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95 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | Guns & Tech

    I feel as if I can go anywhere, on any terrain with this shoe.

  • 92 / 100 | Smarter Travel

    The Arco GTX Lo shoes for men are a great travel choice for anyone planning both active and urban pursuits and who wants style and comfort.

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Updates to Lowa Arco GTX Lo

  • The Arco GTX Lo is made lightweight thanks to its slingshot heel design and strap lacing. Its leather upper is imbued with a Gore-Tex liner for water protection.
  • The shoe comes with a medium stabilizer, DuraPU midsole, and Lowa Elika outsole. Together, they work to keep the user’s footing steady and secure over unpredictable terrain. The midsole and outsole as a unit give the shoe a rockered toe which makes toe-offs as fluid as possible.

Lowa Arco GTX Lo size and fit

Lowa’s Arco GTX Lo is a below-the-ankle hiking shoe targeted at the male crowd. It generally runs true to size. It is offered in a range of half and whole sizes in D – standard width. Its classic lacing system offers a straightforward approach to achieving a secure lockdown, while its heel pull tab makes on and off a fairly speedy affair.


With its Lowa Elika outsole, the Arco GTX Lo is capable of producing traction whether over rugged terrain or developed surfaces. It has ample softness that contributes to the overall cushioning of the shoe and promotes walking comfort. Its lugs are specially configured to improve transitions. Its front tip slightly encroaches the upper, serving as a protective toe shield. 


On the cushioning and underfoot protection front, Lowa engineers gave the Arco GTX Lo a dual-density DuraPU midsole. Its noticeably hefty heel zone gives wearers adequate shock absorption. 

Offering further comfort outside the main midsole unit is the Climate Control Footbed. Its textured surface and cupped heel provide slippage prevention and additional support, respectively. 


Lowa’s Arco GTX Lo wraps the foot in a split-grain leather upper. It is both breathable and waterproof thanks to the Gore-Tex technology imbued within its main bootie. It has heel and toe guards made of TPU (or thermoplastic polyurethane) for scuff and abrasion protection. 

Giving wearers the kind of fit they need is the shoe’s lacing system. It features a combination of metallic open hooks, fabric loops, and synthetic laces.