Lowa Banff Pro
I used these boots for 3 seasons of high alpine wilderness…
Price Paid: $245
I used these boots for 3 seasons of high alpine wilderness work. Constant hiking with heavy (40-55lb) packs on terrain which includes dirt trail, degraded granite, duff, lake perimeter surveys, marsh/meadow surveys, and tons of exposed granite cross-country.
I put in approximately 300 work days in the 3 years that mostly were comprised of 8-12 day trips. The boots held up like champs, break-in time was minimal and the boots retained their wateroproof integrity. The fit was great. Never suffered one blister.
Just this last backpacking trip the leather inside the boot on the heel gave way on both boots. I cut it out with meat scissors and upgraded to thicker socks and they are still comfortable. Still waterproof with periodic sno-seal treatments.
I was thinking of buying some Danner lights next just to throw some diversity into life but who am I kidding? I will likely buy another pair of Banffs.
I still use my old ones for walks.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Lowa Banff Backpacking Boot for Men is the product of history and technology. Like its predecessors, the Banff uses 2.5mm thick seamless leather for unbeatable durability and long life. Coupled with a Vibram sole with a shock absorbing midsole, the Banff stabilizes and protects your foot. The full rubber shank lends stability in uneven terrain and protects from sharp rocks. The leather upper with the slightly raised inner cuff prevents ankle rolls. A carefully constructed insole with pronation and supination zones gives optimum stabilization no matter what your stride looks like. The Banff is a great deal on a top performer for intense backpacking with heavy loads.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
The Lowa Banff Pro hiking boots handle rough trails while carrying moderate to heavy loads with ease. Thick split-grain leather uppers are highly water resistant and flexible, and offer long-lasting protection and comfort. Smooth leather linings are soft and absorbent and will conform to foot shape for an enduring fit. C4 lacing system uses asymmetric padded tongues, soft edging, recessed ankle cuts and curved inserts for tailored comfort across insteps. Full rubber rands decrease abrasion and deter moisture from uppers. Polyurethane midsoles offer outstanding cushioning for all-day wear; nylon shanks afford enhanced torsional rigidity to protect and support feet. Nylon inserts help control pronation and supination for a more neutral walking motion. Vibram(R) rubber outsoles feature omnidirectional, self-cleaning lugs for reliable traction on all types of surfaces. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version
The Banff Pro Hiking Boot for Men by Lowa is handcrafted in Germany. This lightweight backpacking boot has classic styling, suitable for heavy loads, and proven for all-around backpacking.Backpacker tester reports: "The Banff is a great choice for heavy-load trekking, off-trail bashes, or big boys who need extra support. Most notable is the Banff's all-leather upper: the inside is lined entirely in supple glove leather. This holds the foot securely and feels great.""It's easy to review a pair of boots when they are this comfortable out of the box. The Banff is the best boot I have worn in the past 10 years and many of those boots have had the same price tag. The Lowa boot's comfort and quality of construction is without comparison, in my experience." - yosemitewilderness.com
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version