Who should buy the Lowa Explorer GTX Mid

The Lowa Explorer GTX Mid is a durable, comfortable and waterproof hiking shoe highly recommended for:

  • backpacking and recreational hiking on rocky trails and uneven terrains
  • arduous trekking adventures spanning several days

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Effective waterproofing

The boot’s Gore-Tex membrane and over-the-ankle collar lets you wade through creeks and stay in a moderate downpour without getting your feet drenched.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid Effective waterproofing

Engineered with a more flexible midfoot zone, the Explorer GTX Mid allows for easier, comfier transitions, particularly on flatter surfaces.

Explorer GTX Mid absorbs shock impact

It has an extra sole element around the heel called DynaPU+ that helps the midsole absorb shock, resulting in safer landings.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid absorbs shock impact

The lug-less construction of its outsole at the forefoot (reminiscent of approach shoes) provides extra bite on smooth boulders.

Doubtful durability of the ribbon-like eyelets

The caveats: Its ribbon-like eyelets (around the instep) might not be confidence-inspiring for durability purists.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid Doubtful durability of the ribbon-like eyelets

The pull loop at its heel might be too small for folks with stouter toes.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid vs. Renegade GTX Mid

With the popularity of hiking boots at a record high, comparisons are inevitable. With that, we will humor you with a head-to-head between the Explorer GTX Mid and the Renegade GTX Mid. Their differences are in the following areas:

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid Lowa Explorer GTX Mid vs. Renegade GTX Mid

Use. The Explorer GTX Mid is a burly-yet-lightweight boot built for multi-day backpacking. Its rival, on the other hand, is designed specifically for everyday trail hikes.

Price. The Renegade GTX Mid is cheaper than the Explorer GTX Mid by about $10.

Weight. In this regard, the competition takes the crown by being lighter than the Lowa Explorer GTX Mid by approximately 40 g.

Solid performance on multi-day arduous treks

Your intended adventure is the deciding factor here. Opt for the Explorer GTX Mid if your next trip is an arduous trek spanning several days.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid Solid performance on multi-day arduous treks

Otherwise, mow the trails with the Renegade GTX Mid.

Insufficient ventilation

This backpacking boot could be more breathable, based on a report.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid Insufficient ventilation

Moreover, an experienced female hiker finds the Explorer GTX Mid’s toe box too restrictive, especially the women’s version.

Instant comfort from day one

When it comes to the level of comfort, experts agree that the Lowa Explorer GTX Mid is mighty plush right from the get-go.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid Instant comfort from day one

Based on numerous reviews, this trekking boot is satisfyingly lightweight. Its surface adherence is quite amazing, according to several owners.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid is built to last a long time 

A professional tester swears by how the Explorer GTX Mid’s provides stability and surefootedness on particularly rugged terrain.

Lowa Explorer GTX Mid built to last a long time 

Its durability is incredible, about a handful of backpackers claim. With GORE-TEX waterproof breathable membrane integrated into it, this Lowa boot is waterproof through and through, says a critic.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 20.5oz / Women 17.3oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Resoleable, Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Lowa

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.