User Review: Lowa Men's Renegade GTX Mid
Materials: Leather, Goretex
Use: Day hikes, rough trails, mud, water
Break-in Period: 5 trips
Good boots for day trips in dry weather on flat surface. The boots are extremely flexible, not so good for scrambling or hiking on rocks.
These boots are more for the weekend finally-out-of-the-office employee that doesn't go out too far. Or a rich person that doesn't mind changing to a new pair every few years.
- Very flexible
- Poor build quality
- The outside leather is soft and relatively weak if wet
- If very wet, might split open on long hikes.
It's unfortunately my second pair. The first pair fell apart after a hike. I used the first pair quite frequently on very easy hike, sometimes in rain or mud but always cleaned it, dried it for more than 24hours as recommended.
After a wet hike, I noticed that the front and front sides of both boots were split open to a point of no-return. My feet were wet the whole hike and I was wondering why.... I still paid a professional to glue it back together but the boots were completely destroyed. I used the boots for less than 3 years, one to two seasons only. Quite disappointing for the expensive price to pay.
After the loss of my boots, I had another hike planned an had no real time to shop around for a new pair and the store I went to only had the same model, just the new style. I'm still hiking with those but I'm always waiting for that one day where I will have to go through hiking with broken boots.
The boots are long to dry. After a few very wet hikes, I noticed that to have them 100% dry would take up to 48 hours. In the information labels, it says that you need to dry them completely after every hike, but if you hike in the rain, it can be from hard to impossible to get them dry if you camp overnight. The next morning, you will wake up with wet boots, in and out.