Showing posts from 2013

My Go-To Boots

I purchased my first set of Lowa boots in March of this year. I decided to go with the Ranger GTX and my plan was to use them as an early season, warm weather, hunting boot. Archery season would start in September for both deer and elk, and I couldn’t wait to get out there and put my new boots to the test.

My journey with the boots started months before, I would use them for my hikes getting prepared for the season.

I started off doing a mile to mile and a half hikes up and down hills and worked my way up to 5 mile hikes with a sixty pound pack on my back. Not once did the Rangers give me a blister or cause my feet to hurt, I was amazed and fell in love with them.

After several months and many miles on the boots, it was finally time to get out there and put them through the riggers of an eight day elk hunting trip.

I should mention this is an eight day elk hunting trip in the mid to high country of Wyoming.

My brother and I had decided to go the last 8 days of the month, thinking we…

An Unplanned Encounter

I just returned from a rain-drenched elk hunt in Colorado in which I witnessed many boots fail, except for my Lowas that I picked up along the way.

As I was preparing for this trip in the weeks before, I did a lot of research on boots, and saw tons of great reviews for Lowa, but none of my local stores carried the brand so I hesitated buying without trying them first. Thus, I tried some other brands, and none fit quite right so I opted to stay with my tried and proven hunting boots.

Come to find out, those boots were a little too tried and proven, and leaked on the very first day. We tried for two nights to dry them out to no avail, so off to town I went with my wet and blistered feet. At the 4th store I visited in Durango, they brought out a pair a size larger than I normally wear in the Zephyr GTX model.

I am not sure if it was the fact that I was finally wearing something dry after 2 plus days, but it was like euphoria. With precious time from my hunting trip ticking away there wa…

4 Weeks in Norway

On July 16th, my husband and I went on a 4 1/2 week trip to Norway. I was very interested in getting a pair of hiking boots because I knew that I would be doing a lot of hiking. I bought the boots l week before we went on the trip. I was a little bit nervous about buying the boots because it usually takes me a long time to break in shoes.

I wore them around the house for one day and decided to take a leap of faith and take them for a real hike. The hike was for several miles with uphill elevation. I was prepared for my feet to be in agony. To my delight, I felt nothing but goodness in my feet after completing the hike.

I confidently brought the boots to Norway with no problem! This was unheard for me. I am now looking to buy another pair 2 months after buying the first pair. I LOVE THEM! THANK YOU!

~ Gail L.

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Jasper and Banff

I went to the Canadian Rockies (Jasper and Banff) for my honeymoon and hiked in your Lowa boots.

They were amazing!

They survived the backcountry (mud, river crossings, mountain passes, snow, and grizzlies) and were the best boot I've ever owned!

Thanks for allowing me to make some great memories in these!

~ Emily T.

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Mt. Rainier

My wife and I took a vacation to Mt. Rainier National Park in August. We hiked for five days all over the park covering 35 miles and gaining a total of over 15,000 of feet of elevation.

We had great weather and a really fantastic time. We saw mountain goats, deer, lots of marmots and one bear.

The alpine meadows and views are some of the best we have ever seen.  I wore my Lowa boots the entire time, but had a problem with the boot during the final day of hiking. When we returned home, I contacted Lowa and they took care of the issue.

When I purchase high end products I expect longevity, support from the company and/or serviceability.

The support from Lowa was outstanding. I would like to thank the entire Lowa organization and Christian M, in particular for his help.

Lowa boots are very comfortable and I highly recommend them. I look forward to many years of hiking in Lowa boots.

- Ed S.

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500 Miles

I and my LOWA Boots walked the 500 mile Camino De Santiago in Spain this last spring, encountering all types of weather along the way.

I am proud to report that my Lowa Renegades held up admirably.

I believe - no, I know -  that my Lowas could walk another 500 miles!

Thank you for creating such a fine product!

- Peter C.

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Surviving Manhattan

* Dan Nash, of Satori Adventures, is a LOWA sponsored athlete. This is his story from his most recent trip to Peru.

Waiting out a storm high in the mountains is the side of mountaineering that is not thrilling, exciting, or flashy. They don’t make movies about it, magazines don’t right about it, but we have all had done it numerous times. Waiting, sometimes for hours and sometimes for days, means a lot of time in a tent with someone that you (hopefully) like. Your time is spent trying to find ways to beat down the boredom of listening to the wind pound on the tent and peering through the vestibule to see if the skies are clearing, only to find less visibility and more snow than the last time you looked outside.

Waiting, eating, talking, waiting, reading, listening to your iPod, going outside to pee, waiting, playing solitaire, eating, sleeping, waiting, reading, listening to the same songs again on your IPod – the cycle becomes endless. Small details that were not important a…

THE LIST: Things I have done in my Lowa Tibets...

Things I have done in my Lowa Tibet Pro GTX's: Gone hunting (deer, pheasant, quail, dove, duck, geese, snipe, rabbit, and squirrel.)Done research (completed my M.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management in them.)Rescued stranded marine mammals on stranding response teams on Atlantic and Pacific coasts.Helped hatchling sea turtles to the ocean after hatching.Danced.Worked around the yard and house.Conducted necropsies on various species.Picked up girls.Gone on long range back-country hikes.Got caught in barbwire.Chewed on by a dog. (x2)Been shot 3x as a hunting guide.Relaxed around the house.Almost gotten them "broken in just right."  Things I have not done in my Lowa Tibets:Gotten a blister.Gotten them fully "broken in just right."  What they've got to show for it: A bit of wear on the uppers after exposure to salt water. 1 scuff from the barbwire. Dust from today's adventures. :) ~ Lee H.

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Landslides, Avalanche AND a Yak Attack!

It's not until you go backpacking that you realize that your feet are your most prized possession in the world.

It doesn't matter if you're missing a tent pole, have leaky rain gear or lost some rations to squirrels, if you're feet are hurtin' you're not going anywhere.

I am a 19 year old college student who had the amazing opportunity to go on a six week long research expedition studying wildlife management and environmental science in the Himalayas of Nepal this spring.

My friend, Kerri, (pictured) and I both arrived with packs in hand and Lowas on our feet.

After 154 miles of trekking, several landslides, two avalanches, summiting both South and North base camp of Mt. Kangchenjunga (28,170'), and one attack by a yak later, she and I were whole heartedly in love with our boots.

In my four weeks of hiking in the steepest mountain range in the world, I not once got a single blister or even a hot spot! My feet stayed dry in river crossings, and they worked l…

A New Era

After 10 years and countless miles through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it was time to retire my old pair of trusty Trekkers.

Of course, the only way you can replace a pair of Trekkers is with another set of Trekkers!

 This marks an end of an era and the beginning of a new. Looking forward to many more comfortable miles in the mountains!

- Ethan S.

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Granite Chalet on the Highline Trail

Enclosed are a few photos of our annual Labor Day Hike in the Park. Glacier that is. We hiked to Granite Chalet on the Highline Trail, then down to the first hairpin turn on the Going To The Sun road.

Nik made the 12 mile hike without a blister even with the Baltoro's being new (no break in.) The top picture is of Nik and his Mother at Granite Chalet with Heaven's Peak in the background.

This photo, is of Nik, after our long hike, being transported to the Belton Chalet for a well-deserved gourmet meal!

Keep making great boots!
~ Nick S.

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Best Boot EVER!!!

Scott did a lot of research on boots, as we were planning a trip to Yosemite to hike the half dome.

For Christmas, I bought him a pair of Lowa boots from REI - the Lowa Renegade LL Mid Hiking Boots - he tried them on and wore them around house. Getting closer to the hike trip June 2013, I needed to get a pair of hiking boots also. At REI, I saw the Lowa Bora GTX QC Hiking Boots - on sale and I decided to buy them.

I work for a roofing contractor in Las Vegas so I decided I would wear them to work, to walk some roofs, and break them in. To my surprise, I needed no break-in. I did not get sweaty feet, no blisters, no hot spots, the boots where like wearing nothing.

I can't image doing any hike, let alone the difficult hike of half dome with ANY other boot. Your product is wonderful, and I have told everyone I know that hikes to get your product - as it is the best boot EVER!!! Well worth the money. Thank you for helping me to achieve my half dome conquer!!

By the way... I went up a…

The Last Minute Boot Purchase.

I was asked to volunteer my time as an adult leader on a Boy Scout backpacking trip for our local church affiliated Boy Scout troop. My son and several other boys had planned a 3-day backpacking trip to the Lost Creek Wilderness area in Colorado. One of the adult leaders had an emergency family situation arise and last minute could not go putting the whole trip on the chopping block.

Since my line of work allows me freedom with my schedule and knowing how much these boys were excited about going on this trip I made some quick arrangements and cleared up my schedule. My only problem was my boots I usually wear for backpacking were more geared for mountaineering and the last time I went backpacking in them I was plagued with multiple blisters.

I concluded that I did not want to wear those heavy leather boots this time around and worry about constantly treating my feet for blisters or hot spots during the trip.

I went to a local REI store looking for a lightweight hiking boot that would…