Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid
Price Paid: ??
Got the Lowa Zephyrs. Haven't walked in them yet, but I am very impressed with them!
Extremely lightweight, comfortable, they fit true to size and they are passing Gore-tex's waterproofing test method that is recommended to the consumer.
For 12 hours now, the boots have been filled with water and not one drop can be seen on the outside of the boot, or on a sheet of paper under the boot.
These Lowas are made in Slovakia. The craftsmanship between a European made vs a Chinese made boot is blatantly obvious. Another example of — you DO get what you pay for.
Will update the review as I break them in. I'm truly looking forward to walking in these.
Update: February 7, 2012
Wore these 3 times taking the dog for a walk. 2 miles/walk
I think the Lowas are broken in already.
Love how you can walk on an asphalt road and be as quiet as can be...no "clomp clomp clomp." You could actually sneak up on someone while you're wearing these.
I'm likin' 'em!
Materials: Leather and gore-tex
Use: Dayhikes and short backpacking trips
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 2 lbs. 4 oz. for size 9
Price Paid: $130
I bought the Zephyrs in a sample sale at a local outdoor store and have brought them on a few backpacking/camping trips now. I have been very pleased and really enjoy the Gore-tex liner which makes it breathable and waterproof.
The boots fit well, but I think that the sizes run a little large. I normally wear a size 6 and bought a size 5.5. They offer great arch support and my foot does not slide around inside of them. This is sometimes a problem for me because I have narrow heels. The soles are not cushy at all, so you may want to consider buying more comfortable insoles.
Still, I recommend these boots because of their great support, the Goretex, and the thick tread great for dry and wet conditions.