Verdict from 2 experts and 77 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The locking cam hooks of Lowa Tibet LL received positive remarks from the majority.
  • An expert stated that its ultra-expensive price was worth it.
  • It required virtually no breaking in, as testified by loads of backpackers.
  • A handful appreciated the quality workmanship of the Tibet LL.
  • It was indeed a supportive mid-cut backpacking boot according to hordes of users.
  • Lots of owners were impressed with its comfort.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expert reviewer was a tad disappointed with the heaviness of the Lowa Tibet LL.
  • A couple of backpackers were displeased with the sole as it tore apart from the rest of the boot too soon.

Bottom line

The Lowa Tibet LL made backpacking on short or long distances easier. Its features gained a lot of compliments from the outdoor community. Likewise, it created a balance between support and comfort which made it worth every penny. To sum up, the Lowa Tibet LL is a good investment as its returns are sure to offset its mishaps.

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Good to know

  • The Tibet LL is designed to deliver stability, comfort and support. It features the Vibram Masai which has a mountaineering tread for grip on most surfaces.
  • The DuraPU with SPS dynamic midsole and Climate Control Footbed provide cushioning and walking comfort. The needed rigidity comes from the hard shank.
  • A number of brand-patented technologies are situated in its leather upper. It has the FlexFit, C4 tongue, X-Lacing and I-Lock to deliver comfort and durability.

The Lowa Tibet LL is a boot catered to male and female backpackers. It fairly runs true to size. It is offered from narrow to wide widths, with the men’s version until 4E - extra wide. The 2-zone lacing and I-Lock (locking cam hooks) allow varying tensions on the forefoot and the shaft. These features, together with the FlexFit, render an improved overall fit.

The crampon-ready Vibram Masai provides traction on trails. It has a self-cleaning tread with large studs to assist in ascents and descents. A Climbing Zone is featured at the toe section for increased uphill sensitivity. With a cemented construction, the sole of this backpacking boot can be replaced (resoled) at a cost.

The Lowa Tibet LL employs the breathable Climate Control Footbed. It is placed above the shock absorbent DuraPU midsole equipped with Supination Pronation Support (SPS) system. This technology includes a TPU insert which encourages a more natural stride. Additionally, a full-length hard shank stabilizes and grants underfoot support.

This leather lined mid-cut backpacking boot is constructed with minimal seams. It features nubuck leather for its upper which gives it a textured finish. The natural advantages of these materials include water-resistance and resilience. A high wall rubber rand surrounds the boot for protection and added durability.

The Tibet LL has the FlexFit technology (includes Flex Zone near the ankle and Lace Loop) which promotes free movement of the ankles. The anatomical C4 tongue with X-lacing enables a comfortable flex while keeping the tongue in place through the use of a stud. Its open and closed hooks, plus roller eyelets, enable quicker closure.

  • The Lowa Tibet LL is compatible with strap-on crampons.
  • The waterproof counterpart of this model is the Lowa Tibet GTX.


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