Our verdict


Where the trail turns for the worse and your backpack is as loaded as ever, rest easy in the Zephyr GTX Mid. From its cozy, weatherproof confines down to its exemplary support system, this durable shoe is more than ready to do all the dirty work for you. Yes, the Zephyr GTX Mid can work wonders on your treks, especially if you keep to the rugged sections of the trail.


  • Extremely comfortable
  • Incredible ankle support
  • Excellent waterproofing
  • Highly durable
  • Lightweight
  • Feels nimble
  • Astonishing looks


  • Questionable grip

Who should buy the Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid

This Lowa hiking boot is a solid option to consider if you are looking for the following:

  • a versatile 3-season hiking boot
  • high-class waterproofing for wet conditions
  • plenty of support that doesn't compromise comfort or lightness

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid who should buy

German quality

As befits a Lowa hiking boot, the quality and craftsmanship of Zephyr GTX Mid have met the expectations of many hikers. The boot can serve you well over one or two seasons. For reference, Lowa happens to be the only manufacturer of outdoor footwear with an ISO status granted due to their standards.

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid quality

Both the upper and the sole of this hiking boot have stood up to plenty of wear and tear, according to the reviewers. As one of them reports, "the boots have been pressed, pushed, and dragged through the Thai jungle" and ended up with very minimal signs of wear. If there is any damage to the boot, it's primarily cosmetic.

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid durability

Relentless platform

The featured boot’s triangular fencing (a.k.a. PU Monowrap) works in tandem with the shoe’s extra-resilient midsole, which then gives the hikers a secure footing over uneven terrain.

The medium-stiff stabilizer injected in the midsole makes standing on rocky surfaces just as comfortable as standing on level ground.

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid outsole traction

Hikers felt comfortable wearing the boot on both paved surfaces and challenging trails.

Ankle-high waterproofing

The Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid locks moisture out very effectively, as expected from most GTX hiking boots. In addition, the boot has a tongue gusset that walls off wetness, even if you wade through three inches of water. Not to mention how much warmth and comfort is provided by the collar padding.

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid waterproofing

Hikers have tested it in heavy rains, wet ground, mountain streams, and even monsoon-level rainstorms. The boot kept their feet dry and comfortable no matter the weather. At the same time, it hasn't been an oven for the foot either.

Speedy closure

Its ghillie lacing features three pairs of open hooks. It was appreciated by the reviewers as it makes tying the laces from the ankle up a relatively quick affair.

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid lacing

Tough bumper

Accidentally jamming your forefoot on gnarly roots is not going to result in stubbed toes thanks to the boot's highly protective toe bumper.

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid toe bumper

All that support in a relatively light package

Many hikers are pleasantly surprised that the boot doesn't feel heavy and never drags their feet down.

The boot's TF version

This hiker has a sibling in the Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid TF (Task Force), which is a multi-duty boot for urban environments.