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Rated4out of5byStrunky the MonkeyfromFavorite Boots but didn't' lastAfter trying Dozens of boots over many years, I found a boot with normal boot volume but a wide toe box. I broke these in on a 45 mile, 4 day hike and besides tender feet from stiff new boots, they were awesome. I put in a couple more 50+ mile hikes on them and they stayed comfortable throughout steep off trail hiking as well as long days of hard packed flat trail. Best boot I've worn in ten years of heavily using over a dozen different boots. Sadly, not long after having them the toe rand on both boots started to peel away from the boot as much as a half an inch in spots. I kept using them and the separation slowed significantly but too major for only 6 months of use. I loved them so much that I got another Lowa with the same fit to replace them.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated5out of5byJardon ZartenfromExcellent BootsExcellent sturdy boots. Not much more to add to others' comments. I really like the 1-way shoelace tighteners, and the high quality ridgid contruction that I feel boosts my hiking endurance.
My only complaint was with the insoles that came with these boots. I thought that the gel insoles that came with these were too thin, but more to the point, they really hurt my feet despite having good socks. It felt like I was walking barefoot on rocks after a few hours. I have since switched them out with Danner's Fatigue Fighter Footbeds (spongy polyurethane) and now I can go all day in these with only minor, post-hike foot aches (which is normal for me after a long hike).
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated5out of5by30yearscoutfromBet Boot Ever OwnedAfter recent struggles with several pairs of boots, I have finally come up with a big winner. Foot support is necessary for me due to an ankle injury that tore all three of the major ligaments in my right ankle. I have had difficulty finding a boot that stays comfortable day in and day out, and still provides sufficient ankle support. I also fractured my pelvis from a fall in 2007, and now battle advanced spinal disc degeneration and a torn disc at L5-S1. I have strengthened my ankles, used lightweight boots & trail runners, lightened my load, but have still had something missing. Sometimes it just takes a nice pair of boots that fit right to bring a system together.
The Lowa Ticam is a pretty standard boot when it comes to construction. Being a backpacking boot, it weighs in at a robust 4lbs. It is made from large panels of leather with a synthetic upper. The inner liner of the boot is also synthetic, which I prefer over leather. There is ample room in the toe-box, which seems to be one of the more common problems I find in a boot. The rand wraps almost entirely around the boot, however does not around the middle-outside area. There are toe and heel caps to help with durability, as is the boot's nylon shank. The Vibram sole is aggressive, has wide lugs, and has a very noticeable angled cut at the front of the heel for braking downhill. Some 'bells and whistles' are actually very well designed additions that greatly increase the quality of the boot. The lacing system has a lace stud in the tongue, locks at the top of the forefoot, and has a crazy ball-bearing system instead of standard eyelets. They may help with adjustment, and prolong shoelace life, but are most definitely crud-catchers. This is probably my least favorite 'whistle'.
This boot fits extremely well, most notably when braking down steep descents. I have not noticed any excessive movement, whether the boots are laced more loosely, or when I have them cranked down. The ankle support is really amazing, which is a must have for me (I'm prone to rolling my ankle). Any substantial lateral movement forces the wearer to pick up their heel, rather than flexing the ankle greatly. I purchased the Ticam size 10.5, when I typically wear a size 10. I have a pretty narrow foot, along with a high arch. I must say that the stock insoles do not work for me, they would probably be fine for someone with more of a flat foot. I replaced them with SuperFeet size 'E' green insoles (9.5-11), and they are about the identical size as the stock liners. I did find that my older pair of SF liners moved around a bit because they had been slightly trimmed to fit my last pair of boots. I have also found that I just can't get comfortable using my SF orange insoles; perhaps the thicker liner in the forefoot is my concern.
There are many factors that need to be noted that are responsible for such a good fit. The lacing system begins fairly close to the toe, and allows to the wearer to torque/tighten where needed. An added feature I have never seen before in a boot is Lowa's I-Lock system, which really (REALLY) holds the adjustment of the laces prior to the quick-lace hooks. On the tongue in between the second and third set of quick-lace hooks is a stud that is a stud for cross-lacing. I have found the addition of this stud to really allow for a customized fit.
Break-in has been pretty kind to me. My ankles were pretty beat up wearing them around the house for several hours, but after about 10-15 hours at home, these Lowa's were ready to hit the trail. Lowa advertises its 'Flex-Fit' technology, which effectively allows just enough flexibility in the mid-sole and forefoot.
I have found consistent comfort when wearing different types of socks. From merino wool blend light-hikers, heavier trekking style socks, combinations with polypropylene & merino wool liners, and two pairs of socks in cold weather, all fit like a true winner.
The Lowa Ticam has (so far) proven to be a waterproof boot. My last pair of boots (Kayland Vertigo) had an eVent membrane, and I can't really tell a difference in overall breathability between the two. I am fortunate that my feet don't sweat excessively, and also don't overheat. I certainly cannot speak for someone that has these concerns, but heat & sweat haven't bothered me so far. The lining of the boot is perforated to allow air exchange, and help the membrane transfer moisture. I will need to update this review in regards to heat, as I didn't get these boots until after summer had passed. Low temperatures, snow and rain have proven this boot to be comfortable in these conditions.
The boot has a polyurethane midsole, and what Lowa calls an SPS dynamic midsole, the same design as the Lowa Tibet, a favorite for many people over the years. One of the things that this boot that I found attractive is the design of the Vibram Masai sole. It is most definitely on the soft side, which is a giant plus for me. It has proven to be sticky on wet, mossy rocks & in colder weather. The design has open lugs, which helps to aid keeping the tread clear of mud & other stuff. Once again, I will have to update the review to speak about the sole's durability. I understand that a $350 boot should last, but that's what replacement soles are for. I am fully convinced that with proper care, these boots will last through several pairs of replacement soles (I will have to make sure to buy several pairs of soles at the first replacement).
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated4out of5bydesert roadrunnerfromgreat bootsI day hike over rugged trails and steep inclines about once a week during spring through fall. These are my second pair of Lowa boots, my first being Renegades which I still love for day hikes and weekends. This model has more support and stoutness which I like for off trail and long backpacks which I take every summer. The extra strength adds weight though for this type of boot I think they are pretty light.
My first hike with these boots was 17 mi 4800ft ele gain in and loss day hike with lots of loose, angular rocks on the trail. I had no blisters or sore spots. The soles are so hard sharp rocks are not felt yet there is plenty of padding for your foot. The laces are easily adjustable and go down to the toe so you can adjust them in just about any you want including snugging up width. They also have great ankle support, they make you feel like you can walk over anything
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated5out of5byFelix1fromFantastic hiking bootThis is the finest high-end hiking boot I've owned in over 30 years of hiking and backpacking!
I waited to write comments until I wore the boots in really rainy and muddy conditions. Result: No water leaks and better-than-normal traction on wet rocks. Breathability is what I expected in a pro boot...no complaints.
Mud doesn't clean out of the soles as well as other boots I've worn...it's an unusual Vibram tread design which isn't as open in the center as competing boots. So it's a trade-off...better dry- and wet-weather traction on rocks and gravel but more prone to mud clings on tough trails.
Lacing system is first rate, to include a two-zone system (i-Lock) without having to resort to tying knots around the eyelets to separate the lower-foot zone from the upper-foot/ankle zone.
Amazingly, break-in was completed within 20 - 25 miles. I've never had a severe conditions backpacking boot break in so quickly. In fact, these Ticams felt good right out of the box but they wouldn't have passed muster on rocky trails with a heavy pack before wearing in the footbed.
Boot weight is less than expected for a superb, harsh conditions/heavy pack boot. Make no mistake, this is not the boot weight you'll see in a synthetic material day hiker. This is a serious boot for seriously-experienced hikers and packers.
Boot width is a tad wider than 'normal' but it's perfect when wearing SmartWool Hikers with silk liner socks. Boot length is spot on...true to size. Plenty of room in the toe-box area.
Bottom line, this is a top-tier boot for experienced packers and hikers. Best I've owned although I haven't had them long enough to assess their long-term durability.
Date published: 2013-03-23
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