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Hunting Gear Review: Lowa Ticam GTX Boots

To be honest, I thought maybe there was a little wiggle-room going on with the advertising—the claim that the Lowa Ticam GTX boots ($360) had a new technology that self-adjusted internally to keep your feet cool once the boots heated up, while hiking, but warm then when the cold set in.

For my first hike I set off in late August through the berry fields of northwest Montana, on-trail (warm feet!) and then up through alpine country, through sun-struck rock fields. And it was not just the power of suggestion: as my feet warmed, along with the rest of my body, I started to worry, Okay, this is the point where my feet, in these heavy, sturdy boots, begin to bake, on this too-hot day. And yet, they did not; the cooling mechanism kicked in. I don’t understand it, but it worked.

Lowa describes it thusly: “Balance Insole, with a breathable top layer, and slow reacting foam, delivers instant customization to the foot. This proprietary insole transports moisture away from the foot, eliminates pressure points, minimizes friction between foot and insole and reduces fatigue.” And that’s pretty much the way it went.

Later in the year, elk hunting in western Montana, in snow and zero-degree temps, the boots stayed warm whether I was hiking in, climbing upslope, sitting still, hiking down, packing out, or under load. (They were quiet and sturdy in the snow, as well, and crazy waterproof). I can’t think of a single thing to say about how they might have been anything other than wonderful in every way, and it’s a good thing that I like them so much, because it seems like they are going to last for a long while.

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from jay wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

I am a huge fan of Lowa's. They fit my feet extremely well. I have a pair of renegade low cut for hiking and antelope hunting. I have rangers for mountainous terrain. Both are outstanding.

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from Sten wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

I am a big fan of Lowa too. I have nearly worn out my first pair, these might be a good replacement.

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from Douglas wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

How long do they last under tough use?

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from LostLure wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

During one of my deployments to Afghanistan they issued us a bunch of different brands of boots. Unfortunately I didn't get the Lowa's, but the people who got them were very happy how comfortable and durable they were. We also tested Asolo, Merrell, Scarpa, and Danner. I got a pair of Scarpas and Danners. Danners were terrible, but I loved the Scarpas. Many people were happy with the Asolos and some of the Merrells

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

I once knew a young Montana writer who wore his boot soles flat. He could not afford new boots. To "retread" them, he walked on the hot embers of a fire until they started to melt, then jumped in the snow to freeze them rough. He claimed it worked. Can't say, but he walked me into the ground. I'm glad writers get better boots nowadays.

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from jay wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

I am a huge fan of Lowa's. They fit my feet extremely well. I have a pair of renegade low cut for hiking and antelope hunting. I have rangers for mountainous terrain. Both are outstanding.

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from Sten wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

I am a big fan of Lowa too. I have nearly worn out my first pair, these might be a good replacement.

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from Douglas wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

How long do they last under tough use?

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from LostLure wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

During one of my deployments to Afghanistan they issued us a bunch of different brands of boots. Unfortunately I didn't get the Lowa's, but the people who got them were very happy how comfortable and durable they were. We also tested Asolo, Merrell, Scarpa, and Danner. I got a pair of Scarpas and Danners. Danners were terrible, but I loved the Scarpas. Many people were happy with the Asolos and some of the Merrells

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 13 weeks 2 days ago

I once knew a young Montana writer who wore his boot soles flat. He could not afford new boots. To "retread" them, he walked on the hot embers of a fire until they started to melt, then jumped in the snow to freeze them rough. He claimed it worked. Can't say, but he walked me into the ground. I'm glad writers get better boots nowadays.

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