Lowa Uplander Desert
This boot has a flexible albeit stable footbed that…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $240
This boot has a flexible albeit stable footbed that offers the lightness of a traditional jungle boot with the comfort only Lowa can produce.
- Overall comfort
- Sole wears quickly
The size of this boot is concurrent with most boots (both military style, and modern backpacking) that I have worn throughout the years. The toe box is slightly larger than most which allows a little more wiggle room for the toes and the arch is moderate neutral.
Break-in is basically not needed at all in these boots. I wore my first pair of these straight out of the box for an 18 mile road march/run. The end result...no blisters and one very happy man. The ankle support over adverse terrain (mountainous vegetated) is adequate. Not too restricting and not too loose.
The sole of this boot is amazing. It's like wearing a trail running/combat boot. Great support for the foot without sacrificing flexibility. The Vibram sole grips rocks (slimy, wet, dry, you name it), logs, mud, snow, and plain ol' dirt superbly. The best sole I've ever had on a boot (better than Kayland Vertigo High, Asolo Flame, Danner Light II, 5 Ten Pursuit and a myriad of other boots).
Although the comfort, superior sole, ankle support, temperature control and toughness of this boot really shine, the water resistance of this boot is very concurrent with non-membrane protect footwear. I tried Sno Seal, Nikwax, and different types of waterproof treatments on these boots, but in the end water will get in if you venture in more than ankle deep water.
At the end of day, what do I think about the Lowa Uplander desert boot.... I think Lowa has produced one of the best kept combat boot/ little hiking boot secrets to hit the market. If you are in the market to buy a new pair of hiking boots or combat boots and these bad boys catch your eye, buy 'em and you won't be disappointed.