I'm a Scoutmaster working with a small Troop in Mexico City. While my Lowa boots have carried me throughout Mexico and Texas (where I work summers as a metalworking instructor at a Scout camp), I felt this trip to San Luis Potosi, where we explored waterfalls and leapt off most of them (the tallest being 12 metres, 39 feet) is the most noteworthy trip I have been on since purchasing these boots.
We visited Tamul's waterfall, which could only be reached by canoes. While we couldn't get too close to the 150 foot waterfall, there was a small cliff with a vertical drop where we jumped from into the water. I had trouble jumping from diving boards at pools my whole life, and here I was about to commit to a 12 metre drop into cloudy water. While I wasn't sure of letting the boys jump since I couldn't see the bottom, a group of 30 tour guides in training had just jumped. I must say, it was the longest 2 seconds of my life, and I couldn't wait for more.
The following day we travelled to Micos Committee members of the Troop, were coerced into jumping by the Scouts, and its possibly the most daring thing either of them have ever done, or the farthest out of their comfort zone they have ever gone. I have given them some solid use, the Lowa GTX, walking on everything from pavement to rocks and through mud and water. I have never owned a goretex boot before, and I'm very happy with them.
This trip was the ultimate test for them, since I sent the good part of two days with water at least up to my ankles and walking across swift water. I was very impressed at how, even when fully submerged, I could feel water pressure against my foot the way I would when wearing rubber boots. I'd feel confident in saying that the only reason my toes got wet was because I was wearing socks that allowed water to seep in.
I'm definitely going to replace these with another Lowa pair when they wear out.
Yours in Scouting,