Showing posts from 2017

Chasing the Rare Horned Guan and Beautiful Vistas

Dawn, on the slope of an ancient volcano in Guatemala.

Hiking up near-vertical switchbacks for hours, chasing both the rare Horned Guan and beautiful vistas.

Normally my feet would be destroyed after a day of this, but with my new LOWA boots I was good to go the next day.

Next stop, Mayan ruins...

- Ian D.

My Pup Fell Into My Boots

Great boots -- why would anyone wear anything else? After returning from training one day, our new dog fell into my Elite Desert boots!

- Scott H.

Two Years..

2 years. Every day.

- Veceslavas

Seriously Mind-Boggling

I purchased my first and only pair of Lowa boots for a backpacking trip I took my Senior year of high school, all the way back in the year 2000.

I am writing your company today for two reasons: The first being to let you know that I am officially retiring my first and only pair of Lowa boots after 17 long years of traveling, exploring, backpacking, snowshoeing and hunting. 

The second reason I am writing you is to say, 'Thank you' and tell you that, without a doubt, these are the best boots I have ever owned.

They have traveled with me to 8 countries, 29 of Colorado's 14 thousand foot summits, countless hunting trips, and more miles than I could count in a lifetime. With all of the anxieties that come with traveling, backpacking, or hunting, I never once worried about my feet.

The fact that these boots made it 17 years through everything I put them through is seriously mind-boggling. Thanks again and I look forward to my next purchase of Lowa boots.

Tony G.
Fort Collins,…

Better Off Red

I fell in love with these boots the minute I saw them!

And, to my surprise they fit like a glove. I've never had any trouble with them at all.

Whenever I can leave Chicago to get out to the Pacific NW, I'm a happy camper.

Here I am enjoying my favorite red Lowa hiking boots, at Mt. St Helens and also at the Columbia River Gorge and on the trail in Oregon.

- Alyse R

Isle Royale

In the dark, cold winter months in Michigan, I plan my summer adventures.

This year I did a 5 day solo backpacking trip to Isle Royale National Park in the cold, deep waters of Michigan's Lake Superior.

The spring and early summer months found equal balance between training and gear acquisition. My first purchase was my Lowa Vantage GTX Mid Boots. I was amazed how these boots held firm to the mud, tree roots, rock, water, and general rough terrain of Isle Royale.

Thank you for making these hardcore boots! I know I have many more adventures ahead of me with my Lowa's.

- Greg H.

Great For Delivering the Mail

You make great boots! I have now been wearing the tall Lowa Zephyr GTX® for 13 months.

The amazing thing is that I am a postal letter carrier and I walk 14 - 18 miles a day in them. This is the longest boots have been comfortable, waterproof, and sole staying in tact.

Just want to say great job ladies and gentlemen!!  I can perform my job safely & comfortably due to your craftsmanship.

-  Michael S

A Perfect Moment

A perfect moment - in Santa Marta, Colombia, South America.

- Steve C.

Everyday Duty Footwear

I'm a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ranger assigned to Staunton State Park. I wear LOWA Renegade boots as my everyday duty footwear.

Yesterday, I took a 10 mile hike into the highest portion of the park. It was an unusually foggy morning as I started my trek. The off trail hiking conditions were extremely steep terrain with several large boulder fields and downed timber, all made worse with the wetness.

Your boots continue to amaze me with their durability, and traction - even in terribly slippery conditions.

These photos depict some of the conditions along the way and my boots at the finish line.

I love my Lowa's and wanted you to know it!

- Mark F.

Lumarjim Trail 1941 AND 2017

Lumarjim Trail 1941 & 2017  
August 1941 Lucy Hasterlik, twenty-year old 1939 Great Falls HS graduate, her eighteen-year old brother Jim, and a friend, Marjorie Tintinger, embarked on an epic ride through the mountains of the then recently designated Primitive Area of what is presently the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.

They rode three saddle horses and trailed a pack pony behind.

Navigation was sketchy, as they employed only a one-page map showing trails in the Flathead and Lewis and Clark National Forests.

They packed relatively light as they opted to discard originally-packed gear and rations in order to ease the load on their one pack horse. They planned to eat pretty well the first part of the trip, then get by more conservatively on the last legs. At one point they gulped down cold tomato soup right out of the can, as the wet weather, hunger, and expediency dictated.

Lucy compiled a journal of the adventure, including black and white photos of several points of interest, oft…

Two Friends Off On A Journey

Hi Lowa:

This is a story about two friends who set off on a journey to find an adventure.

Our packs were loaded and our boots tied tight we left for Colorado.

Thanks to our Lowa boots our feet stayed dry and comfortable on our journey.

- Joe A.

Break In Time!

Time to break in new boots!

My Lowa Baffin Pro's should have lasted me longer than 2.5 years. I suspect that silicone spray accelerated the leather cracking. Then when I mis-stepped in a latrine area, I decided they were done (oh, yes).

Still, they were the best boots I have ever owned, so I replaced them with the updated Lowa Baffin Pro LL II. I am determined to get three years out of these.

- William E.

These Boots Need an Odometer!

I just purchased my first pair of Lowa Renegade GTX® and wore them on a 8-mile hike to break them in. But guess what? They felt like I'd been wearing them for years! Very comfortable and supportive on all the uneven terrain.

I need sturdy, comfortable well-made boots because I spend a lot of time on the trails. I am in my seventh year as a volunteer Wilderness Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service so durability and comfort are crucial!

Not only do I patrol the trails of the San Jacinto Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest assisting hikers, checking permits, etc., but I am also a Sawyer on our cross-cut saw team and am required to wear sturdy, safe boots like these.

I look forward to many, many miles these boots will take me on!!! Too bad they don't have a built-in "odometer" so I could actually record how many miles they will go!

Thank for a good quality and comfortable hiking boot!

- Jana D.

Against the Alps

Good job Lowa!

I just completed 7 days of trekking Mont Blanc! The boots were just fantastic ... they performed well against the Alps!!!!

- Martin T.

Squirrel Pups and Salty Sea Birds

Love these boots!

They've stood up to steady abuse from climbing trees and trudging through snow in the Canadian Yukon (looking for squirrel pups,) to working on rocky, salty seabird islands in Maine. They haven't failed me yet.

The best part is, when out for a night on the town, they look just fine with a pair of jeans. Here's to having only one pair of shoes! The Renegade GTX® is the best!

- Jess S.

Horseshoe Mesa

I wish to thank you for an excellent pair of boots. Your Renegades are excellent. We hiked 6 days in the Grand Canyon and they saved my glass ankles on several occasions. Thanks for making my hike a wonderful experience.

This picture is a morning shot from my tent on Horseshoe Mesa. What a view!

Mark C.

Best Trekking Trips

My best trekking trips with my best trekking boots.

I have been to Nepal for 3 weeks and then moved to Ukraine and continued my trekking in the Carpathian mountains. It was awesome unforgivable.

I have worn my Lowa boots almost 9 years on more than 30 trips. My boots are my best companions.

- Nata

Scarlet Macaws and Howler Monkeys

I have been wearing Lowa Renegades for over 15 years. They were my go-to field boots for conducting ornithological field research in southeastern Arizona desert grasslands.

Now that I am retired, I use them when my husband and I go on international birding trips. The first picture is one of me in my Renegades in the Nanciyaga Reserve, Veracruz, Mexico, after just seeing Scarlet Macaws, Great Curassows, and Mexican howler monkeys.

This photo is of me in my Renegades at the restored ruins of Monte Albán - South Platform, Oaxaca, Mexico. Both were taken during a trip in March 2017.

- Janet R.

Mud Mucking in My Renegades

From yesterday’s adventure – PINECREST CANYON – in UTAH!

Myself and Ellie, the Wonder Dog – who, clearly, does not love selfies.

We chased the mud. Without my waterproof Renegade GTXs – making it back to the trail would have been total misery.

We trudged a half-mile through run-off waters to get back to high-ground.

Thanks, LOWA!

- John B.

Camino de Santiago

These boots became my closest friend while hiking the Camino to Santiago, first 200 kilometers along the Pyrenees Foothills route and then over 800 kilometers on the Camino Frances.

They were, and continue to be, the best hiking boots I have ever had. Walking 25-30 kilometers a day is tough on the feet. Although I am 60, I really feel my Lowa's allowed me to cruise with much younger walkers.

Blister's cause many pilgrims to rest and heal for 2-3 days along The Way. Not me. I walked pain free for nearly 50 days.

I look forward to many more months of use with these terrific boots. I am just writing to acknowledge your company for an exceptional product.

- Casey O.

Irkutsk, Russia… Siberia!

From 2003 to 2016, my wife and I lived in a small city in the Al Buraimi desert in the United Arab Emirates. For 13 years we enjoyed an uninterrupted summer of swimming, short sleeves and sandals. It was fun while it lasted, but we felt we needed a bit of a change, so we applied for a job that could send us anywhere in the world.

We couldn’t believe it when we were offered a posting in Irkutsk, Russia… Siberia! 

Of course, we took it. The biggest challenge for us was to purchase a completely new warm, functional wardrobe to help us live in an environment that couldn’t be any more different from the one we were moving from.

Our contacts in Russia told us we really needed to be mindful of the footwear we planned on bringing. Not only did our shoes and boots have to keep our feet warm when temperatures dropped to -30 or more, but they also had to have a good tread as the sidewalks and streets are covered in snow and ice from October to April.

Luckily, my wife did a lot of research and, a…

Badass Boots!

In 2014 I bought my first pair of women's Lowa Renegade Mid GTX® black boots, and I've gotten myself a new pair every year since!

On pair number 3 right now.

They've been with me on almost all my USA adventures from Colorado to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.

They've traveled with me all the way to the Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia, and on my solo 3 week trek of Nepal's Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas.

As long as you guys keep making this perfect boot, I will keep using it! It's such good quality that I have never felt the need to try another brand.

All 3 of my pairs have been totally waterproof, extremely comfy even after days or weeks of wearing them every day on hikes, and very good quality.

And I can't leave out the fact that they're also just very badass looking.

- Rachel M.

Linus had his blanket...

I suppose it had to happen.

I mean, Linus had his blanket. I have my Lowa boots. I have trekked around in these boots for almost 30 years. 30 years!

Together we have been on hikes in all seasons, snowshoeing, sledding, and just doing every day things.

These have been the most comfortable boot I own. This weekend I was bragging to my family how well these boots have held up through the years (my kids couldn't remember me having any different boots -- they are 21 and 23 years of age).

The next day I was doing some shopping and noticed something wasn't right. I looked down to see the soles beginning to separate on my boots. I'm just so sad. I wish I could wear them for another 30 years, I love them that much.

Thank you, Lowa, for your excellent workmanship.

- Wendy T.

The Clueless Wanderer

I’m headed to one of my dream trips in June of 2017 and I’ve been slowly piecing together gear. I’ve been checking out items through internet research, friends and the FB community Adventure Some Women. I finally found myself in Utah, with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon in December, and decided I would go to REI and finally try on some boots.

I am a total noob when in the field of hiking boot erudition, so I went in with the most shallow forethought: COLOR! I figure I would narrow it down from there. Don’t judge me, I can be very vain.

I have wide feet, as exclaimed by the sales lady. Yes, she literally exclaimed it. After donning on the thickest hiking socks I could find, I liked how there was no “pinkie toe rub” as I walked around, jumped up and down, and even shuffled along the carpet. I was doing everything I could to see if I could initiate that “pinkie toe rub” thing and nothing. The boots are very lightweight, waterproof and comfortable right out of the box. Ankle support …