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doup22607 wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

4 5

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.

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doup22607 wrote a review of on September 12, 2012

5 5

BETA is BETTAH!
I'm A GORE-TEX Mt. Tech. Meaning that I get to test a lot of awesome jackets and clothing. And while I do not get paid, I am often able to keep the gear after the testing concludes. Regardless of all that, and in spite of it, this jacket will serve you day in and day out. It's very light weight and it's a good, athletic fit.Not overly baggy. It keeps sleet out all day, and keeps your own little self-climate a nice dry place.
I'm 6-foot, 175 lbs and the large is a good match for me. I have monkey-arms, but the sleeves make it to mid-hand which has been a problem with other jackets. (No cold wet wrists in the middle of a powder day!) The hood is also roomy enough for a ski helmet, but not excessive in size. I skied in the Tahoe area all season, front country and back, in sun and on dump-days and this jacket remained my go-to. Kept me amazingly dry for how light it is, and had room for layers when the temps dropped. I also took a end of March trip to Alaska for some Back country skiing and used the jacket everyday for full days of skinning and skiing. The jacket breaths very well. Wearing it on the ups, with only a base layer,was the right temperature, even when windy.No clammyness. Pit zips help control the temp too. Didn't end up sweating my face off on the skin track. This jacket performed extremely well and kept me comfy. Really can not say enough about it.
Note: This jacket probably is not cut to be a regular ski jacket, more like an ice-climbing or alpine jacket. Comes to mid hip on me. Also, no powder skirt, but works great with bibs-
Get one, you'll be glad you did!

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doup22607 wrote a review of on September 12, 2012

4 5

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-

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