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If you are looking for a lightweight all terrain walking boot then the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid walking boots are just what you need. Find out what I thought.
Everyone should own a pair of walking boots. You might think you only need walking boots if you are planning on walking a long trail. This couldn’t be more wrong.
Walking boots are useful in so many circumstances. Walking the dog on a wet day on a muddy trail, taking a stroll on a country path or when there is a lot of snow. They keep your feet warm and dry and offer support for your foot.
I have had a pair of walking boots for many years, I even walked part of the Pennine Way when I was younger. I was happy to be asked to try a pair of Lowa Renegade GTX Mid walking boots to see what I thought.
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Walking Boots Review
Walking is a great way to get exercise and having decent walking boots will help you make a start. Why not start off with short trails exploring your local area. You never know it might inspire you to make a longer journey.
Whatever length of walk you go on it is important that your walking boots fit well. There is nothing worse than ending up with blisters.
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Lowa describe these boots as being suitable for wide variety of needs and the perfect shape for a woman’s foot. They are also their best selling boots. I was looking forward to putting them through their paces.
Are the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Walking Boots a good fit?
When you buy hiking boots it is important to get a good fit. The Lowa Regenade boots come in a good range of sizes including half sizes. This is important as often you need thicker socks with hiking boots. They are also available in a narrow fit or wider fit.
I was pleasantly surprised by the range of different colours you can get. As well as the standard black and brown there are more unusual colours like green or black with green laces. This allows you to choose something that makes a more of a statement when you are out walking.
The boots came quickly and the fit was true to size. I have wide feet but found the boots comfortable and they did not rub. They look stylish as well.
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What are the Lowa Renegade boots made from?
The upper of the boots is nubuck leather. This is full grain leather that has been buffed down making it more flexible. The GORE-TEX lining acts to keep the boot waterproof and the non-slip Vibram rubber sole helps to keep you stable on a range of terrain.
I found these boots to be very light weight – they are 880g. This is comparison to my old hiking boots which are out of the stone age and very heavy. They are mid weight boots and comparable to others of this weight.
Comfort and Stability
Before taking hiking boots on a long walk it is normal to break them in. I didn’t bother and decided to go straight for a longish walk along the start of Hadrian’s Way. The boots were really comfortable from the start.
They feel solid and flexible with enough support for the foot that it does not feel restricted. The soles offer protection from the trail and give plenty of grip. The laces stay in place solidly and at the end of the walk I was still happy wearing the boots. Normally after a long walk I would want to change my footwear quickly.
Putting the boots through their paces
To test the boots I set out on a long walk along Hadrian’s Way. I began at the end of Hadrian’s Wall path in Wallsend, the location of Segedunum Roman Fort.
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The path is more of a cycleway leading you alongside the River Tyne past the shipyards. There are a number of steep hills and inclines and a set of very slippery stairs. These really tested the anti-slip soles which did the job admirably. The sole also works well at cushioning your feet from the trail.
The boots held my feet well with little movement. This is good as my feet were not slipping around inside the boot and they felt comfortable along the way. I was able to wear these straight out of the box and go for a long walk with no discomfort which is a bit plus.
There were no streams and it was a nice day so I did not get to test out the waterproofing. The boots performed well over a variety of terrain.
Overall I found these boots easy to wear and good for my feet. I am looking forward to trying them out on longer walks in the near future.
What are your favourite walking trails? Let me know below.