Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Review

Lowa Renegade GTX MidProduct: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

My Rating: 4.8/5

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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.

Material Used

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.

Lacing Structure

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.

Toe Box

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.

Colour Selection

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.

Recommended for:

  • 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.

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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. ????




  1. Nice Review,

    Sometimes we get stuck not because we don’t have the money but because we haven’t seen our choice.

    This is really one of the best out there and it has always been my pressure to have one for myself. Though I have applied for one similar boots but I wasn’t comfortable when they delivered it to me. 

    But looking at this, I would highly recommend these to any one whether a serious hiker or just like me a long distant dog walker, they are comfortable and fit perfectly.

    Nice one once again Kuu.

    • Hello Bibian,

      I understand where you are coming from. Sometimes choosing the best hiking boots to wear can be a tough challenge. I created a post showing people how to select the best hiking boots. You can check it here

      Absolutely, the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid is one of the comfortable hiking and backpacking boots in the markets. You will surely like wearing it whiles you are going for a walk with your dog. 

      You are welcome Bibian. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


  2. Hi Kuu,

    I really enjoyed reading this in-depth review. Though I am a woman, I have a pair of hiking boots I use for camping or heavy weather.

    I did not know that a boot could be described in such a way. Mentioning all of the different materials used to make a sturdy and waterproof boot.

    Well done for making such an informative post. I will definitely treasure my boots for years to come as I know they are well made like the ones you mention here.

    • Hey Stella, 

      I’m pleased to hear that you really enjoyed this thorough review. It’s great to see that you enjoy hiking and camping. 

      Yeah, it’s ironic to write a full review on a boot but the reality is, it’s possible. As long as you break the different parts down. It makes it easy to write about. 

      You are welcome and keep the hiking going. 


  3. Thanks a lot for this very thorough review, Kuu!  What do you mean when you say that one recommendation that you could make is that “Lowa should have designed this boot in a way to be able to adapt to winter condition as well”? 

    Also, I’m a little unsure about ordering shoes online, because my husband cannot try them on before we receive them… would you have any tip for this? Or can I just order these boots with my husband’s “normal” shoe size and trust that it will be fine? Thanks! Nathalie 

    • Hello Nathalie, 

      I’m glad that you enjoyed this post. What I mean by that phrase is that, Lowa should have made the boot an all round boot where you can use it in every condition such as winter. A good example is the Scarpa Hiking Boot where you can use it in every condition. 

      In terms of trying the shoes on. I have two recommendations for your husband. Firstly, you can go to a shop in your town/city that sell hiking boots. 

      You then allow your husband to put the boots on and see how it fit him. Once he manage to find his right size, he can order it from online by typing in the size. 

      Secondly, is to use his size that he normally use to buy a boot or shoes and fill in the section of the size when he goes online. 

      This is much quicker and very effective process. If by chance if the boot he order does not fit his feet, he can send it back and re-order a new one. 

      I hope you find these answers useful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to give me a shout. 

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


  4. This boot looks like it would be perfect for my husband. He’s just been using trainers for our hikes, but they’re not providing enough support around the ankles like proper boots would. 

    I love the colour selections – though this can make deciding which one to buy tougher! How easy are these boots to clean? 

    • Hello Fiona, 

      Yeah, definitely! This boot will really suit your husband. The Low Renegade GTX Mid has got a lot of padding around the ankle section and it’s going to give him a lot of comfort around his ankle when he wears it. 

      Don’t worry about how you are going to select the colours. Just select the ones that appears to you the most. This boot is very easy to clean than you think. This full instructions will help you. 

      I hope you find these answers useful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to give me a shout. 

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


  5. Very nice hiking boots. I have a friend who likes hiking very much and I was troubled what to make him a gift for Christmas and seeing your article really helped me a lot as I think he will definitely like these. They look durable and good quality so hopefully he will find these useful. Thank you for the info.

    • Hello Stratos, 

      I’m very glad that my article came in time for you. I’m sure your friend will enjoy having the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid as a Christmas gift. All the best as you surprise him 🙂 on Christmas day. 

      You are welcome and thanks for stopping by.


  6. Hi Kuu,

    These are some really interesting hiking boots I’ve seen. I like the fact they are waterproof, this is perfect for mountain climbing or going to a casual hike throughout the day. 

    These would be great since me and my wife really like to hike in our spare time. Thanks for these, very well informative!


    • Hello JD, 

      Indeed, this boot is fantastic. It has all the features that a day hike, backpacking and multi-day hiker will need. Here are the ladies version for your wife. I’m sure she will like the design and colour options as well. 

      You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


  7. Hi Kuu!

    Thanks for sharing a good review to read just in time to get my husband his Christmas present. I’m sure he’ll love it!

    Since the day he switched to regular pair of running shoes to a hiking shoes, he hasn’t got any more pair of running shoes, he has a job where he need to keep going all day long.

    A good pair of hiking shoes has helped him to stay active and he has no more any legs or knee pain at all.

    As I was shopping to find him a good pair of shoes for him for this Christmas. I thought about getting him a good quality hiking shoes. I know he’ll love it and I’m sure the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid will become his favorite.

    The quality and the good features on these shoes, I’m sure he will love everything. And the price looks to be OK for me.

    You helped me to find a good present for my husband today! Thank you so much. 

    • Hi Alejandra, 

      I’m super happy that I made this post in time for you to get something for your husband on Christmas day. I’m sure he will like it due to the quality of the boot. All the best as you surprise him 🙂 on Christmas day.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


  8. Dear Kuu,

    Thanks a lot for the very thorough and comprehensive review post. I loved how easy the review makes it for readers. No additional research needed.

    We do hiking once in a month, we do climb mountains and in our team few weeks before we spoke about the best hiking shoes. I got great insights from your post and I am going to share your post with my friends and I strongly believe its going to be very helpful.

    You left no stone up-turned in explaining about Lowa Renegade GTX Mid covering all the aspects which is going to be a greater help in many people purchase decision.

    Wishing you great Success!


    • Hello Paul, 

      It’s great to meet another avid hiker like you. I feel honoured to hear that my post answered all the questions you where looking for in the boot. I’m confident that your follow team will enjoy the review as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


  9. I liked this review of the Lowa Renegade hiking boot, it is one of the best boots on the market. I think you covered all the bases in your write-up. One comment I have about this particular boot is the weight.  We do a lot of hiking in my family. 

    My brother is a mountain climber and has been a member of a mountain rescue team. He has climbed mountains around the world, most recently the Dolomites in Italy. My suggestion when selecting a hiking boot is to consider what type of hiking is planned. 

    The Renegade may not be a good choice if the use is for heavy-duty backpacking because of the lightweight framing materials used; the hiker may need sturdier support. 

    I personally prefer a heavy, sturdier boot when I backpacked on rocky trails going into high mountain lakes in the Cascade range of the Pacific Northwest.  

    A day hiker who only hikes in the summer in hot, dry conditions like the Sierra Nevada mtns in California may not want a Gortex lined boot. Excellent work Kuu. Keep it up. 

    • Hello Glen, 

      I think that you hit everything right on the nail. Choosing the right hiking boots is one task and knowing which trails you will be hiking on is another task. 

      It’s always important to know the trails you will be hiking on so that you can purchase the right boots. It will make your life so much easy on the trails. 

      Congratulation to your brother on making it to the mountain rescue team. It’s incredible to be part of such team. I think you will enjoy my list of best backpacking post Glen. In the post, I select the best backpacking boots in the markets for men. 

      Thanks I will keep it up. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip. 


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