April 19, 2017

Scarlet Macaws and Howler Monkeys

I have been wearing Lowa Renegades for over 15 years. They were my go-to field boots for conducting ornithological field research in southeastern Arizona desert grasslands.

Now that I am retired, I use them when my husband and I go on international birding trips. The first picture is one of me in my Renegades in the Nanciyaga Reserve, Veracruz, Mexico, after just seeing Scarlet Macaws, Great Curassows, and Mexican howler monkeys.

This photo is of me in my Renegades at the restored ruins of Monte Albán - South Platform, Oaxaca, Mexico. Both were taken during a trip in March 2017.

- Janet R.

February 23, 2017

Mud Mucking in My Renegades

From yesterday’s adventure – PINECREST CANYON – in UTAH!

Myself and Ellie, the Wonder Dog – who, clearly, does not love selfies.

We chased the mud. Without my waterproof Renegade GTXs – making it back to the trail would have been total misery.

We trudged a half-mile through run-off waters to get back to high-ground.

Thanks, LOWA!

- John B.

February 21, 2017

Camino de Santiago

These boots became my closest friend while hiking the Camino to Santiago, first 200 kilometers along the Pyrenees Foothills route and then over 800 kilometers on the Camino Frances.

They were, and continue to be, the best hiking boots I have ever had. Walking 25-30 kilometers a day is tough on the feet. Although I am 60, I really feel my Lowa's allowed me to cruise with much younger walkers.

Blister's cause many pilgrims to rest and heal for 2-3 days along The Way. Not me. I walked pain free for nearly 50 days.

I look forward to many more months of use with these terrific boots. I am just writing to acknowledge your company for an exceptional product.

- Casey O.

February 19, 2017

Irkutsk, Russia… Siberia!

From 2003 to 2016, my wife and I lived in a small city in the Al Buraimi desert in the United Arab Emirates. For 13 years we enjoyed an uninterrupted summer of swimming, short sleeves and sandals. It was fun while it lasted, but we felt we needed a bit of a change, so we applied for a job that could send us anywhere in the world.

We couldn’t believe it when we were offered a posting in Irkutsk, Russia… Siberia! 

Of course, we took it. The biggest challenge for us was to purchase a completely new warm, functional wardrobe to help us live in an environment that couldn’t be any more different from the one we were moving from.

Our contacts in Russia told us we really needed to be mindful of the footwear we planned on bringing. Not only did our shoes and boots have to keep our feet warm when temperatures dropped to -30 or more, but they also had to have a good tread as the sidewalks and streets are covered in snow and ice from October to April.

Luckily, my wife did a lot of research and, after carefully considering many brands, bought Lowa boots for us.

We are here to tell you we couldn’t be happier with them. We thought we’d only have to wear them when we went hiking in the forests outside of town - nope- we have worn our Lowa boots every single day since the first snow fell in the beginning of October… to work, to the forests, to Lake Baikal, to the theatre. (They weren’t kidding about the Siberian sidewalks being covered in ice- it is treacherous out there and the tread on our Lowa boots are really working hard to keep us from falling).

So, not only are they warm and safe, but very comfortable, too!

Thank you!

- Michael G.

February 2, 2017

Badass Boots!

In 2014 I bought my first pair of women's Lowa Renegade Mid GTX® black boots, and I've gotten myself a new pair every year since!

On pair number 3 right now.

They've been with me on almost all my USA adventures from Colorado to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.

They've traveled with me all the way to the Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia, and on my solo 3 week trek of Nepal's Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas.

As long as you guys keep making this perfect boot, I will keep using it! It's such good quality that I have never felt the need to try another brand.

All 3 of my pairs have been totally waterproof, extremely comfy even after days or weeks of wearing them every day on hikes, and very good quality.

And I can't leave out the fact that they're also just very badass looking.

- Rachel M.

January 23, 2017

Linus had his blanket...

I suppose it had to happen.

I mean, Linus had his blanket. I have my Lowa boots. I have trekked around in these boots for almost 30 years. 30 years!

Together we have been on hikes in all seasons, snowshoeing, sledding, and just doing every day things.

These have been the most comfortable boot I own. This weekend I was bragging to my family how well these boots have held up through the years (my kids couldn't remember me having any different boots -- they are 21 and 23 years of age).

The next day I was doing some shopping and noticed something wasn't right. I looked down to see the soles beginning to separate on my boots. I'm just so sad. I wish I could wear them for another 30 years, I love them that much.

Thank you, Lowa, for your excellent workmanship.

- Wendy T.

January 13, 2017

The Clueless Wanderer

I’m headed to one of my dream trips in June of 2017 and I’ve been slowly piecing together gear. 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.

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.

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” 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 that “pinkie toe rub” thing and nothing. The boots are very lightweight, waterproof and comfortable right out of the box. Ankle support was second to none as I felt the support without feeling any constriction of movement.

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 latte to go along with the chilly afternoon.

Mother Nature had made her own slick slip-n-slide and I was ready to get on board!

I was planning on changing back into my regular shoes after my hike, but they were so comfortable, I wore them to complete my errands and finished back at the hotel. I’m really pleased with this find.

See you on the trails!

 Much love and Aloha,
Your clueless wanderer