For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
Updates to Lowa Arco LL Mid
- Lowa introduced the Arco LL Mid as a footgear beefed up for multi-day backpacking trips. Its leather upper protects the foot. It’s also a comfort-focused boot through its leather lining.
- The Lowa Elika is the sole unit featured in this boot. It includes a PU midsole for durable cushioning and a rubber outsole profiled for optimal use outdoors.
Lowa Arco LL Mid size and fit
A mid-cut backpacking boot that fairly runs true to size, the Lowa Arco LL Mid for men comes in standard width and regular sizes. It has a wider forefoot area to accommodate a broader range of foot types. The straightforward lacing closure of this footwear grants a snug fit.
Featuring the brand-patented Elika outsole, this boot for backpacking has a profile that renders grip on virtually all types of terrain. A pronounced heel edge allows braking during steep descents. Lowa can also replace the sole (resole) as necessary, for a cost.
The two-component polyurethane (PU) midsole of this crampon-ready backpacking boot makes each stride comfortable. This material has a high resistance against constant compression, yielding a long-lasting cushioning. The brand also incorporated a Medium Shank to provide support on longer hikes.
The leather-lined Arco LL Mid has a suede upper reinforced with toe and heel caps. It is constructed with minimal seams which creates a protective layer ready to tackle a variety of terrain. Its tongue and collar are padded to render comfort while the combination eyelets secure the foot. A pull tab is attached on the heel to facilitate donning and doffing.
- This boot is compatible with a flexible (strap-on binding) crampon.
- The low-top version of this product is the Arco LL Lo.