Make & Model - LOWA Renegade GTX Mid
Materials - Nubuck leather and Cordura nylon upper, Gore-Tex liner, ATC footbed, MonoWrap support frame, hard stabilizer, double-injection DuraPU midsole, Vibram Evo rubber outsole
Colors - Black/Black, Gray/Green, Sepia/Sepia, Slate/Olive, Stone/Brown, too many others to list
Sizes - 7.5 to 15 including half-sizes; B, D, or E. Women's sizes also available.
MSRP - $230
URL - http://www.lowaboots.com
This boot destroys the notion that supportive footwear has to be as heavy and restrictive as a pair of cement shoes. The combination of a contoured Vibram Evo outsole with LOWA's MonoWrap polymer support frame makes the Renegade feel light and natural under foot. The wearer's stride is smoothed even more by the angled nylon collar, which allows a wider range of heel-to-toe articulation but restricts side-to-side rolling. Four pairs of closed-loop eyelets, a pair of locking ankle hooks, and two pairs of collar hooks retain the laces and provide exact control over fit. The Renegade feels comfortable and agile enough to wear on a daily basis around town, and that's pretty incredible for a waterproof mid-cut hiking boot. However, this emphasis on lightness and flexibility comes with a potential drawback: durability. We didn't see any signs of undue wear after our evaluation process, but the bonded external frame and numerous stitched seams may not last as long as a more Spartan old-school boot design. That said, we'll happily buy a replacement pair when these eventually bite the dust — they're that good.
– Exceptionally comfortable
– Supportive, yet lightweight and nimble
– Huge selection of 19 colorways, ranging from subdued to vibrant
– While the ball of the foot feels wide and comfortable, the tapered toe box feels slightly narrow.
– Long-term durability and toughness may be compromised by the lightweight materials.