I’ve been a fan of Lowa boots ever since I took a pair of their Tibet boots on a bowhunt for elk in the Colorado Rockies. Those boots had incredible ankle support and a tread design that let me scramble up scree slopes with the best of them.
Recently, I tested a pair of Lowa Renegades. Easy to put on and lace up, and fitting my feet perfectly, these low-cut boots are great for day hikes in practically any terrain, from flatlands to moderate hills and mountains. According to Lowa, the boots have a “Monowrap” construction, which means that the polyurethane frame is wrapped around your foot for protection, cushioning, and comfort. With a Nubuck upper, Gore-Tex lining, and Vibram outsole, these boots are also waterproof and breathable.
Complaints? I usually try to find something to grouse about when I do these reviews, but I’m having a tough time. I mean, they’re good-looking boots that work. The msrp is $185, which I suppose is a tad steep; but these things will last forever, so I can live with that. – Jay Cassell