User Review: Lowa Trekker
Materials: Leather exterior, Leather lined
Use: Backpacking, Trekking, Hiking
Break-in Period: About 10 miles
Price Paid: $150
Excellent boots for supported hiking. These boots are for "Trekking", meaning that they are stiffer than "regular" hiking boots, but more flexible than backpacking boots. Some people might refer to these as "Rough Trail" boots.
Excellent boots, great for heavier folks that don't want backpacking boots. Also great for those who backpack, but don't like inflexible boots.
They are true to size and constructed well, however, there is a great deal of exposed stitching. Also, the gusseting is really minimal, so expect debris to get in if you're not wearing pants or gaiters. If these two factors bother you, seek out the Lowa Terrano. If you want these boots to be water resistant, you MUST NIKWAX THEM...
Due to the large amount of exposed seams (and no Gore-Tex), I would Nikwax them twice. The climate control feature really works, and the leather lining helps to keep your feet cool and dry in hot climates,
unlike Gore-Tex liners.
These are excellent boots, but they only receive 4 stars due to stitching and minimal gusseting. Which is apparently corrected in the Lowa Terrano.
One final note; most, if not ALL Lowa boots are available in size 12.5 (and 13.5), however, the American distributor decided to stop importing them. If you would like to get Lowa products in 12.5 (or even 13.5), please contact Lowa's American distributor and let them know.
They can be reached at: http://lowaboots.com/ecatalog/salemain.cfm