Lowa Scarab II
The Lowa Scarab II is a pure trail shoe. They are…
Price Paid: $90
The Lowa Scarab II is a pure trail shoe. They are heavier than a trail runner but lighter than a light ankle-cut boot, coming in at 2 lbs. 4 oz. for the pair. The uppers are sued with mesh inserts.
The sole is fairly low profile, not too aggressive, but enough tread for most of what you would encounter on-trail save the super-slick wet rocks or roots:
I have logged many miles on these shoes, exclusively for day hikes and outdoor recreation. They are quite durable, need no time to break in, and the insole fits my foot quite well. Since the upper is mostly suede these shoes will prove to be more durable than your average trail runner, but they don't breathe all that well. Additionally, the mesh sections are thick and don't provide a whole lot in terms of ventilation.
This is great if you hike in cooler, dry conditions. If you tend to hike in hot/muggy/wet conditions, I would look at something with a little more ventilation – Roclite's these aren't. Another benefit to the thicker mesh sections is that it tends to keep the debris out better.
Lowa has a reputation for quality, which is evident even in shoes such as these which would be considered the bottom of their line. I think these shoes occupy a valuable little niche, somewhere between trail runner and light boot. Unfortunately, these are no longer made, but they deserve a good review.
Here's what other sites are saying:
For those who spend as much time outdoors as at the gym, this multipurpose shoe from Lowa will perform throughout your fitness routine. Traction sole perfect for all your summer adventures -- on or off-road. Suede uppers with mesh inserts dry quickly Climate-control insole keeps your feet cool Weight: 2 lb. 4 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . Slovakia.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
Lowa® Scarab II cross-training shoes are the optimum combination of lightness, design and performance. Great for warm-weather activity. Flexible split-grain leather uppers with nylon mesh panels offer durable and lightweight breathability and performance. Tongue and heel loops allow easy entry and exit; padded tongues and webbing eyelets allow snug security across instep. Quick-drying nylon linings absorb excess moisture and disperse it for faster drying. Removable, anatomically shaped footbeds add cushioning and feature wicking topsheets for moisture control. Durable polyurethane midsoles with rigid nylon shanks provide ample cushioning, support and protection from rough and rocky terrain. Durable thermoplastic urethane outsoles have multi-directional lug design for positive traction and braking on all types of surfaces. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version