Lowa Tibet GTX Overview
My Rating: 4.5/5
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
The lowa tibet gtx is specifically designed for hikers who enjoys carrying heavy loads and hiking on long distances on rugged off trail terrain. The materials used to make the lowa tibet gtx allows it to carry heavy loads and it’s the ideal boots for a multi-day trek on rough surfaces. Overall, this boot is very supportive and stable to wear and I will definitely recommend it to hikers who loves long distances.
The upper side of the boot is made with nubuck leather. Before I explain what the nubuck leather is, I want to clarify that this type of leather should not be confused with other leathers such as reversed or suede leather. This is because different leather have different functions and uses and can have a huge impact on how the boots function.
Now that is out of the way it will be much easier to explain what the nubuck leather is. This material is made out of the outer layer of the calfskin which as a result makes it very expensive than other materials such as suede. The reason why this is the case is because the outer layer of the calfskin is usually tough and hard which as a result makes the boot durable. However, the issue some hiking boot manufacturers might have is how the nubuck leather could turn out to be imperfection if it’s not done correctly.
But once it’s done perfectly, the outer surface looks sanded and texturised. Personally speaking I don’t see the outer surface of the lowa tibet gtx to be sanded when compared with other hiking boots like scarpa hiking boots. Nevertheless, it still looks very attractive to wear.
Another key feature of the material is how gore-tex membrane is included in the lining material. This gives the boot an excellent breathability and waterproof. This means the gore-tex will keep your foot dry even when hiking through crossing creeks or wet brush. On top of that, it keeps your foot at the right temperature throughout the hike especially in warmer conditions. The reason why the lowa tibet gtx is successful at doing that is because they have a climate control system with micro-perforations to allow air and moisture out of the boots.
The lowa tibet gtx boots have three different colours to choose from. These include the sepia/black, navy/grafite and sepia/schwarz.
The lowa tibet gtx hiking boots is by far one of the complex lacing structure that I have personally come across. Although, I got to admit that the complex lacing structure is more effective than it looks. Firstly, the six lacing holes at the bottom of the boots looks more like a ball bearing system. It’s designed that way because it enables you to put the laces through the holes at a very fast pace. Also, the lower portion of the boot is very smooth which gives you the comfort and the flexibility to lace the boots.
Secondly, after the six looking ball bearing system, there are two lace studs which are quite different from the rest of the laces. This lace studs is known as the cam lock system. The function of this cam lock system is very straight forward but very effective. What it simply does is when you flip the cam lock system out, it allows the lace to move freely in and out. On the other hand, when you flip the cam lock system in, it locks the laces in place and stops it from moving.
This is good to have because when you are lacing the boots and you are ready to tie them up, you can flip the cam lock system in, which as a result will stop it from moving and give you the time to tie the laces properly. On top of that, the other laces cannot budge down or against each other.
Thirdly, there is another type of lacing hook at the middle of the boot and it’s a bit loose. This is super cool to have because it allows the boot to shape comfortably with your foot as you lace the boot. And lastly, the tongue stud out front lacing also makes a huge contribution to the lacing structure of this boot because it keeps the tongue stable and centered on your foot. This really makes your foot very comfortable as you hike with the boots. For me this is a world-class lacing structure.
The toe box is covered with a strong rubber end which goes all around the boot. This is to give the boot an optimal protection against abrasion. On top of that, the toe box of the boot is very strong and it can protect your foot from getting hurt or serious injury when you hit a rock or a hard surface.
Outsole, Midsole and Insole
The outsole of the boot is made with rubber lower vibram masai. The outsole is one of the key strengths of this boot because it very good at dealing with all kinds of terrains and trails. The outsole have lugs which are wide and have got a really large gaps. This is to help the sole stick on rocky surfaces and hardpan. On top of that, it helps cleans the sole as you hike through conditions such as snow, grass and mud. This whole feature of the outsole makes the boot stable as you hike through different trails and it’s durable.
The midsole on the other hand is made of Dura PU With SPS System. Using Dura PU let lowa tibet gtx set it-self apart from the different hiking boots. This is because most boots normally use either TPU and EVA. This shows that the lowa tibet gtx gives a lot support as you hike and it’s durable.
And lastly, the insole is also made of the same material as the outsole. Again this makes the boot durable and gives more comfort within the boots and keeps you feet dry.
As we come to the conclusion of this post about lowa tibet gtx review. I think this men hiking boot is the real deal. It has all the features to deal with tough conditions such as wet weather and it is able to keep your feet dry throughout your journey.
For me I will recommend this boot for hikers who want to hike on a long journey or going on a tricky surface such as scree and rugged off trail tarrian. The outsole are perfectly designed and it gives you good grip on the trails and stability. However, some weakness of this boot is the lack of design. I think the design section is subjective although I think Lowa Hiking Boots Company can do a better job with the design and make it more stylish to wear.
This really makes us question if, the lowa tibet gtx is the real deal or not? In my opinion it is the real deal because the features it has are amazing and it will look after you when you take a good care of it.
I hope you have really enjoy reading this post on the lowa tibet gtx review. If you have any questions or thoughts on the lowa tibet gtx review, 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. 🙂