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    27 Reviews


    All-day comfort for short hauls and weekend trips.

    Lowa has upgraded its popular Women’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot with a new Monowrap frame construction that not only reduces the boot’s weight but also improves its stability for even greater comfort on your weekend hikes. Combined with a women’s-specific last and a stiffer shank for extra support, the Renegade GTX is ready for miles of hiking on anything from gravel roads to boulder-strewn backcountry trails.
    • Monowrap construction utilizes polyurethane injected around the sides of the shoe to wrap the foot in a lightweight, comfortable and supportive frame
    • Gore-Tex liners seal out moisture while allowing water vapor to escape so you can ford streams and slog through mud with dry feet
    • Climate Control System allows air to enter the lining while the walking movement pumps heat and moisture out
    • Vibram Vialta outsole offers confidence-inspiring traction on mixed terrain
    • Item #LOW0119

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    full-grain nubuck, Cordura, [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex XCR, [lining] nylon
    Gore-Tex XCR
    Vibram Evo
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 709 g
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    I love the boot, just not for me

      I love the construction of this boot. It is light, cute, and comfy! I ordered a 7 and a 7.5. I found that I am literally right inbetween the two sizes! I even tried multiple socks with them. The 7 was a little tight on the top of my foot, the 7.5 was perfect but my heel slipped. I wish they would have worked out for me, but I had to go with a different boot.

      Must Have Boot

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!! I needed a good pair of boots to use on longer more strenuous hikes. These are definitely the boots for that! They are soo supportive and perfect for those long hikes. I love that they have everything; Gore-Tex, Vibram soles, and leather! They look awesome and perform well! I have used them on many hikes, varying in distance, level and heat. They have preformed well on all of them! They keep me dry. My feet don't feel too hot in them when it is hot, and they also do a good job of keeping my feet comfortable in the cold. They have great support and help keep your feet from getting to tired. I love the look of them and couldn't be more happy with my purchase!!

      The fit on them was also great! They fit me true to size. There was plenty of room to spare, so my toes don't hit the front when hiking and have room to swell when it is hot. The toe box is roomy and feels comfortable. I had enough room for a hiking sock as well. If you are on the cusp I would recommend sizing up! You really don't want your toe to hit the front, that makes for an unpleasant hike!

      Really nice boots, but not for me

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I had my eye on these boots for some time, but sellers never have my size (7.5M) available. So when Backcountry had a pair, I had to snatch them up. I'm looking to replace my current Merrells that are showing signs of wear (treads balding) after 700+ miles. I use these mostly for long (10-20 miles) day hikes in the mountains in mild weather (New England in summer, Southern California in winter).
      Unfortunately, I had to return these. They are great-looking boots, and the fit is spot-on, true to size with a roomy toe box & supportive footbed. But the claimed light weight spec of 709g per pair (12.5 oz per shoe) is just way off (I knocked one star off for this error). These are actually a lot heavier than the 13.5 oz each of my current boots, with a measured weight of over a pound each (18.25 oz per shoe, or 1035g per pair for size 7.5M). That excess weight , coupled with the very stiff ankle collars, would just slow me down and cause more fatigue for my intended use. I already have taller insulated hiking/snowshoeing boots for cold weather, and stiff-support boots for heavier backpacking, both pairs with a lot of miles left in them, so unfortunately I don't have a use for the Lowas. I also recently replaced my low hiking shoes (at 1000+ miles) with lighter-weight trail runners, and immediately noticed significant improvement in my pace, so I know weight really does make a big difference.

      Hey Louise,
      Thank you so much for your feedback. I am sorry these boots didn't work out for you. If you have any further questions about any other hiking boots or need a suggestion I would be more than happy to help you.

      Thanks again,

      GF Loves!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased these for my girlfriend. She says they are the comfiest hiking boots she has ever had! Lots of support while still being burly but flexible. They are true to size. She is looking forward to doing some longer hikes and backpacking in them, and see what they are like in hot temperatures.

      True Love

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Lowa has the most comfortable stiff boot out there. The foot bed frame and support allows you to trek with a heavy pack for many miles without fatigue. Lowa uses the Monowrap Construction which cradles your foot and remains rigid. The addition of Gore-Tex allows the wearer to tromp through anything without pause. Waterproof and windproof allows the wearer to use these boots in all seasons, so winter camping is a breeze, with the right socks of course. Teaming up with vibram gives these boots the added traction that other boots may not have.
      I usually wear a 6.5 in shoes. In backpacking boots i always recommend to purchase a half size above normal street shoes to allow for swelling and thicker socks.

      So Comfy!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 7

      I've been hesitant to purchase new hiking boots because I've always hated how heavy and clompy my boots have been in the past. But after talking with a couple of Backcountry employees, I decided to give the Renegades a chance--and I love them!

      Feel: They're super lightweight and don't feel clompy at all. They're ready to wear right out of the box (I hiked 20 miles the first time I wore them and didn't have any problems). The fit is snug, comfortable , and true to size. A high ankle offers plenty of support for long days carrying heavy loads.

      Performance: I wore these shoes on the Mist Trail during peak runoff and while my friend's feet got wet, mine stayed dry and comfortable thanks to the Gore-Tex liner. The Vibram sole also made a huge difference on the slick trail.

      Living Like We're Renegades...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5

      Bought these boots in the Stone color 9.5. The boots come in narrow sizes, which is perfect for me since I have a very narrow heel and supple arch. My heels always slip in boots, but the Renegade's secure fit locks down my heels well, and without having to lace them uncomfortably tight! The lacing provides a snug but comfortable fit. I wanted a boot that would be supportive and able to handle anything I could throw at it: I have used these boots for hiking, scrambling, fishing (loving the gortex), and horseback riding.

      The full grain leather is very durable. I use them frequently to scramble up boulders and rocky trails and they don't show a scratch! I have put at least 50 miles on the boots so far, and aside from a healthy coating of dirt, they look new. The gortex works great; I've waded in water several times and not had a single drop come through.

      The Vibram sole is super sticky on rock, which is great for securing footing when scrambling or hiking on slick rock. Even descending wet rock is easy in these boots! I am so confident in their traction that they were my boot of choice for tackling the famously exposed trail of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. And they were perfect; I watched those in lesser shoes lose their footing frequently throughout the day. I have yet to find a surface these boots will slip on!

      The boots are very comfortable, and just seem to get better with every mile!

      Perfect fit

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 150lbs

      I've used these boots on my backpacking trips during my summer in YNP. Whether it's traversing over mountain ranges or crossing through rivers & creeks , these boots really get the job done. I sized up half a size and the fit was perfect, had no need to break them i either.

      Great all-around hiking boot!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5
      • Height: 5'4"

      I love these hiking boots! I have hiked in the Appalachian mountains of VA and Black Mountains of NC in these boots without any issues and no break-in period needed. As for the Gore-tex lining and waterproof abilities, I took these boots with me to Mt. Rainier park in WA to go snowshoeing this past May. They held up great! I wore REI liner socks with Darn Tough wool hiking socks and my feet stayed dry and mostly warm.
      Personally, I am pretty impressed with these boots and will certainly buy from Lowa again!
      For size reference, I wear a size 9 street shoe, I do not have wide feet but am "flat footed"/over pronator, and a 9.5 was a perfect fit for layering socks! My only complaint would be the lack of arch support and cushioning of the soles, but by no means are these boots uncomfortable, just a personal preference!

      Love them!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5
      • Height: 5'3"

      I have NEVER been able to find boots that fit me properly. I wore them today for the first time and they are a fit! They are light, great walking up/down on steep rocks. Just love them. I ordered 1/2 size larger than my regular shoe size.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 7.5
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Weight: 120lbs

      LOVE these boots!


      I was initially attracted to the color (not shown for purchase, but mine are purple with hot pink laces). When I started getting into the grit of it, they seemed like a really great buy! Most of the boots for women on the shelves looked hideous.


      The fit is snug, like a glove. Its definitely very true to size. These boots have a super soft leather on the inside and out, so I put them on and backpacked a 25mi trip without even having to break them in. No blisters, no loosening up, nothing. It was like I had been wearing them for years (in a good way!)

      The high angle is great for support too especially when carrying extra weight on your back, and for if you ever mis-step and twist your ankle, they really have a lot of good support to prevent sprains.

      WEAR & TEAR

      So these are AMAZING because they are very durable- Vibram soul and GoreTex coating... so when I'm backpacking I can step right in a creek and not care about anything. Up to the brim and not a drop even stays on the boot! Its great! The boots before these I had accidentally slipped and dipped my foot right in the water... for the next two days I had to wear heavy wet socks and it caused all kinds of problems on my skin. Never have to worry about that again though!

      They are also SUPER light, which makes such a world of difference. Its like walking on clouds :)


      Initially, since these have a nice leathery rim on the top inside, they are kinda squeaky :-/ Im hoping once they get more miles on them it gets softer, but about 70 on them now and still a bit noisy.


      Amazing boots!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 7.5
      • Height: 5'3"
      • Weight: 130lbs

      The fit is great and the boots are extremely light and easy to use. There is virtually no break in period and I haven't had any blisters since I purchased them! I am excited to use them on a week long backpacking trip this summer, and I am sure that they can hold up! The waterproofing is excellent, these boots are really a great purchase for the regular hiker!

      So far so good

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      I first tried these boots on while traveling abroad and immediately fell in love. They were my first purchase when I returned home to the states! These boots were recommended to me based on my feet type (narrow-medium width, normal arches). A few thoughts:

      Sizing - I ordered my normal size (Women's 8) and they fit perfectly, with plenty of room in the toe box with medium-thickness wool socks. They are a bit more snug with thick backpacking socks but not enough to size up. If you're unsure of your size, I'd recommend ordering your street shoe size and a half size up, try them on at home, and return the pair that doesn't work. I'd also be cautious about buying these shoes if you have wide feet, as they do seem to run a bit narrow, but Lowa does make the renegades in a wide width.

      Break-in period - As other adventurers have reported, these shoes were comfortable right out of the box! I have a lot of trouble finding hiking boots that fit well, as my heels tend to slip/slide against the back of the boot as I walk, giving me horrible blisters. Not in the Renegades! After a moderate 11-mile hike in Big Basin this past weekend, I'm happy to report that I had zero hot spots or blisters!

      Durability - I've only used them a few times, so I'll have to report on the longevity of these boots, but so far so good!

      Comfort - While these boots are incredibly comfortable right out of the box, I would suggest replacing the insoles if you're going to be using them for anything other than moderate day hikes (<7 miles). Toward the end of my 11-mile journey, my feet were beginning to feel a bit strained. I'll definitely be slipping my Green Superfeet into these boots next time I head into the backcountry for added comfort/support, especially if I decide to use them while backpacking.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      These are light for ankle supported hiking boots. I also have a decent tendency to get blisters very easily, especially in hiking boots, however I have had no issues with these. They were comfortable from the very first wear, and are very good quality.

      Just What It is.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      I saw some reviewers bickering (Lori/LSM/Jane) and I feel they have brand loyalty to the point that they felt the need to bash on another reviewer who did not have a stellar experience with these shoes. These are people's opinions and if they didn't have a good experience, it is what it is. As for me, I had a horrible time in these shoes! However, please note part of the reason isn't entirely the shoe's fault. It also had to do with my sizing choice and the other part was due to lack of support. So please, try to be rational and leave your biases out.

      It all depends on feet type and whether or not you bought a size up to compensate for toe room and stuff, ladies. For example, I did a 15 mile hike in these and a 9.5 mile hike before that in order to break them in (each time incline was average 600 feet per mile with an occasional 1000 feet per mile in some segments of the hike). I got blisters and my heels felt like the bone was about to fracture in my feet. I was hurting in these shoes. One problem was my fault, I bought these in 7.5 which are my usual size in Vans shoes, etc. I tried these in store and felt the 7.5 was adequate and had enough space including compensating space for swelling due to altitude so I bought these in 7.5. It felt like my toes had enough space with medium cushion socks but when I hiked, those two times, I got blisters and my toes were hitting the top of the shoe and my heels felt like they didn't get enough support. The lack of space for toes and blisters were caused due to my shoes being not big enough. I should have gotten an 8 or an 8.5, but the lack of support is the other problem. Lack of support is out of my hands - the shoe just didn't give me enough support. AGAIN, this is due to the type of feet I have and how heavy footed I am when I hike (I walk heel to toes). I also could literally feel everything under my feet by the end of 10 miles during that 15 mile hike.

      To give you more specifics I have narrow/regular (medium) width feet, about 10.75 inches from heel to toe length with a really big index toe. That was where I got my blisters (on each foot, on the big toes, between the crevasses). The other spots that hurt are my heels right on the bottom tip of the Calcaneus bone. I'm giving this a 4/5 because it is a good shoe. It held up really well and was really waterproof. I walked through 6 streams and even slipped on a rock with my shoe in the water up to below my ankle and no water came in.

      Definitely recommended if you do longer hikes and if you go up a half or full shoe size with medium cushion socks. I ended up with an 8.5 and it fits great with medium cushion Smartwool hiking/trekking socks. I also use a Berry insole from Superfeet and the hiking experience in these improved immensely. Great shoes once the right size was found and insoles included.

      Excellent Boot

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      About 15-20 miles into these awesome boots and in love with them! True to size, sturdy, great support and they're cute! Have tested these boots on some very steep terrain and they've saved my ankles from what would have been some very painful damage. Still happy with my choice with or without 30 lb pack!

      boot love

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      after much research and review-stalking, I got these boots for a 3-week trip to Norway, which included camping/roadtripping for 2 weeks and they actually made me-- a city girl who has to be enticed to participate in nature-- WANT to hike! I'm 41 and have had weak ankles in the past, not to mention a very un-athletic history of movement. I've never broken any bones, but have torn ligaments in my ankles in high school, so I've always been wary about ankle support. and in recent years, I've had knee issues due to turned out knee caps, which result in episodes of pain similar to a twisted knee.

      with these boots, I felt like a mountain goat, hiking everything from the steep climb of Morkgonga in Honefoss... to the rocky terrain at Molen (pretty much a field of glacial rock deposits, dabbled with piles of rock cairns from the Viking days) on the south coast... to the mostly uphill 2-hour one-way hike to Pulpit Rock on the western coast near the fjords. in fact, my hiking partner said I looked like "a rabbit jumping from rock to rock."

      as others have attested to, I didn't need a "break-in" period. they were comfortable and light from the first use, and I only used one pair of hiking socks.

      without a doubt, these boots are one of the best pieces of gear I've ever purchased.

      boot love
      Unanswered Question

      I'm a geologist looking for a pair of boots that will last for more than half a season. All of the hiking boots I've owned prior to this have fallen apart, and I cant afford to keep buying new ones every year. Unfortunately, I'm not easy on hiking boots, as my research requires me to hike over very sharp rock daily. Any suggestions? Will the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boot hold up to long, multi-day field sessions? Please help!

      I have problem feet (bunions) and need an...

      I have problem feet (bunions) and need an extra wide boot/shoe. Can anyone comment on the width and toebox?

      I'm still in search of boots for a Philmont...

      I'm still in search of boots for a Philmont trek with my son this summer. I tried another pair of boots with a less flexible sole and quite bit heavier but after backpacking in them they were just too klunky and did not fit well. These boots are so comfortable but I worry that the soles are not as rigid as other boots. So my question is: are these boots "Philmont-worthy"?

      PS. I weigh 115 lbs, so pack can be at max 35 pounds (i.e., max load will be about 150lbs)

      ccop149363: yes these are true to size but I did go up 1/2 size because of the extra thickness from a liner + wool hiking sock.

      Now to answer my own question in regards to wearing these boots for Philmont. I did indeed wear them at Philmont and I did like them. However, I did ultimately find them a little heavy for me personally given my size and my max pack weight of 30lbs. When I do Philmont again, I will go for more of a "trail" shoe with ankle support than a backpacking shoe. If you plan to have a heavy pack then highly recommend these boots.