Who should buy the Lowa Alpine Expert GTX

The Lowa Alpine Expert GTX remains an endearing option for mountaineers, granted the terrain to be explored contains minimal wet trail conditions. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer mountaineering boots that deliver performance for both backpacking pursuits and mountaineering trips.
  • Prefer a mountaineering boot that grants waterproofness and insulation, respectively.
  • Prefer a mountaineering boot that can withstand freezing temperatures while providing surface traction.

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Excellent traction on all types of ground conditions

This outdoor-centric boot from Lowa features a Vibram Alp Trac Ice to keep adventurers stable on treacherous terrain. Its profile is filled with aggressive irregular-shaped lugs, which bite into virtually all types of ground conditions. 

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX outsole

Can withstand frigid temperatures

It is made of a durable rubber compound, which can withstand frigid temperatures. Its front end features a climbing zone for added ascent control. The component’s rearfoot region has ridges, which work with an integrated heel brake to provide grip when going downhill.

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX outsole 1.0

Comfortable and shock-absorbing cushioning

Keeping adventurers balanced on uneven ground is the Lowa Alpine Expert GTX’s DuraPU midsole. It is made of PU foam, a resilient material that grants cushioning, shock absorbency, and energy return. It is paired with a hard nylon joint element, which grants stability and rigidity to the footwear. 

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX midsole

Insulated insole

This Lowa offering also sports an Insulate Pro Alu-Coated footbed with fleece to give extra warmth and underfoot comfort.

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX insole

Excellent arch support

Lowa equipped the Alpine Expert GTX’s midsole with a carbon fiber insert wrapped in PU foam, granting arch support to the wearer. It comes with a shock absorber in the heel section for added comfort and rebound. The midsole’s front and rear zones are designed in such a way that makes crampon attachment possible.

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX arch support


The Lowa Alpine Expert GTX’s upper is made of split leather and microfiber to make it resistant to abrasion. It is lined with a Gore-Tex membrane to prevent water intrusions while maintaining breathability.

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX upper

Excellent upper insulation

A 400g layer of PrimaLoft is embedded into the upper to provide insulation for cold conditions. A rubberized rand wraps around the upper’s base for durability and added protection from trail dangers.

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX upper 3.0

Excellent lacing system by Fit Wing technology

This Lowa alpine boot employs several roller eyelets and a series of closed and open hooks to help the wearer manage its fit. This lacing system is connected to the brand’s patented Fit Wing technology, which supplies ankle articulation. A Slingshot molded counter is found at the rearfoot region for added heel support.

Lowa Alpine Expert GTX laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: 30.7oz
Use: Alpine, Backpacking, Snow
Cut: High cut
Features: Insulated, Lace-to-toe, Single / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.