innovation right here on the middle of the tongue. It is really durable and, again, you can have a lot of adjustability with loosening and tightening the laces.
Of course as the name suggests this is a GORE-TEX boot. So you have got full water-proof protection. With GORE-TEX it is a waterproof material, but it is also breathable. So it is going to keep your foot nice and comfortable and dry and just the overall feel of the inside of the boot is really comfortable. You have got some cushioning here that feels durable, but it is also going to hug around your ankle and the same thing on the tongue of the shoe. So a lot of comfort there on the inside of the shoe.
Lowa provides a nice removable insole in their shoes. They call this their climate control insole. And it is meant to wick away sweat. So as you are moving fast on warm days it is going to wick away the sweat inside your shoe to keep you nice and dry. It is going to cut down on blisters and it is going to keep you overall more comfortable. It has nice shaping here. So a little bit more beefy than I have seen in some other back packing and hiking shoes. It is obviously removable so if you have your own insoles or if you have custom orthotics, it will definitely fit inside of this boot.
You do have a women’s specific last with these shoes, so they don’t just take the men’s and make them smaller for the sizes. They really put a lot of technology into a women’s specific lasting board. These are board lasted, so you are going to have a lot of weight bearing stability. These are going to last a long time.
In the midsole here you have a couple of different materials that provide cushioning to keep you uncomfortable, but they do offer a lot of stability and support. These are a pretty rigid shoe. If I bend them a little bit here, you can see how much support there is. So that is going to provide a lot of stability under the heavy weight of a pack.
You have a five millimeter nylon heel and then you have a two millimeter forefoot. So you do have a little bit higher heel there. And that is just going to provide a lot of for-ward motion as you are hiking.
You have plush PU or polyurethane cushioning through the midsole. So, again, that is going to keep you nice and comfortable. And a lot of durability here on the outsole. So you have got Lowa’s trail light two outsole. It provides a lot of traction on rock. And so since this is an alpine style shoe, you are going to have a lot of good purchase on the rock.
They even have a little climbing zone up here so that is more rigid here in the toe. That is going to give you really good stability on rocks if you are scrambling. If you are on slabby areas, it is going to be really great here in the toe area. And, again, you do have that heel and you have got some breaking lugs here in the back. So if you are moving fast down hill you are not going to feel like you are sliding around. So overall really great traction with the outsole.
With the alpine design of this shoe, you are going to have stability on all different types of terrain. You have got a pretty low break in time with the different materials here in the upper and with all the little innovations and the attentions to detail, you know you are getting a really great quality boot that is going to last you a long time.
It is the Lowa women’s Vantage GORE-TEX Mid trekking boot.