Who should buy Lowa Ranger III GTX 

The backpacking boot is part of the Ranger line that feature a classic look. If you don't mind its steep pricing, we highly recommend it when:

  • You prefer a full-leather boot.
  • Hikers need protection from wet elements
  • You're going on multi-day adventures
  • You need the protection and support from a mid-cut boot

Lowa Ranger III GTX logo

Updates to the Lowa Ranger III GTX 

  • Compared with the Ranger II GTX, the third-generation Ranger GTX has a slightly slimmer profile, especially around the shaft. That said, this latest Lowa offering is heavier than the previous model. 
  • The boot provides stability and underfoot cushioning thanks to its DuraPU midsole with SBS System. It comes with a stabilizer at medium rigidity for additional balance support.
  • This version is still equipped with a Vibram outsole. This time, however, it is one Vibram Natural instead of its older sibling’s Vibram AppTrail. 
  • Making a welcome return from the old model is the boot’s iconic tongue stud (called X-Lacing system in this version). Its function of securing the tongue in place remains the same as seen in the Ranger II GTX. 

Lowa Ranger III GTX updates

Trek-focused grippy outsole

The Lowa Ranger III GTX promises to help backpackers conquer virtually all sorts of terrain with its grippy Vibram Natural outsole. This trekking-specific, resolable component (meaning, the sole is replaceable), aside from its multi-directional lugs, features aggressively grooved heel and forefoot zones for extra ascent and descent control. In addition to traction, this proprietary outsole also doubles as the boot’s toe bumper.

Lowa Ranger III GTX outsole

Lowa Ranger III GTX's cushioning designed for supinators and pronators

Aimed at maintaining the user’s balance with as much cushioning as possible is the Ranger III GTX’s DuraPU midsole. It is engineered with the SPS System—a technology that sees TPU inserts installed at key points for supination and pronation support.

Lowa Ranger III GTX midsole

Boosting comfort for the user is the Lowa-exclusive Climate Control footbed. It can be trimmed to better suit the user’s cushioning needs.

Lowa Ranger III GTX footbed

Robust upper

Lowa’s Ranger III GTX largely owes its tough looks and durability to its waxed nubuck leather upper. It has a 360-degree rubber rand at its base for scuff and abrasion protection.

Lowa Ranger III GTX leather upper

Its main liner features a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing. Its main defense against intrusive debris, on the other hand, is thanks to its gusseted (C4) tongue.

Lowa Ranger III GTX waterproofing and tongue

Lowa Ranger III GTX's secure lace-up

A fairly straightforward classic lacing system completes the boot’s upper. It consists of synthetic laces, open hooks, roller eyelets, and the X-Lacing system—the tongue’s stud. 

Lowa Ranger III GTX lacing

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 29.9oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Vintage / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Lowa

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.