Lowa Banff Pro
I used these boots for 3 seasons of high alpine wilderness work. Constant hiking with heavy (40-55lb) packs on terrain which includes dirt trail, degraded granite, duff, lake perimeter surveys, marsh/meadow surveys, and tons of exposed granite cross-country.
I put in approximately 300 work days in the 3 years that mostly were comprised of 8-12 day trips. The boots held up like champs, break-in time was minimal and the boots retained their wateroproof integrity. The fit was great. Never suffered one blister.
Just this last backpacking trip the leather inside the boot on the heel gave way on both boots. I cut it out with meat scissors and upgraded to thicker socks and they are still comfortable. Still waterproof with periodic sno-seal treatments.
I was thinking of buying some Danner lights next just to throw some diversity into life but who am I kidding? I will likely buy another pair of Banffs.
I still use my old ones for walks.
Price Paid: $245
My Banffs wore through the sole. For $85, you can send them to Germany and they will refurbish them for you--new sole, new midsole, new rand, patch, new laces.
Contact lowaboots.com first. They will send you a return authorization. For $85, you can be without your beloved Banffs for 2 months. They will come back looking new.
- Amazing lacing system
I have owned my Banff Pros for four years, and in that time have hiked across Grand Canyon 12 times. Heavy loads, tough terrain, water crossings, nothing bothers them. Finally wore out the soles, and sent them back to Lowa. Can't wait to get them back on my feet.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
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