User Review: Lowa Men's Tibet GTX
Materials: leather, gore-tex
Use: dayhikes, via ferrata, off trail
Break-in Period: 1 week city walking + 2 hours hike
Price Paid: 200 EUR
I bought these boots as a semi-rigid boot for general alpine use. After a week walking around town, I took them for an easy 2 hour hike. That was enough to break them in sufficiently for a 9 hour T4 hike on mixed rocky ground including VF in the range A-C and some grade I climbing. The boots felt good, comfortable and though the temperature was more than 30C, and we were approaching the peak from the SE with the blazing sun being mercilessly bright, my feet never felt too hot. I always felt quite comfortable with respect to balance and grip on both the rock and the metal studs and ladders.
Finally, the boot is quite sturdy and inflexible. It only bends slightly when you put your full weight on one foot, but on the other hand they are not too uncomfortable to run in should you want to. Finally, they can take a crampon, so they should be usable on glaciers as well.
I cannot say anything about their durability at the moment, though the rubber outsole seems to have already been visibly worn somewhat.
Update: May 9, 2008
(A year update) One of the most excellent boots I've had in a while, which I bought as a tougher replacement to my Scarpa ZG20.
Fit and Stiffness: These are supposed to be backpacking books, so they are pretty stiff - just a notch softer than mountaineering boots. They are nevertheless even sufficiently comfortable for brief runs if necessary. The lacing system is superb, allowing you to tune the tightness of the upper and lower parts separately.
The upper part feels comfortable when you let it loose.
The width of the toebox is average.
Temperatures: I wore them in temperatures up to 30C with no major discomfort - the boot really breathes well. They feel warm in temperatures down to around freezing - I haven't used them in lower temperatures.
Terrain: The boots feel secure in trails, on rocks, on scree, on snow (ankle-deep), on via ferrata and grassy slopes. Haven't really tested their waterproof capacity.
Durability: I have only had them for a year, but they still look great. Outsole is holding up.