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For your battle with the desert.

Lowa designed its Zephyr Desert Mid Boot to support your foot over dry, rugged, and unpredictable terrain. A PU Monowrap frame provides stability and and Cross rubber outsole lends traction so you can feel the trail and obtain better control over the roughest terrain in the west.

  • Split leather and Cordura upper resists water, while the mesh gusset and linings encourage lots of ventilation for 100F-plus days on the trail
  • Cross outsole features gummy rubber that's softer than typical combat boots to grip wet or dusty rocks during scrambles and hikes
  • PU midsole absorbs shock while the 3/4-length shank reduces ankle rolls when wearing a pack
  • A Climate Control footbed features 1/4-inch foam for cushioning and a breathable lining to reduce foot sweat and blisters
  • Mid-height stabilizes ankles but allows breathability during hot temperatures

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Where are they manufactured?

Based off their website it says 95% of the products going into the boot are from Europe and assembled in Europe. Is this true or not I will let you know because I'm ordering a pair of gtx zephyrs friday


Ideal for on-trail hiking in the desert

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 5'6"
    Weight: 135 lbs

I bought a pair of these to use for fieldwork in the Mojave desert a few years ago. As long as the conditions were dry, these were absolutely excellent for the first few months. They are extremely lightweight, and breathe/wick better than any backpacking boot I've worn. The flip side of the wicking benefit, however, is that it goes both ways: when they encounter moisture, it doesn't take long at all until they're wet on the inside.
The reason these lasted less than a whole field season is because I was using them pretty much exclusively off-trail - a use for which they were not designed. After only a few months wear, the stitching around the leather toe-cap had deteriorated to such a degree that debris would quickly find its way in, which was a serious problem at the time. I am confident this issue arose because of the abrasive conditions to which I exposed the boots, and they are very well suited to the purpose for which they were designed: hiking-on trail in the desert.


Afghanistan Combat Fav

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I used one pair for my entire 1 year tour in Afghanistan. These are the most comfortable boots ever! I have recommended these to everyone that asks and they have been pleased as well. They handled every condition from sand to rocks to mountain climbing.

Afghanistan Combat Fav

Great boots. Great service.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

I haven't had a chance to take them out and put them through the ringer, so I guess this is more of a review for Backcountry. I can say that these boots feel great on my feet and I'm glad I took others advice to go a half of a size larger than what I usually wear because they do fit small. I will definitely be buying another pair later down the road. As for Backcountry, they were the only website where I could find my size(10) and they were around $30 cheaper than the other sites, as well. And the shipping, WOW. I ordered them on Saturday afternoon and received them on Tuesday...during the holiday season! Great job Backcountry!

River Crossing in San Mateo Mountains

River Crossing in San Mateo Mountains

This was the worst crossing of our 23mi, out-n-back. But, after 5,000+ft gain over two days with damp feet, I had no blisters and no complaints. These boots are the real deal if you want the protection of a boot with the breathability of a trail runner.

BTW, the "bridge" was broken before I got there.

Yoga at 13,000ft

Yoga at 13,000ft

Dancing Yogi pose on top of Wheeler Peak, NM's highest point. --Check out them lugs!


Crack a Window for Your Desert Stompers

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

PROS: Much more breathable than it's GTX cousins. Hungry lugs provide great grip on rock. Eyelets are solid and laces are not too long, so no getting caught up on cactus. Lightweight for agile boulder hopping.

CONS: Could be more durable and could have a smaller opening because they're still pretty open on top after tying them down, thus making gaiters a possibility. I do think they run small because I normally wear a 12, and the 13 is barely big enough after feet swell on longer hikes.

Crack a Window for Your Desert Stompers

Super comfortable

    Tried these on and was stuck between these and the Renegade GTX. These were probably the most comfortable boot I've ever put on. They mold extremely well to your feet and the cushioning is fantastic. It almost feels like a high ankle running shoe. I ended up going with the Renegades though because I felt that they were a bit more supportive and I have weak ankles from previous injuries. Overall though a superb boot and one I'd definately wear if you're doing a lot of hiking on smooth hiking paths, for a lot of rocks and uneven ground, I'd go with something that has more rigid lateral support.



    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    These boots are simply amazing. I wear them from time to time when there is inclement weather (NYC-heavy rain/snow) but I wear them mainly for paintball.

    I'm a former active duty Marine and I've had my fair shares of boots from boot camp and boots bought outside of boot camp; Bates, Belville, etc etc.

    They tend to keep cool enough during a day of intense running around, the cushioning is superb, much less fatigue than my old combat boots, even though I did not buy the Goretex version, these do not soak in water during a rainy day; they stayed dry even when I went to rinse off the dirt and grim with my hose.

    Like every other review, the Zeyphers are true to fit. If you have a size 10 foot, get a 10. If you wear thick socks.. maybe get a 10 1/2.

    I've worn thick and regular socks, it did not really matter as it still fit.

    The way they make this boot with the whole side mold injection process or whatever LOWA does to this boot ensures that your ankle will most likely not twist and turn if you take a bad step. I've tried to push my ankle left, right, all over and the way the boot was designed deterred any of the ankle snapping injuries that might occur in other, not as well designed boots.

    Well, apparently it was too long.

    Long story short..

    Great boots, my gripes are with the laces. too short.

    also, walked in snow up a incline. It was a bit slippery. Not from the snow, but water created by the melting of the snow. I don't know if this translate to slippery rocks being an issue as I walked on black top concrete. For everything else, it is amazing. Running, walking, trekking, climbing small things. excellent. thanks.


    Great Training Boot

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    this boot is sized a half size big in comparison to popular sizing. I bought orthodontic foot beds at the corresponding size and they were just (1/8") shorter than the length of the Lowa footbeds. On highly aggressive hiking conditions threre is a little too much space in the toe. But as far as construction, design and comfort out the box; Good good good.



      The best all around boots I've ever owned. Comfort 5 stars. Durability 5 stars. Flexability 5 stars. I've had them for 2 years through aggressive ascents in Afghanistan, with weight in excess of 100lbs over my 225 lb frame, and frequent training rucks with 45lbs + for 4-12 miles. The tread will wear on asphalt but that softness is what makes them stick to frozen rock all over the Dawaghal.


      Lowa Zephyr

        I've had these boots for a couple of years now. They are fantastic and have been put through their paces in Afghanistan and Iraq. I've also used them on some mild ascents and they have proved to be very comfortable and supportive. German engineering at its best. I would not hesitate to recommend these boots.


        Good if you can get the right size...

          I try on this boot at the REI store in Charlotte, NC. I wear a size 13 and this boot is a true-fit boot. Meaning it's a 13, but you have no room in it to move your toes. They don't make it in a 13.5 or I would have bought this boot. I tried the 14 but it was too big for me. Hope this helps. Oh, the shoe is VERY comfortable and the feel is great. They just don't make my size :-(