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.
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 would still have decent weather yet the elk would be further into the rut.
The first morning out, I harvested my first ever elk during archery season. We ended up being about 1/2 mile from camp and the pack out in my Lowa boots was a breeze.
Now it was my brother’s turn to go for his elk. The next few days we put several miles on our boots, crossing creeks, climbing steep hills, through thick downed timber and the Lowas kept my feet dry and comfortable each and every day.
The real test came later in our stay when we got about 18 inches of snow. Still the Lowa Rangers kept my feet dry and warm. The only time my toes got just a little cold is when we sat in the snow for over an hour waiting to see what would walk by. As soon as we started walking again my feet warmed right back up. I couldn't have been happier with the performance of these boots, and am planning on buying the Lowa Hunter Extremes for the later season and unexpected snow storms. It's not that the rangers didn't perform well in these conditions, but figured I'd buy a boot that was made for them.
This October, I had some buddies come out from WA to hunt the steep hills of WY for mule deer and after the first day a good friend of mine was having issues with his boots cutting into his ankles. I let him borrow my Rangers and again they performed to an amazing level of comfort; through steep rugged terrain in snow and mud and not one issue. He liked them so much he is planning on returning his boots and purchasing a pair of the Rangers.
These boots are of great craftsmanship, amazing support, and exceptional comfort. Lowa will be my go to boots no doubt!!
~ Brad H.
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