I recently purchased a pair of LOWAs and I had little time to break them in. In fact the longest walk I had was 5 miles of moderate trail walking.
Yesterday, I took them to North Carolina for a trip to Cold Mountain (same mountain as the movie and novel of that name). The terrain was very rugged with steep ascents and descents,long jumbled rock gardens and numerous blowdowns. Add to all of this 11 miles of heavy rain and slick trails.
The boots performed magnificently. I not only had no blisters I didn't even have a hot spot. All of this with virtually no break-in time. The lacing system allowed me to change the fit of the boot quickly for some of the long downhills.
I have been hiking and backpacking for more than 25 years and these are BY FAR the most comfortable boots I have used.
Cold Mountain, North Carolina
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