Lowa Renegade GTX- A day hiking Champ
As a GORE-TEX Mt. Tech I'm giving full disclosure that I'm affiliated with GORE and their product. And though I'm not a paid employee, I do get special access to testing their products. Also, I was lucky enough to be stationed near a LOWA Boot Demo center this summer and was able to test several pairs of kicks for free.
There's no doubt that these are a boot for day hiking. Though they do fine on hut trips and summer backpack trips. They're light weight enough to fly through miles, but sturdy enough to offer support and cushion for a long and strenuous day. They breath great, and don't tire the legs like some of the beefier boots out there. Heavy they are not-. I did a lot of hiking in the summer suns of California, and my feet faired well despite sweaty days and wet feet after dips in mountain lakes. My feet did not marinade themselves as they typically do with an all leather model. Overall, if you're looking for a new all-around boot for your daily constitutional, this one is great. The one item i would recommend is a small gaiter to keep the detritus out. Mine seem prone to filling with dust and sand. Also, they have a certain urban style that i'm not overly partial too, but you're going to be covering them with dust and mud and wear and tear, so who cares as long as they're comfy, which they are. Like most LOWA Boots i've tried they break in well, because they don't take any time to break in. I did 11 miles my first day in them with no issues with my feet.They've fit since day 1. Also, i would recommend these over the Zephyr, whose tread and sole did not seem as solid as the Renegade. The Zephyr might be lighter, but i'd take a good sole and take a small concession on weigh. A good everyday sort of hiker for various terrain- Spring, Fall and Summer, but too thin for winter-
The little water I took them through didn't seem to get into my boot, these were muddy areas, stream crossings and light rain, though, not torrential downpours on which i can't comment.