Lowa Alpine Guide

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These are interesting boots. I like them but don't…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
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.

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Alpine Guide versions

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Taking you to the mountaintop with heart and sole, these Lowa backpacking and mountaineering hiking boots are lightweight and stable for exceptional support. Handsome and rugged suede uppers are padded at sides, tongue and collar. Semi rigid Vibram

- Sierra Trading Post

Lowa Men's Alpine Guide

Discontinued

The Men's Alpine Guide has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$99.95

The Lowa Men's Alpine Guide is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen sometime before 2006 at Sierra Trading Post.

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