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Lowa Tempest Lo

rated 4 of 5 stars
photo: Lowa Tempest Lo trail shoe

I have been a Lowa Tempest devotee for eight years. I always purchased from REI and seriously wear them every day and they last at least 18 months before the sole begins the wear down. The build quality, workmanship, and most importantly, the comfort is best in class. These shoes are absolutely high quality.

I give 3 stars because I am upset with Lowa for changing this shoe recently. They used to fit a wide footbed and they are now very narrow and fit completely different than they have in 10+ years of my annual purchases. Lowa should have introduced a new model, not butcher a wildly successful design (as an REI salesperson told me, the Tempest sales have fallen and every previous buyer has been as upset as I am).

Lowa, bring back the old design/fit that was absolutely the best shoe I have ever owned!!...I regret not stocking up before the change.

For anyone who likes a narrower fit, like a Nike may just fall in love with the Lowa Tempest shoe.

Use: Day to day and lite trail
Break-in Period: They break in VERY quickly...under 3 days
Price Paid: $100

Excellent shoes! I have worn mine just about every day for 2.5 years now, with heavy daily use in harsh, dirty urban environments, extensive travel, as well as hiking. I just ordered another pair as back-up because I saw them on sale, but I still have several months until I wear the soles down too much.

Fit is extremely comfortable and lightweight - never even notice them. Very sturdy on rough streets or rocky trails. Soles are very durable but slowly and eventually wear down. Original stitching is in great shape - no rips, tears, or loose stitching. Original laces are worn but not fraying.

Leather (nubuck?) and suede are in great shape, even without proper regular cleaning and protection. They are waterproof, especially if properly treated (see Lowa website for good care info and products). Little to no break-in period.

I don't have a single bad thing to say about them. I will be very sad to retire this pair. (I probably have the 2006 or 07 model)

Materials: nubuck, suede, Vibram
Use: rough urban and travel use
Break-in Period: little to none
Weight: 2.2 lbs per pair
Price Paid: $70

I wore these shoes for a thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. I went through two pairs in the 2500 mile hike, with 1700 miles on the second pair and I am still wearing them. They did me across miles and miles of snow, lava fields, mud, rain, and nice duff and didn't fail me. They are comfortable, and fit my "hard to fit" foot nicely. The break in period was minimal. They have the durability of a heavy weight hiking boot and the comfort of a day hiking shoe / trail runner.

My only complaint about the shoe is that the stitching went on the lower strip of toe leather at the bend in my foot. This happened on both pairs within 500 miles. However, I was able to have the shoes restitched by a cobbler for about $5, and neither pair had any other breakdown. Even my laces held for 1700 miles!

A Great shoe. I give them a 4.5 - 4.75.

Materials: Leather
Use: Anything Goes
Break-in Period: couple of days
Price Paid: $80

These are a nice, well constructed trail shoe requiring no break-in period. They are comfortable and do not require a break-in period.


  • Nice construction
  • Solid shoe


  • not for trail running

I used these boots for a 10-mile hike and found them to be immediately comfortable. The sole is very rigid, but on a rocky trail in the Sierras I did not feel a single rock and  found them to grip well on rock slabs.

A good, solid, low cut trail shoe.

Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I would keep these)

I wear these on regular walks, on day hikes with Scout troop or interpreting history for school children in a local park. They are comfortable and fit my slightly wider feet.

I like Lowa. I had a pair of Lowa Alpspitz mountaineering boots that wore out after 30 years of regular service and multiple soles. While the Tempest Lo is a different genre, they are well built like their heavier boots. I bought two pairs of Tempest Lo's in the older color schemes and trade off wearing each pair.

Materials: Leather and cordura
Use: dayhikes and overnights
Break-in Period: none
Weight: under 2 lbs
Price Paid: $50

I was terribly disappointed when Lowa redesigned the last for the Tempest Lo. I've been wearing them for years and combined with SuperFeet they've been wonderful. I went to buy another pair this past week and found the new design to be terrifically painful across the top of my feet just below the toes.

I'd love to find some of the old design to buy up until Lowa makes another, hopefully better, change.

Price Paid: $115

Best trail shoe I've used. Great support, perfect fit, and very durable. Absolutely no blisters from the very first trip onward (3700' hike/climb up Scotchman in Idaho).

I wear a size 14.5 and got the US size 15 (49.5 EU) and they fit *perfect*.

Materials: leather
Use: everything
Break-in Period: none required
Weight: 250 lb
Price Paid: $95

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