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The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid is one of the best-selling hiking and backpacking boots in the markets for men. It has got excellent cushioning, comfort and stability.
Whiles most hiking boots and backpacking boots such as Zamberlan Vioz GTX tends to be heavy and rigid right of the box. This boot is quite the opposite and it’s very comfortable to wear and requires little breaking straight out of the box.
The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid is made of wonderful features. These include, 1.6mm nubuck leather, Gore-Tex lining, Vibram® EVO, double injection DuraPU, locking ankle hook and mono wrap® support frame. Below I have explained in-depth of each of the features and how this boot is perfect for multi-day hike, day hike and backpacking trip.
Let’s start with the material used to make this excellent hiking boot. Firstly, it’s made of 1.6mm nubuck leather combined with innovative sole construction. The way I see how this nubuck leather with Lowa Renegade GTX is made is like Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX. This is going to give you comfort and warm when you put your feet inside of the boot.
If you are someone who does not know much about what nubuck leather is. Nubuck leather according to Wikipedia is “top-grain cattle leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface“.
Some people may ask, why did Lowa choose this leather for this boot. In my opinion, I think using the nubuck leather makes the boot durable and it gives the boot a nice and fine aesthetic. On top of that, this material gives Lowa the opportunity to make different colours out of it.
Waterproof And Breathable
The whole boot is covered with Gore-Tex lining. This makes the boot 100% waterproof and at the same time keep your feet breathable. This means if you are going to do a multi-day hike and backpacking trip that is full of rain, you are assured that your feet will stay dry.
It’s time to look at the lacing structure. The lacing system for this boot is very simple compared with Lowa Tibet GTX which is complicated yet effective. I’m going to break them down so that you can fully understand how simply the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid lacing structure is.
First and foremost, it’s an alpine lacing system. This is a fast easy lacing system which is going to help you dial in and lace your boot properly. Once you manage to lace your boot properly, the boot will shape around your feet and give you stability when you are hiking.
Secondly, there are eight metal eyelets at the front part of the boot. Four on each side. These metal eyelets are hook inside of the leather. This makes the lacing eyelets durable and prevents any metal from showing outside of the boot. This way you don’t get scratch or hurts by the metal.
Moreover, these eight metal eyelets have reasonable size holes for you to pull the laces through them. Again, this increases the pace of how you can lace your boot.
And thirdly, there are six lacing hooks from the middle section of the boot to the ankle section. This is going to give you the option to tigh your laces the way you prefer it. Also, when you manage to tigh the laces to the ankle section, it will stop the tongue of the boot from moving back and fore.
The way the toe box is made for this boot is different from most hiking boots like Manta Pro GTX, Scarpa Sl Activ and Merrel Moab Ventilator Mid. These boots have toe box that are pointed at the front part of the boot. The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid on the other hand has got a rubberized toe box that goes around the boot.
This tells you that, the toe box is going to be super-protective to your toes. Furthermore, the way the toe box has being made is going to last a long time. Since the toe box goes around the boot, and it’s combined with the midsole, it’s going to add extra cushioning and comfort to the boot.
The Outsole, Midsole, and Insole
It’s time to look at the outsole, midsole and insole. The outsole is made of Vibram EVO. This is beautifully constructed to give you a lot of traction on the trails. Furthermore, since the outsole is made of Vibram EVO, it’s going to make it durable.
Underneath the outsole, there are a lot of different size lugs which are going to give you traction on different hiking trails. Especially when you are climbing a high steep hill. Also, the lugs are self-cleaning and it’s going to clear all the mud and debris from the outsole. This helps to keep your outsole neat.
The midsole is made of double injection DuraPU. This is going to give you a lot of cushioning and comfort whiles you are hiking on the trails. Underneath the midsole, there is a full length stabilizer which is going to protect and stabilize your foot on the hiking trails.
And lastly is the insole. Lowa did not state what they used to make the insole. However, it seems that it going to be comfortable to wear based on how the whole boot is constructed to give you excellent footwear.
Gusseted Tongue, Ankle Section and Nylon Shank
The boot has got padded gusseted tongue. This is going to give you a nice comfort when you put your feet inside of the boot. In addition to that, the gusseted tongue is going to stop water, debris, rocks and sand from entering the boot.
There is a lot of padding around the ankle section which is soft and it’s going to give you a lot of comfort. The full-length nylon shank is going to give you support you need on the trails.
Heel Section and Monowrap
The heel section of the boot is made very hard and it’s a good thing. It is going to stabilize and place your heels in a perfect position when you are hiking or backpacking.
In addition to that, the mono wrap is going to make your feet feel secure and stops your feet from moving side to side. Overall, Lowa did a great job in making the heel section hard and adding mono wrap frame to give you nice fit.
If you are someone who enjoys wearing hiking boots that matches with your hiking customers. Then you will love Lowa Renegade GTX Mid. It has varieties of colours for you to choose from. It’s like Danner Mountain 600 and Danner Jag which also have varieties of colours to choose from. They have green, grey, dark brown, light brown and black.
With the black version, it comes in two types. The first one comes with black laces and the second one comes with blue laces. Below are all the colours available to choose from. Click on the images to see the full picture.
Fit and Size
Lowa Boots are one of the few manufactures that offers hiking boots that are wide width for both men and women. Therefore, if you are someone who is very concern with sizing and fit then you should check Lowa.
Don’t get me wrong though, this boot comes in all sizes as well. So if you are looking for any particular size, you will surely find it with Lowa.
The Lowa Renegade GTX weighs 1110 g/pair. This boot appears bulky but it’s really lightweight and the aesthetic looks nice. This put this boot in the lightweight category like Meindl Bhutan MFS GTX, Lowa Locarno GTX Mid and Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid.
- Backpacking Trip
- Multi-day hiking
- Day hikes
Looking at this Lowa Renegade GTX Mid, you can see that there is a lot to love about this boot. The price for this boot is fair in my opinion when you consider what it can do on the hiking trails. It’s simply unbelievable and amazing.
As we come to the conclusion of Lowa Renegade GTX Mid, you can see that this boot is brilliantly made for backpacking, multi-day hiking and day hikes. Some of the features in this boot are fantastic.
The nubuck leather gives you comfort, warmful, and cushioning as you hike. Also, the way the nubuck leather is made by Lowa makes the boot durable. But it’s very important to spend some time keeping it neat by cleaning it regularly. Especially when you complete a backpacking trip or after hiking in a wet condition.
There is Gore-Tex lining inside of the boot which is going to protect your feet against wet conditions and keep it breathable. The toe box is uniquely made which is going to give you extra protection at your toes.
One of the highlights of this boot is the colour options. There is so many colours to choose from that gives you the opportunity to wear hiking customers that matches with it. The midsole, outsole, and insole are all made perfectly to give you the support, comfort, and cushioning on the trails.
This boot is very hard to criticize because everything is done correctly. Maybe one recommendation that I could make is, Lowa should have designed this boot in a way to be able to adapt to winter condition as well. Apart from that, everything about the is perfect in my opinion.
I hope you have really enjoyed reading this post on Lowa Renegade GTX Mid review. If you have any questions or thoughts on Lowa Renegade GTX Mid, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!
And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip.