Lowa Baleno GTX Mid
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I've had this boot for 3 years. I go backpacking 3-4 times a year. My main complaint with it is toe bang: I got a lot of it going down 5000 feet in the Grand Canyon when I first bought them, after a short break-in period. My big toes were badly bruised. Then last week I experienced a similar fate in the Catskills going down 2400 feet.
These boots are well made, the Goretex bootie works fine, and the soles give a secure grip, but I don't think these fit my admittedly low volume (bony) feet. The boots don't offer any stringing options to help keep my feet in the heel cup as I descend a trail, so I'll be shopping for boots again before my next trip.
Too bad, other than this I liked these boots.
Use: wekend backpacks
Break-in Period: minimal
Weight: 3 lbs, 1 oz.
Price Paid: $125
This is by far the most amazing boot I've owned. I had a pair of Asolos prior to purchasing these ones and the comfort level does not even come close. Forget about sore feet or blisters or stinky feet or slipping and sliding. These boots have it all! From a easy day hike to more technical longer treking trips, this boot can do it all!
Price Paid: 70 $cdn
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