User Review: Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX Mid
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $220
Comfortable, durable, functional. What's not to like?
- Light weight
- Comfortable, zero break-in
- Lacing system around the ankle can be a nuisance to tie with stock laces
- Stock laces are too small in diameter; they work but I'd upgrade
People must be reviewing a different boot than the Renegade II's in my closet. I have no trouble backpacking in these boots, carrying loads of around 30 pounds through steep, rough terrain. No, they don't provide much traction on wet rocks, but I've owned boots from Han Wag, Danner, etc. and none of them were able to provide wet rock traction, either.
I replaced the insoles immediately with SF Greens because that's what I do with all my boots, but otherwise I put them on out of the box and they were great -- no breaking in necessary. I have to be deliberate when lacing around my ankles to keep the laces in place which is kind of annoying but I like replacing the factory laces most of the time, anyhow.
Lowa has a great boot here, and for anything less than weeklong expeditions and backpack hunting it's an ideal choice.