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 Latok XT
- Lowa’s Latok XT is crafted for vertical ice climbers and low-altitude adventurers alike. It is engineered with Gore-Tex Duratherm, a technology that provides thermal insulation and water protection at the same time.
- The boot’s ultra-stiff sole unit is made up of the DuraPU midsole and the Dolent outsole from Vibram. It comes with the I-Core carbon insert which grants the Latok XT a combination of flexibility and torsional stability. Its toe region is rockered, granting better mobility during toe offs on more level surfaces.
Lowa Latok XT size and fit
A generally true-to-size, high-cut mountaineering footgear for men is the Lowa Latok XT. It comes in a fair number of whole and half sizes in standard width. The inner boot’s speed lacing system and the built-in gaiter’s TIZIP waterproof zipper provide a secure and custom fit.
With its Vibram Dolent outsole, the Lowa Latok XT delivers the right amount of traction over alpine terrain. Its grippy lugs form a geometry that, with every step, sheds debris and other sticky substances (think snow and mud). The design behind it also lends users the capability to reach heights with precise footing.
The Latok XT has been given the DuraPU midsole for underfoot cushioning and ground stability. Its noticeable thickness offers ample protection against the extremeness of the terrain. It is engineered with sturdy heel and toe shelves, making the boot fully compatible with automatic crampons. Also, within its confines is the Hard Winter Shank—a Lowa-exclusive joint that further helps in stabilizing the wearer’s footing all the while providing additional insulation.
Sitting atop the footgear’s cemented board lasting is the Insulate Pro footbed. Besides doubling down on underfoot comfort, it also contributes to the warming capability of the boot and wicks moisture away from the foot.
Housing the foot safe from harsh mountain conditions is the footwear’s fully gaitered upper made chiefly of fabric. It is both insulated and waterproof thanks to the Gore-Tex Duratherm technology. When it comes to abrasion protection, the boot comes with a full-on rubber rand, the rear part of which cups the heel nicely.
The Latok XT’s fit adjustment is done through its quick lacing system. It is made up of fabric loops, metallic hooks, and synthetic laces. The built-in gaiter, on the other hand, wraps everything in with its TIZIP zipper. This special kind of zipper is both waterproof and airtight, protecting the main boot from the elements further.