Lowa Baffin Pro
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
I own 2 pairs of these — one for hiking and one for daily field-work wear. By far the best boots I've owned.
- Ability to resole
Craftsmanship and quality is outstanding. Outer soles can be refurbished through Lowa — Had it done 2x for each and very pleased. Great ankle support.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270
Perfect trekking boots.
- Good support & ankle protection
- Good breathable
- Waterproof if waxed
- Outsoles a little slippy on humid rocks
So far my best backpacking shoes :
I used this shoes for trekking during summer in the most hard mountain paths in Corsica (3000ft to 6000 ft, very rocky and sharp rocks)
They give an excellent support even with high loads backpacks (you don't feel any rocks spot under shoes).
Plus they have a flex at the foot toes, giving a good walking movement.
Lether in and out (no Gore-tex) = good breathability and totally waterprof When waxed .
Perfect for winter and summer, it's an all terrain all season boot. Not too hot, not too cold.
Outsoole can be renewed at Lowa, (I did it after one month of heavy use in very sharp gravels and rocks).
I found that the outsoole is a little slippy on humid rocks, I have seen better soles on old school shoes (all rubber, undestructible and unusable), but still it's ok for backpacking in rocks, you just need to be careful sometimes.
Lowa have a wider feet than some others brands, which is comfy for the feet.
Well designed shoes, no blister even after intensive use.
The inside leather lining is 1mm, mine has broken at the heel because of 15 days continuous intensive use.
(I wish they would make it stronger).
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $230
I am a field engineer and I wear these to work everyday. These are very comfortable. I feel in love with these because I wear the Tibet GTX when backpacking.
Simply the best. If you can afford these buy them and I know you will fall in love as I have. Brought them at Adventure 16.
Use: Hiking, Heavy Backpacking
Break-in Period: A couple days of casual use
It's time to buy some new boots and I'm very glad to see the Baffin's are still being made by Lowa.
I have owned two pair of these boots over the last 25 years. The boots have remained nearly unchanged during that time.
I used these almost exclusively during years of heavy use in mountainous terrain all over Europe and the US while carrying loads up to 125 pounds. I would spend between 90-120 days a year wearing the boots. About the only time I would not wear them in the field was when I'd do true mountaineering work.
You can expect the boots to last for years, are very comfortable, and provide solid foot and ankle support.
I really like that they are not Gore-Tex and breath very well (I'm not a fan of Gore-Tex boots, about the worst thing you can put in footwear in my opinion). Just waterproof the boots with some Sno-Seal and you're good to go.
Worth every penny. Will last most people for a decade.
Use: Hiking w/ heavy pack, winter/mountianeering
Break-in Period: 50 kms
Price Paid: $360 Canadian
I purchased my Lowa Baffins 6 years ago after 4-5 months of research. I was looking for well made leather lined, leather outer hiking boot. My feet get very sweaty if I wear Goretex on my feet so no waterproof liners.
I kept coming back to the Lowa Baffin. I tried a pair on. I have never worn footwear that fit so well. Six years and thousands of kms later my Baffins are still in great shape and I can say my feet are never sore at the end of a long day of rough trails and a 40 kg pack.
If something was to happen to my boots (hurricane, tornado, tsunomi) and they where destroyed I would spend the money again and purchase another set.
Use: Snow hikes with pack or without
Break-in Period: Quick
Price Paid: $240
I used these on a hike at Mount Whitney in waist deep snow during late December with snow-shoes and cramp-ons with a 42lb pack. They worked flawlessly. My feet stayed warm and even with a pack my feet never got sore. They are leather so when they do get wet it takes a while to fully dry them.
It's the second time I buy Lowa and it's simply great! I have this model for about two years and it looks good. Give them one month and it will soften down.
Just now I did a 6-weeks long trek with about 30 kg and they work perfectly.
Use: Rough Trail
Price Paid: 300 CAD
I bought these boots last summer and after hundred kilometres of trekking here in Canada in The Forillon Park and The Chic Choc Provincial Park, I can tell you now that I really love my boots.
Use: rough trail
Break-in Period: 1 month
Weight: 3.1 lbs
Price Paid: $250 US
I bought these Lowa boots while in Germany and have been a fan ever since. High ankle, leather, rubber guard which extends high on the boot, prevents wear on the leather very well. Although a little heavy, these boots are worth the price if you do alot of heavy pack hiking. I've got about 300 miles on these, minus break in and they are none worse for wear.
Weight: 80 kg
Price Paid: 190 EUR
These are the best of the best trekking boots... All-leather. I did six months S-America, Africa, Corsica, Pyrenees etc with them... and they NEVER let you down... Just wonderfull trekking gear.