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Lowa Trekker Backpacking Boot - Men's


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    Walk on.

    Ridges riddled with rocks, trails covered with downed trees, and washed out steeps are easy obstacles for the Lowa Men's Trekker Backpacking Boot. The nubuck leather upper has a close-to-the-foot feel to reduce that loose, sloppy feel when navigating steep sections of trail where solid footing is limited. Lowa's C4 tongue is made with fifteen different pieces to give it a more natural, forward-flexing feel with each step, while the addition of nylon shanks in the heel and forefoot add to the boot's overall stability. For the sole, Lowa went with a Vibram Tactis DST rubber with a tread pattern that will bite on everything from packed-out trails below treeline to loose scree in the high mountains.
    • Nubuck leather upper
    • Glove leather lining
    • C4 tongue
    • Balance Comfort footbed
    • PU midsole with SPS cushion
    • 5mm nylon heel and 3mm forefoot stabilizier
    • Vibram Tactis DST outsole
    • Item #LOW001E

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    nubuck leather
    Balance Comfort
    polyurethane, SPS cushion
    Vibram Tactis DST
    Claimed Weight
    3 lb 12 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Not what they used to be - don’t last

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    I bought my first pair of Lowa Trekkers from a small shop in Dresden, Germany in late 2007, but it wasn’t quite love at first wear. It took me months of regular use to get them broken in, but once they were, they were absolutely fantastic, hands down the best pair of footwear I’ve ever owned. That first pair, I didn’t know quite how to care for though, and the worn out linings and that sort of thing were my fault. After a few years, a few continents, and many, many miles, I had them resoled, which got me another few years of use. In 2015, I decided it was finally time to replace them, so I bought a new pair. Right away, I noticed they were different though - no blisters, no break-in time. After only about a year, the soles started to delaminate, so I glued them back together. Ever since then, it’s been nothing but problems. Now, the sole on one has, more or less, completely failed and the other isn’t far behind. When I contacted Lowa, they tried to say it’s because of my pronation, but I’ve never had a pair of footwear fail so spectacularly as these. I bought these so they would be a 5-10 year set of boots, with plans to get them re-soled at least once along the way, but I hadn’t planned to need it this soon. I should also add that the first pair received much heavier use those first couple of years that what these have. Unfortunately, whatever they’re doing differently now versus 10+ years ago has significantly cut their durability and I’m going to have to do a thing I was hoping to never have to do again: find a new boot. My plan had been to just keep buying Lowa Trekkers the rest of my life, or until they were no longer available. That didn’t quite work out. So, if you don’t mind replacing or re-soling your boots every 6-12 months, these are still reasonably comfortable. They just won’t go the distance the way they used to.

    Tough Boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    These are my go-to off-trail or long trip boot. I wore them on 30 mile trip in the Collegiate Peaks this summer that took us off the trail and up and over the Divide. I also wear them elk hunting in CO. The leather is tough and does not scuff or scratch easily. The soles are grippy and have good traction,

    I would consider these a good 'mid-duty' boot. They are stiffer than the majority of backpacking boots out there but not as stiff as a mountaineering boot.