User Review: Lowa Men's Tibet Pro GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $340
I am a boot person and over the years I have tried many different brands without finding what I was looking for, comfort, protection, stability and durability. About 3 years ago I stumbled across Lowa (Germany), made in Europe, and tried the Tibet Pro. I picked up a pair and found what I wanted.
I would recommend these to any person looking for a complete backpacking boot.
- Extremely stable on all terrain
- Waterproof (leather and Gore-tex) but breathes well
- Cut small. May need to go up 1 full size for toe box area
This is my second pair of Lowa Tibet Pro boots. I replaced my first pair after several hundred miles because I found the toe box area a little snug. As normal, the first boots were a half size bigger than my normal shoes but when going downhill with a pack the toe area was still snug. The second pair I purchased a full size larger than my normal shoes and they are perfect.
I have 2 years and about 800 miles of varied terrain on my second pair with no blisters, hot spots or sore feet. There was no break-in, the nubuck leather molds to the foot and they are comfortable and stable on the trail.
I wear them with a light to mid weight Merino wool sock and liner. The Merino wool seems to wick the moisture from my foot and the breathability of the boot keeps the moisture to a minimum, even in 90+ degree heat. The high cut gives me very good ankle support which is appreciated with a mid to heavy weight pack and rough terrain. The boots grip all kinds of trail, wet or dry, and breath well in cold or hot weather.
They have worn very well. Take care of them and they will take care of you. Another 800 miles and more should be no problem. The factory insoles are comfortable but I replaced them with custom insoles.
The only thing to be careful of is being European they tend to be cut small. I went up a full size from my regular shoes to get a proper fit in the toe box area.
Sure, they are just shy of 4 pounds for the pair but well worth the weight.