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.
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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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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97 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
I would be happy to count myself among the long list of outdoor writers and retail companies who are proud to sing LOWA’s praises for this great boot.
These boots required no break-in time and provided outstanding comfort whether I was going uphill or downhill.
They’re carefully designed for steep angles, long miles, and sharp rock [sic].
Updates to Lowa Tibet GTX Hi
- The Lowa Tibet GTX Hi is built for extra support with its higher-than-usual ankle collar. Its nubuck leather upper has a high-wall rubber rand for abrasion protection and Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing. It has enough stiffness to be compatible with strap-on crampons.
- It features the special lacing system called FlexFit. This tech promotes ankle movement with its flexible, ankle-hugging pair of lace loops.
- Working for the user’s stability and cushioning on rugged terrain is the boot’s DuraPU midsole with SPS System. The gear also has a hard stabilizer to contribute to the midsole’s overall stabilizing capability.
- This gear has a C4 tongue. This specially designed tongue is anatomically contoured to aid users during flex maneuvers. Its engineering also reduces the boot’s break-in time.
Lowa Tibet GTX Hi size and fit
A fairly true-to-size, high-cut backpacking boot built for men is the Lowa Tibet GTX Hi. It is offered in standard width in full and half sizes. Its lace-up closure gives users the ability to set their desired fit in two zones (instep and collar zones), thanks largely to the additional hardware called I-Lock. In terms of comfort in-shoe fit, the boot comes with amply padded collar and tongue linings.
The Lowa Tibet GTX Hi gives backpackers the amount of traction they need over tricky surfaces with the Vibram Masai outsole. Its aggressively shaped, self-cleaning lugs offer multi-directional grip. Over at the outsole’s forefoot region is the Climbing Zone. This feature provides a level of assistance when negotiating steep ascents.
Simultaneously offering shock absorption, stability, and ground protection is the Tibet GTX Hi’s DuraPU midsole. It is engineered with the SPS technology which sees TPU inserts embedded in the midsole unit for overpronation and supination prevention.
Support and extra cushioning underfoot come by means of the boot’s Climate Control Footbed. This removable insole, which sits atop a lasting board with a cemented sole, may be trimmed to the user’s desired fit.
Nubuck leather is the primary covering of the Lowa Tibet GTX Hi. Its base is protected from abrasions and scuffs with a full-on rubber rand. Its main bootie is imbued with a Gore-Tex membrane, offering ample breathability on the inside and water protection on the outside.
On the foot-lockdown front, the Tibet GTX Hi makes use of synthetic laces and metallic hooks and loops. Two of the closed loops (around the instep) have ball bearings, allowing wearers to lace up with relative ease. There is also a stud on the C4 tongue which distributes lace pressure evenly across the foot.