Heavy on the tech; light on the feet.
- Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane keeps you dry through wet and muddy conditions and allows foot sweat and moisture to escape
- Nubuck leather upper stands up to tough days and even tougher months on trail
- FreeFlex design improves flex in the forefoot for greater comfort over longer hikes without sacrificing stability
- Comfortable PU midsole features SPS cushioning and Fluke technology to take the bite out of gnarly trails
- A 5mm nylon heel stabilizer and 3mm forefoot shank provide enhanced stability without ruining flexibility
- Balance footbed cradles your foot for an extra degree of comfort and cushioning
- Vibram App Trail outsole delivers excellent traction over a variety of surfaces and stands up to the rigors of long-distance thru-hiking
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- Q & A
Great boots for backpacking
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
These books are great for carrying a heavy load. They are very comfortable and will give you a lot of support. I have taken these boots on trips where I have carried more than I usually will and my feet were not the first things to start hurting. In fact at the end of the hike my feet were fine. The lacing system is great. It keeps the boot as tight as you want it and it won't loosen throughout the day.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
For me, the best feature of these boots are the ball bearings in the hooks of the lower lace loops. The ball bearings allow the lower part of the lace system to be snugged up as needed to fit your individual foot. For people with low volume feet, this is critical. With the forefoot lace control, I'm able to more effectively keep my toes from ramming into the front of the boot on long/steep descents. No big hikes yet, so I'll update as I obtain additional experience with these boots.
I usually wear a size 11.5, but the size 12 fits perfectly for me.
Lowa Camino GTX Freeflex Backpacking
Camino GTX: Happy Camper
Fist off I should say that I am a GORE MOUNTAIN TECH member. Second I will say that I am a fan of the Camino GTX. For one they break in easily, I went on an 8 mile hike the first day I tried the Camino GTX and no blisters resulted. On the fifth use, I did a 9.5 hour ascent of the Matterhorn in the Sierra. 5000 feet of elevation gain, 15 miles, scree, and boulder hopping, still no blisters and generally happy feet.
The boots are well crafted and of high quality material.The lacing system really allows you to crank the boots down and get a snug fit. They offer a lot of support through the ankle, and hold the foot nicely. I'd say I have an average to slightly wide foot, and had no problem with normal sizing., The tread seems as good as any boot I've tried, and worked well for boot-skiing down sandy slides, 2nd class technical climbing, and gripping scree and boulders alike. These are more of a trekking/backpacking boot, less of a day hike boot, but if you have bad ankles or like a beefy boot even for a day hike, I'd recommend these. A s a person with no lack of perspiration when it comes to feet, The GORE-Tex addition in this boot did exactly what it was supposed to: help to keep my feet much cooler and much dryer than if it were made of strait up leather.
The one issue I had was related to bone-spurs and the lacing system. I found that I feel a strong pressure/soreness around my ankle (where the metal of the lacing system is) after about 8-10 miles of hiking. If you get creative with the lacing this can be avoided, and may just be my personal issue. Overall, I think backpackers, trekkers, and people who like a lot of ankle support will be very pleased with this boot. A sturdy go-to for the hearty hiker-
Harvard/Colombia Day hike
These are real good boots. I've had them for several months now and put quite a few miles into them, though just recently gave them their first baptism by fire at altitude. After getting turned around in fog a couple times and hiding from some lightning, I turned the fifteen mile 14er hike Colombia/Harvard into a 15 hour/20 mile slog fest through skree, mud, talus, streams, boulders and grass. They withstood a solid pounding and kept my feet dry throughout the whole hike. The vibram soles grip extremely well, even on loose/wet talus, Towards the end of the hike, the narrow toe cage had screwed my feet up; I attribute this to having yet to fully break in the boot (I'd put at least 30 miles into them but not on that type of terrain). Excited to get it back on and hit some more dirt.
These are excellent boots. Lowa makes nice boots, and these are no exception. Unfortunately, they are too narrow in the forefoot area for me. The construction is top notch and the modern lace design really works. There is no pinching from the laces while walking downhill. The boot holds your foot very well. My feet are a little wider than average and the boot is a little narrower than some of lowas other boots (in my experience). These would be great trekking boots for someone with a average or narrow forefoot.
How does the fit compare to the Renegades? I found the Renegades too wide and high volume, especially through the heel.
Even though the Caminos weigh more, I still prefer the fit over my Renegades. The lacing system provides excellent fit customization and doesn't loosen up during the day -- a problem with the Renegade. The heel feels more snug. I love these boots.
Will size 11.5 be available soon?
Will size 11.5 be available soon?
Unfortunately is doesn't look like we have the 11.5 on order.
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Do these shoes run true to size, or do...
Do these shoes run true to size, or do they run large? Thanks.
Hey Thomas P,
Thanks for the question. It will depend upon your foot size as the widths/lengths of both your feet are most likely a bit different. However, the Lowa Camino GTX Freeflex Backpacking Boot will fit around normal to slightly smaller length and width wise. If you are a bit wider than normal (above a brannock D-width) or wear really thick socks, go 1/2 size up.
Anyone know the difference between the...
Anyone know the difference between the Camino's and that Catalan's?
Hope this points you in the right direction: Camino and Catalans
that doesn't help, I've already been there and the descriptions are exactly the same.