Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250
Best boot ever made. I have bad feet, real bad, but these boots are so comfortable they allow me to work 10 hours a day standing.
- Comfort like no other
- Looks great
- Rubber soles make no sound when walking
- No shoelace eyelets on top of foot making it more comfortable
- If shoelaces break you can't get regular laces to work
- Fits a little tight unless you get a half size larger
- Goretex kind are hot
Telling you, if you like the look of this shoe but need somthing that is comfortable then don't worry, they are the most comfortable boot I ever had.
I have a tehered spinal cord that causes a lot of foot pain. I have tried at least 50 different brand of shoes over the past 20 years always looking for something to help my feet. I stand on concrete 10 hours a day and my left ankle is crooked, normaly go through 3 pair of boots a year due to the crooked ankle causeing excess wear to the side of left boot.
I have had my Lowas for about 8 months now and they are holding up great, and the rubber that comes up the side of my shoe helps to keep my ankle straight so the shoe doesn't wear out as fast. I just got my 2nd pair of the desert Lowas, first pair were the green GTX. The green ones are a little warm for summer so will wear the desert pair in the heat.
They fit like a sock, my feet actualy feel better with them on rather than off. I did get a size larger so I can add extra shoe soles or inserts to the boot, so i don't know just how comfortable the shoe sole that comes with the boot is cause I have an extra gel soul on top of that.
Normally whatever I get iI buy a size and half larger and put 3 to 4 shoe inserts in each shoe, these are comfortable enough that I got a smaller size and use only 1 extra shoe sole.
Can't say enough good things about this boot. It laces well, but the laces are small and so are the eyelets they go through so I dont think regular laces will fit if these break. I haven't been in much water with my Gortex pair other than walking accross parking lot in rain, but my feet haven't gotten wet. They have great traction and are extremely quiet, if you run on pavement they make no noise at all.
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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.
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With lightweight, supportive midsole frames and waterproof, breathable linings, the Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid hiking boots keep your feet protected from uneven, soggy trails. Gore-Tex(R) liners make these boots waterproof yet breathable, for comfort in a variety of conditions. Polyurethane MONOWRAP(R) frames wrap around your feet to provide lateral stability; integrated polyurethane midsoles deliver amazing shock absorption. Split-grain leather uppers feature durable Cordura(R) nylon panels for enhanced breathability; synthetic mesh linings wick moisture away from your feet, keeping them dry. 3/4-length, stabilizing nylon shanks provide stiffness and support underfoot. Durable rubber outsoles provide sure-footed traction on mixed terrain.
- REI refers to the men's version
The PU Monowrap frame of the Lowa Men's Zephyr GTX Mid TF Hiking Boot gives you a solid and stableyet lightweightplatform for exploring rugged terrain. This three-season version of Lowa's Zephyr Desert Boot also features a Gore-Tex insert that ensures you'll stay dry in rain- or dew-soaked conditions, and a grippy, slightly softer Cross outsole that won't slip on rocky trails.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Lowa Men's Zephyr GTX Mid Boot DECENT FEATURES of the Lowa Men's Zephyr GTX Mid Boot Its more dramatic PU Monowrap frame enables us to use lighter weight materials in the upper A 3/4 length stabilizer makes the boot more flexible Waterproof/breathable The SPECS of the Lowa Men's Zephyr GTX Mid Boot Weight: 1400 g Upper: Split Leather/Cordura Lining: Gore-Tex Footbed: Climate Control Midsole: PU Monowrap Frame Outsole: Lowa Cross Stabilizer: 3/4 Length, Stiff This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Lowa Mens Zephyr Gore-Tex Mid Boot - Closeout - Fast and Light Hiking Performance: Lightweight, supportive, cushioned and stable, these comfortable boots suit the needs of most casual hikers. Ideal for on-trail adventures, over moderate terrain, supporting backpacks up to 25 pounds. Bonus: Zero break-in time! Lightweight, nimble, waterproof trail boot with PU Monowrap technology for surefooted stability. UPPER: Split leather/Cordura. MIDSOLE: PU Monowrap Frame, a new, patented construction technique that allows us to reduce overall boot weight while retaining important lateral stability. LINING: Seamless, waterproof GORE-TEX lining reduces hot spots. A LOWA patented design. OUTSOLE: LOWA Cross. SHANK: 3/4 length nylon. FOOTBED: Climate control footbed with comfort perforations to improve breathability. WIDTH: Medium, men's 'D' width.
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version