Updates to 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. 

Size and fit

A fairly true-to-size, mid-cut backpacking boot for men is the Lowa Ranger III GTX. It comes in widths D – standard and 2E – wide. Its sizing options are quite decent, having a range of whole and half sizes. Getting a secure lockdown is through the boot’s lacing system. It is designed to allow for two separate tension settings—one for the instep zone and another for the shaft. 

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. 

Midsole

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

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. 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. 

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. 

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Paul Ronto

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.