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by FishcopfromGood, but short-lived; not for heavy useI really liked these boots when I first bought them. They were very comfortable, which is what I look for first when it comes to footwear. I work outdoors and am on my feet most of the day, so durability was also important.
But there were a couple of things I didn't like so much as time went on. First, the traction. They were not that great on any incline that was wet or icy. They were fine on rocks and drier conditions, but otherwise, they were not that great.
Second - and my biggest beef - was the durability (or lack thereof). I bought these boots last spring and they're already shot, with the treads wearing down noticably on the soles. Considering I only wore them through last summer and switched to an insulated boot in the fall, then just broke 'em out a month or so ago, that's pretty sad. Especially for a pair of boots as expensive as these.
If you only plan to wear them for the occasional day hike, then durability may not be a problem for you. For me, I expected them to hold up a lot longer given the price and manufacturer's reputation.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 1out of5
by nogodsfromSize 14 wide more like a 13 regularThe 14 wide is simply not a 14 wide. At best it is a 13 wide, but feels more like a regular 13. Insoles cut down to size 13 fit perfectly with no play. Size 14 insoles have to be forced to fit.
A visual comparison with 14-wides from three other manufacturers is striking - the Lowa is visibly shorter and narrower in the forefoot.
And finally, after wondering if I was mistaken, I found several references about the Lowa Renegade 14-wide on other competitor's websites complaining about them being two short and two narrow.
I don't know if any other size is true to size, but I do know that the Lowa Renegade 14-wide runs smaller than hiking boots made by 3 other manufacturers. If you have been wearing a 14-wide from Merrill or New Balance, the Lowa 14-wide will feel significantly smaller to you.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 1out of5
by 911skibumfromLowa's quality is decliningI have used these boots for rugged day hikes around Vail i.e. Mount Powell, Mount Thomas, Grouse Mountain, etc. I am a Lowa fan having numerous Lowa boots and skiboots in the past. I still have my 1978 Lowa 6 1/2 pound mountaineering boots.
The laces are round and constantly slip even when double wrapping and tying. Thicker and flat laces would have solved this problem. Old boots tied them once and they we good for the entire day.
Boots needed to be waterproofed.
Boots do not fit snug around my ankle and lots of dirt and debris feel in them. I have normal sized ankles and all of my other hiking boots would fit snug. No ankle support.
Vibram soles are soft and do not protect my feet when when walking on rocks. My similiar boots protected my feet.
I believe that my trail running shoes offer better support and protection to my feet than these Lowas. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 2out of5
by Big BonefromTore Up My Feet!I liked how they fit in the store and that they had the wider size for my larger feet. I took these out for 2-3 mile hikes one week apart. The heal has a piece of stiff plastic that tore up my heals both times and in the front above my pinky toe there is a seem that rubs causing blisters there as well. I felt I gave these a fair shot but there are some inherent problems with this shoe.
On a positive note the waterproofing works great and I get good bridge support.
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 2out of5
by treckerfromDelamination problemI think that a recent lot of these boots has a delamination problem. I have had 2 pairs of these boots in the last six months and both have delaminated at various places between the rubber and leather, subjecting them to leakage. The first pair delaminated after 100 miles and 2 months. The second pair delaminated after about 4 months and less than 500 miles. The entire front rubber piece was flapping and caused me to trip when it caught on rocks on several occasions. This is unfortunate, because otherwise the boots were very comfortable and relatively lightweight for a boot with good ankle support. I used them on a 2-week backpacking trip in the Sierra and actually preferred to wear them around camp instead of my camp shoes because they were more comfortable. I hope they fix this problem.
Date published: 2011-08-28
Rated 2out of5
by Mike the Slow OnefromLow quality stitchingBought these for a trip to canyon country. Great traction, breathable. They also work really well for snowshoeing above 25F (haven't tried lower). Only use them for daytrips. Unfortunately, the stitching is coming undone along the sides of both toe caps and soon will make the boots unusable even though there is still plenty of life in the rest of the boot. For the price, they should be much more durable. Lowa used to be a good brand...
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 2out of5
by PMorganfromFor easy trails onlyI have had my Lowa Renegades for only 3 months and have climbed 5 mountains, 2 very short overnight backpacks, and a few very easy day hikes. Probably less than 75 miles. Pros: Decent traction on wet rock, waterproof, no break in, were comfortable on quick short overnight backpacks. Cons: Not good torsional stiffness when sidehilling off trail, already showing wear in a very short time. These are not made for off trail hiking or scrambling. Talus and scree seem to be too much for them. Threads on toes seams breaking on both boots and the rubber on one toe piece starting to separate and peel back already. At this rate they won't last 6 months. Not what I expected for a $220 boot. If all you do are Class 1 and easy Class 2 trails, I suppose they might work for you. However, I am returning them to REI for something sturdier that will hold up to going off trail.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 2out of5
by IshmaelfromOnly 150 milesI am a 71 year old doing an Appalachian Trail through hike. I started in Georgia with Salomon boots from REI. They lasted 830 miles until a seam split and they lost their waterproofing. When I started flip flop going south from Katahdin Maryland REI staff suggested Lowa Renegade GTX might be more durable. Unfortunately after less than 150 miles on the trail through the 100 mile wilderness rubber has started separating from the leather along the toe of the right boot.
Date published: 2014-07-16
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