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. 

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. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: 33.8oz
Base model: Lowa Tibet GTX
Use: Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Paul Ronto
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.