Essential stuff about the Lowa Explorer GTX Mid

The need-to-knows

  • The boot’s Gore-Tex membrane and over-the-ankle collar will allow you to wade through creeks and stay in a moderate downpour without getting your feet drenched.
  • Engineered with a more flexible midfoot zone, the Explorer GTX Mid allows for easier, comfier transitions, particularly on flatter surfaces.
  • It has an extra sole element around the heel called DynaPU+ that helps the midsole absorb shock, resulting in safer landings.
  • The lug-less construction of its outsole at the forefoot (reminiscent of approach shoes) provides extra bite on smooth boulders.

The caveats

  • Its ribbon-like eyelets (around the instep) might not be confidence-inspiring for durability purists.
  • The pull loop at its heel might be too small for folks with stouter toes.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid vs. Renegade GTX Mid

With the popularity of hiking boots on a record high, comparisons are inevitable. With that, we will humor you with a head-to-head between the Explorer GTX Mid and the Renegade GTX Mid. Their differences are in the following areas:

Use. The Explorer GTX Mid is a burly-yet-lightweight boot built for multi-day backpacking. Its rival, on the other hand, is designed specifically for everyday trail hikes.

Price. The Renegade GTX Mid is cheaper than the Explorer GTX Mid by about $10.

Weight. In this regard, the competition takes the crown by being lighter than the Lowa Explorer GTX Mid by approximately 40 g.

Takeaway: Your intended adventure is the deciding factor here. Opt for the Explorer GTX Mid if your next trip is an arduous trek spanning several days. Otherwise, mow the trails with the Renegade GTX Mid.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 20.5oz / Women 17.3oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Lowa

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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.