Verdict from 1 expert and 12 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • According to several users, it was surprisingly light despite its bulky appearance.
  • The waterproofing of the Lowa Arco GTX Mid was effective, based on a few consumer reviews.
  • A couple of satisfied outdoorsmen testified to its breathability.
  • Its comfortable feel was appreciated by a backpacking pro and a handful of hikers.
  • Some pleased owners declared that they would recommend this boot to their friends.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A backpacker stated that the Arco GTX Mid from Lowa runs small.
  • One user was disappointed with its unsatisfactory grip.

Bottom line

The Lowa Arco GTX Mid is a backpacking boot that earned its reputation through its delivery of comfort, breathability, and waterproofness. These commendable features are packed in a lightweight build, which was also received positively. Overall, setting aside a few downsides and considering its plus points, the Lowa Arco GTX Mid still proves to be reliable gear on the trails.

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Good to know

  • The Lowa Arco GTX Mid is crafted to tackle easy to moderate hikes and extended treks on a variety of terrain. Its leather upper lined with a waterproof membrane grants comfort. Its reinforced toe and heel area protect against scrapes.
  • It is equipped with a sole unit which includes a bi-density PU midsole and brand-owned Elika outsole. The former delivers a comfy ride while the latter renders traction on most ground surfaces.

A lightweight hiking boot for men, the Lowa Arco GTX Mid fairly runs true to size. It is offered in narrow (B), standard (D), and wide (2E) widths. Also, it comes in full and half sizes. Its traditional lace-up closure and slingshot heel help achieve a snugger, no-slippage fit.

Thanks to a board-lasted (cemented) sole construction, the Elika outsole of this backpacking boot can be replaced (resoled) at a cost, as necessary. It has a profile that includes multidirectional lugs to render 360-degree traction. Its aggressive heel brake grants braking power, especially on descents to prevent slipping.

To provide a lightweight and long-lasting cushioning, the Arco GTX Mid features the brand's proprietary dual-density DuraPU midsole. It is partnered with a full-length joint called Medium Shank which provides underfoot support, especially when trekking while carrying a light pack. It also comes with Lowa's Climate Control Footbed which promotes breathability through its perforated layer.

This mid-cut backpacking boot has an embossed split leather upper that is created with minimal seams to prevent pressure points. This robust yet flexible material is lined with a waterproof Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate which also offers all-day comfort through its non-insulated construction. 

The toe and heel are protected with TPU abrasion guards. Its lacing hardware, primarily comprised of fabric loops, locks the foot in place while keeping a low weight. The open hooks, on the other hand, permit quicker adjustment. It has a padded tongue and collar which deliver comfort while a pull tab at the heel makes donning and doffing easier.

  • The Lowa Arco silhouette also comes in a low-cut GTX and leather-lined versions.
  • Other backpacking options from the brand: Lowa Camino GTX and Lowa Tibet GTX.
  • The brand changed the name from Lowa Arco GTX Mid to Lowa Ledro GTX Mid.


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