Lowa Alpine Guide
These are interesting boots. I like them but don't…
Materials: leather, lightly insulated, vibram soles
Use: winter hiking
Break-in Period: some, but not much
Price Paid: $150
These are interesting boots. I like them but don't love them. They're claimed to be designed for alpine climbing situations. I have used them for winter hikes and snowshoeing. I do not use them for actual winter climbing. These don't work well enough with crampons. They are good for rock scrambling and hiking though - especially in snowy conditions.
I went back and double-checked the original marketing language that Lowa wrote to describe the boots. It says something to the effect of 'can be used with crampons for glacier walking.' That's fine. You can use strap and 'newmatic' crampons with these just fine for walking on ice. But the boots are not nearly supportive enough for any real front pointing. That said, they are comfortable, the soles are aggressively lugged vibram that work very well in the snow/mud/slush/ice and are quite sticky on both dry and wet rock. They are warm (lightly insulated with 'Outlast'). They are mostly waterproof.
Another reviewer mentioned that there is a small area where the lacing ends down by the toes that leaks. I have experienced this as well in very wet conditions.
They are excellent winter hikers that should not be confused with real climbing boots.