The boot that does almost everything.
- Leather and Cordura upper resists weather and abrasion while you navigate tricky terrain and weather surprise storms
- PU midsole with SPS Cushioning reduces over-pronation and over-supination to optimize energy transfer and reduce the risk of injury
- Footbed utilizes slow-reacting foam to achieve a custom fit and reduce fatigue
- Patent-pending tongue stud and x-lacing pattern help to evenly distribute pressure
- C4 Tongue design contours with the foot for a natural feel and supreme comfort
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Lowa Khumbu II GTX Backpacking Boot
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I have owned a pair of the khumbu's made before the Khumbu 2 and really have nothing but praise for this boot. I tried the 2s out on a trip to give my buddy some insight as to whether he should stock them or not at his store and this was what I came up with after 2 weeks. They were easy to break in very comfortable with a ton of padding around the ankle and the incredible support. The lacing system cinches smoothly and does not undo during wear, the product is GorTex with a water resistant finish that is consistent to wear on the mountain. The vibram sole is of course grippy on most materials when finding proper footing even on wet terrain (watch out for moss and dense lichen though). The boot provides maximal protection to the foot and has the classical high rise of a mountaineering and or backpacking boot. This boot is in the trekking category which means that it is a crossover which could have some positives and negatives depending on what you are after. First of all this boot is incredibly light while still providing protection. This boot does not sacrifice stability by reducing weight, it feels like a light weight mountaineering boot. The foot bed is pretty neutral and has a nice articulation of the arch, but I threw a pair of the superfeet in it because I like the feeling of falling forward in a boot. This boot has a lot of qualities of a heavy duty mountaineering boot, with a fraction of the weight. I like that this boot feels insulated and wears warm in the alpine. The grip of the vibram performs well above the trees. This boot also does well with a large load. I was doing some mountaineering and had about a 40 pound load all together and felt this boot really accelerated. I used this in lieu of a mountaineering boot and it even fit a pair of strap on crampons quite nice, so I like that it is versatile and able to perform in many different conditions. On to some specifics, the toe box felt adequate. I have a narrow foot and felt there was plenty of room for toe flex and expansion. The heal held my foot in snug with a nice fitting. I wear a 10.5 in almost all shoes, and fit the 10.5 brilliantly in this boot. Some changes of the Khumbu 2 from the original that I really like, are the heal protection and toe protection. There is now a rubber shield on the heal and toe making this newer model a bit more durable and aiding with toe kick. I think this is a big bonus because it also enables for more diverse scrambling and climbing depending on what your catch is.