User Review: Lowa Men's Tempest Lo
Materials: nubuck, suede, Vibram
Use: rough urban and travel use
Break-in Period: little to none
Weight: 2.2 lbs per pair
Price Paid: $70
Excellent shoes! I have worn mine just about every day for 2.5 years now, with heavy daily use in harsh, dirty urban environments, extensive travel, as well as hiking. I just ordered another pair as back-up because I saw them on sale, but I still have several months until I wear the soles down too much.
Fit is extremely comfortable and lightweight - never even notice them. Very sturdy on rough streets or rocky trails. Soles are very durable but slowly and eventually wear down. Original stitching is in great shape - no rips, tears, or loose stitching. Original laces are worn but not fraying.
Leather (nubuck?) and suede are in great shape, even without proper regular cleaning and protection. They are waterproof, especially if properly treated (see Lowa website for good care info and products). Little to no break-in period.
I don't have a single bad thing to say about them. I will be very sad to retire this pair. (I probably have the 2006 or 07 model)