I bought these boots about 3+ years ago, and I can honestly
say it was one of the best outdoor investments I have ever
made. I constantly had issues with getting blisters even
from short hikes in all the other shoes I have tried. These
ones fit perfectly and with added Superfeet insoles I have
managed to hike all across San Diego with not one blister.
They always keep my feet warm even while hiking in the snow
and after I water proofed them I can walk through streams
without an issue. I will continue to always buy these boots
and will recommend them to anyone looking for a good all
around hiking boot.
I bought these this summer, after wearing out my Asolo's.
They were so comfortable, I didn't even know I had hiking
boots on. I always got pain in the ball of my foot at the
end of a hike with the Asolo's, but the Lowa Renegade, I
could forget I still had them on. At the suggestion of REI's
service reps, I ordered two pairs of boots to try, with the
intention of returning both or one, depending on how they
felt after hiking. I never even tried the other ones I
ordered (Vasque) because the Lowa Renegade was so
comfortable. The Vasque's hurt just having them on! Love the
Lowa's. Now I know what it's like to hike for hours and not
have sore feet. Would recommend to anyone to order more than
one pair and try them out. Easy return, as long as you can
get to a store sometime in the next year. Or you can pay the
postage to mail them back.
This is my second pair of Lowa Renegades - my first pair
lasted for years, this year when I needed to replace them I
didn't want to spend $225 so I spent a lot of time looking
at the other offers out there. Based on what I saw, I ended
up with another pair of the Lowa Renegades. They are
comfortable from the first time you wear them, they will go
through mud, snow and water always keeping you feet dry.
After years of wear, they will still look like they did the
day you bought them. The exterior quality is superior. If
you are looking for great quality product that you will get
years of use from, spend the money, you won't regret it!
Gore-tex is missing from bottom of boot (look under the
insoles). I'm sure they rely on the structural integrity of
the boot to keep water out of that area, however: I had a
pair of boots built like this from a different company. The
boots lasted less than a year before both of them started
leaking. No hard trails either; just indoors on carpet (I've
got plantar fasciitis bad and barefoot is heck on my feet)
most of the time. It was a reliable company so I was
surprised to find this same lackadaisical construction
technique in these high-end boots. Furthermore, the
stitching that linked the gore-tex to the whatever-it-was
that was in the very bottom of the boot was only partially
seam-sealed with some sort of silicone-like substance. As
in, it was entirely absent from parts of the seam in both
boots. Does not inspire confidence. Toe box is a little
narrow and I could not adjust the laces to keep a few of my
toes from touching the front of the toe box. I always order
exact same size in any hiking boot, never had to order a
wide or narrow width; this is the first boot where my toes
ever touched anything up front. Stiff in the shank, like it
should be for a boot that costs this much, but it felt like
the sole under the ball and toes was a little thin - so if
you like feeling your terrain, this will probably work for
you. Note also the relatively light weight of this boot -
it's about as stiff as you can get for a boot this light.
Otherwise comfortable. But due to aforementioned issues I
will have to return them.