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 break in easy. Now, let me make a very strong point here! I have always practiced and taught that you never break in a pair of new boots on the day of your adventure. I was very aware of this and knew I was taking a serious risk in purchasing new boots the night before our trip.
When trying on the new Zephyr GTX Mid boots by Lowa I was completely shocked by how comfortable they were right away. They felt as if they were already broken in!
I was still concerned though because I was trying them on without any weight bearing down on me and on my feet. I did consider just wearing my heavy, rigid, and so-called broken-in leather boots and figured either way I was probably going to get blisters so I decided to take the risk anyway and I purchased the boots. I immediately put them on to start breaking them in as best I could so I could at least maximize the amount of break in time I had available.
The next morning we were on the trail and I was packing an extra 50-60 lbs of weight on my back. To my great astonishment my boots felt so unbelievably comfortable that I didnt get one single blister the entire trip. These boots were so well constructed with the lightweight material and design that my feet were happy from the moment I tried them on.
I am excited for my next adventure, which is hunting in the Alaska tundra in August where my boots can be put to the test again!
Thank you Lowa for making a boot that met my challenge!
- Brandon F.
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