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.
Good to know
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.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Updates to Lowa Trekker
- The Trekker from Lowa is designed to withstand demanding outdoor conditions on backpacking trips or extended treks with a midweight load. It has a protective nubuck upper. A chrome-free leather lining helps maintain the desired temperature inside the boot. Its auxiliary components include a full rubber rand which amplifies durability, C4 tongue which enhances comfort, and X-lacing system which prevents hot spots.
- This mid-cut boot for backpacking features the brand-owned DuraPU midsole for cushioning. It still carries the Supination Pronation Support (SPS) system to keep a comfortable stride. Improved comfort and support come from the Balance Comfort Footbed and Hard Shank, respectively.
- The Lowa Trekker previously employs the Vibram Tactis DST. The revamped boot now carries the Vibram Natural outsole for a grippy ride. This gear has a cemented sole construction which allows resoling (sole replacement) for a cost.
Lowa Trekker size and fit
The Lowa Trekker is a men’s-only, mid-cut backpacking boot. It comes in whole and half sizes. It is offered in narrow (B), standard (D) and wide (2E) widths. This product generally runs true to size.
The boot has a 2-zone lacing system. It helps create individualized tensions at the forefoot and the shaft for a snug fit.
The Trekker from Lowa wears the Vibram Natural outsole. Its aggressive lug pattern allows the boot to bite on most types of terrain. The boot has a self-cleaning design that helps maintain surface grip. Its toe and heel areas have a distinct profile which optimizes performance on ascents and descents.
This backpacking boot comes with the DuraPU midsole. It grants shock absorption, rebound and long-lasting cushioning on the trails. The Supination Pronation Support (SPS) system, on the other hand, promotes walking comfort by allowing the foot to move naturally. A Hard Shank is added to yield support while carrying a pack. The brand’s designers also incorporated a Balance Comfort Footbed underfoot. It wicks away moisture to enhance comfort.
The Lowa Trekker uses nubuck leather for its upper. This resilient material gives the boot a textured finish and also provides a decent amount of water resistance. It has a chrome-free leather lining which promotes comfort. The perforations visible at the collar and near the ankle area allows moisture to escape for a cool and fresh in-shoe feel. Additionally, the rubber rand which wraps the base of the boot amplifies its durability and protection against rock-strewn trails.
This mid-cut backpacking boot sports an anatomically shaped C4 tongue. It has an asymmetrical padding which optimizes foot comfort. Also, it allows the foot to flex naturally through the notches placed on its interior and exterior areas.
The Trekker employs the X-lacing technology which features a tongue stud. It helps maintain the position of the tongue, both vertically and horizontally. This mechanism also aids in distributing pressure evenly for the prevention of hot spots. Lastly, its lacing hardware includes roller eyelets and open and closed hooks.
- According to Lowa, leather lined boots should be thoroughly dry before using them. The lining tends to tear as it becomes soft after absorbing too much moisture. If using the boot for a consecutive number of days, the brand recommends wiping the heel pocket with Lowa Waterstop or any similar product. This method can minimize absorption of moisture, thus preventing the lining from tearing.