Lowa Vertex GTX
Use: backpacking (multi-week, heavy pack)
Break-in Period: almost none
Price Paid: $185
I initially noticed these boots when I saw they received awards from both Backpacker and Outside magazine. Since I was heading out to hike the JMT, I was in the market for new boots as the ones I had had given me a lot of blister problems. It took me a while to get over their funky apperance, but once I was over it, they proved to be very lightweight and supportive. There was almost no break-in period, and I didn't get any blisters on my heels which I normally had a problem with.
From Yosemite Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney, I only had two very small blisters mainly because my socks had bunched up. Despite being a big guy (6'2", 240) and carrying a big pack (60 lbs) my feet and ankles held up amazingly well over the duration of our 230-mile trip.
The one problem I had was that one of the plastic lacing eyelets ripped off. I was able to return them to REI for a new pair. Considering this happened at the end of my trip, and many people replace their boots after 200 miles, it wasn't that much of an issue.
The bottom line is that after about 300 miles and six weeks on the trail this past summer, I love these boots!
Price Paid: $225
One other review notes that a plastic eyelet ripped off. I could see how this could happen as they can get caught with the support plastic on the other boot as they pass when walking.
Squeaking, come on, there is no way for fan belt squeaking to come out of a hiking boot of this construction. If you bite on this one you've had little experience on the internet.
Shows dirt. Looks like someone would kill me for them. I've had to apologize in advance to my conservative boot owner friends.
Good boot. Very waterproof. My last Lowas would leak to my sock if I spilled water when I was drinking in them. These have survived the foot in the stream test.
It's a good boot, if you can get over the "silver-ness" in them.
Price Paid: $230
I bought a pair of these last summer for a hike around Shasta. They squeaked. I don't mean they made a little noise, I mean I sounded like I threw a fan belt. They were otherwise comfortable, but I would recommend them only to the deaf.
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The Lowa Vertex GTX hiking boot utilizes Lowa's solid engineering and Gore-Tex materials to create this lightweight, waterproof, breathable masterpiece. The Vibram Vertex rubber sole has a non-slip universal profile. The thermo-plastic cuff is an anatomical and asymetyrical cuff that aligns itself with the actual axis of the ankle and lower leg. It is there to prevent ankle injuries. It is the first of it's kind in the world of hiking boots.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the women's version
CLOSEOUTS . Reach the Vertex of performance in Lowa's Vertex Gore-Tex(R) hiking boots, backed by waterproof breathable Gore-Tex(R) and constructed in an ankle-saving design. Biomex(R) Technology provides lightweight ankle support to prevent ankle twists and sprains. Removable cushioned footbed with arch support Padded collar and tongue Vibram(R) sole Synthetic, microfiber and nylon uppers Height: 5” Weight: 2 lb. 14 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . Italy. Runs large, order size smaller.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the women's version
These award-winning backpacking boots deliver superior ankle support to help keep feet stable on the trail. Biomex® technology around the ankles features a pivoting plastic plate--similar to inline skates--that helps keep ankles stable. Waterproof uppers are made of a tough microfiber combined with abrasion-resistant nylon for durability. Gore-Tex® liners let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable. Light yet durable, polyurethane midsoles absorb shock for all-day comfort. Vibram® Vertex rubber outsoles deliver sure-footed traction.
- REI refers to the men's version