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Rated2out of5byBirddog812fromLeather splitI just returned my second pair of the Lowa Zephyrs. My first pair I got last May and returned within a month because the leather on the back of the heel split right near the Lowa name. I assumed it was an issue with just that pair so I got another one. Unfortunately the same thing happened again. I think a part of the back heel construction continually hits the soft leather and causes it to fray and eventually split.
If the leather wasn't so bad I would have kept these. I wanted something light that came over the ankle and gave a little bit of stability. These seem to offer all that but just not worth it for me.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated1out of5byGarrapata PetefromBrand new boots coming apart after hiking 35 milesI have loved the Lowa brand for several years now. My Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots - Men's boots would wear out after about 600 miles. The tread would just finally give out and I would begin slipping on the trail. But the rest of the boot was in perfect condition. Although I would also have to replace the laces at least once near the end of the life of the boots. I would just have another pair in stock ready to replace my old boots I was devoted to my boots.
Well somebody changed the fabric color and obviously the stitching with my last purchase. After just 35 miles of hiking, the separating fabric appeared. You can see it just inside of the big toe on the left boot, and fraying threads already in the same spot of the right boot. This is very similar to other product performance reviews of this newly revised product. I'm sorry to say I have to return them and WHAT do I purchase now?
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated5out of5byEsoxfromBest Boots EverI can't believe the reviews I've been reading. I'm on my third pair of the Lowa Zephyr GTX boots. This pair has 800 miles on them and the two previous pairs were retired to yard work after 1500 miles each. I'm in my seventies and retired with a goal to hike at least 1000 miles per year so I log my miles. I hike, backpack, hunt and fish the Rocky Mountains and have been doing this for over 50 years. These are the best boots I've ever used. They are LIGHT, comfortable and contrary to the other reviews I've found them to be durable.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated1out of5byBmichaelCfromGOOD BOOT UNTIL THEY START FALLING APARTI really liked these boots at first. They're probably the most comfortable hiking boots I've every owned. I would have given them 5 stars, but the stitching has seperated in the same two spots on both boots (that's 4 holes total, 2 holes on each boot in identical locations). I have had them for a couple of years, but I only use them for hiking, and I don't believe that they have more then 100 miles on them. I have even cleaned and treated them each fall using the Nikwax products recomended and sold by REI. I paid over $200 for these boots (after tax) and expected them to give me many years of service, but they are garbage after just 100 miles of summer hiking (that's $2.00 per mile!!!).
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated4out of5byD.M.fromGREAT BOOT ON DRY TERRAINI bought these boots in 2012 so the new year's model may be different, but I have had none of the durability issues I see in other reviews. Mine have 600+ miles on fairly rugged trails and have held up incredibly well. The only wear is the tread. I have a very average foot and fit is perfect length, width & volume. As for comfort, the bottom line is my feet feel better after a long hike in these boots than any others I have worn.
My one complaint is traction. On dry terrain they are as sticky as any good boot, but on wet trail they do not perform as well as other boots I have used.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated4out of5byLone RunnerfromGreat mid hikerI bought this boot as a light hiker to go light and stay dry as it's wet now in Pacific NW region. I have found them to be very comfortable and supportive. I have taken them on long day hikes as I like to run long and on my off days I walk long. There has been no issues with durability as I now where them all the time due to it being so comfortable. These are the perfect boot to go light yet have support. I think they dry quickly and I'm considering them for a light multi-day fast pack this summer. I have had other Lowa models and they are all very well made/ long lasting.
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated1out of5byheinekenfromPoor QualityFit well. Wore for (2) two-night backpacking trips and (1) day hike, a total of less than 40 miles. The soft outside shell separated in multiple locations from the rigid outside rubber frame. Looks to be the result of the rigid rubber "triangles" bearing on the soft shell and wearing through. The boots are no longer rigid or suitable for their intended purpose, hiking.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated3out of5bybcvijoshfromcomfortable and stable, but not durableI bought these boots because I had heard they were preferred by US military personnel as replacements for issue boots on deployments to Afghanistan. I am a field biologist, and I have been wearing them in the field in central TX since April. They are comfortable, stable on terrain with loose rocks, and water-resistant. I wore them on 3-6 mile off-trail hikes, 6 days a week, for 4 months. In the last couple of weeks, however, the leather has ripped on both sides of both boots where they flex when I walk. This is a problem. The Gore-tex material is exposed on the left boot, and I discovered today that it is no longer waterproof. Water on tall grass, left from an overnight rain, soaked my foot in minutes. I would say I put well over 200 miles on these before they started to fall apart, but I was expecting more. Central Texas is unforgiving and hard on boots, but I was expecting them to last the season without being destroyed. These are still wearable for short on-trail day hikes, and I expect to use them for this purpose in future, but they are no longer suitable for intensive off-trail use after 4 months. A bit disappointed overall, but they would have been stellar if I hadn't abused them so badly.
Date published: 2013-08-10
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