Just received these new Lowa boots in the mail yesterday.
I took the Lowa Zephyr Hi TF Hiking boot out of the box as is and slipped them on like a pair of bedroom slippers and hiked 3 miles in the forest.
They felt great and I did not have to adjust them at all.
These boots are really lightweight at only 32 ounces and are made for light hiking (carrying a 25 lb pack).
I wear a size 10 in most running shoes and boots and these fit my feet perfect in sizing.
This pair has GoreTex for breathability and keeps out water.
I tested this by walking and splashing my way through a small creek and watched the water roll off these boots. The water did not soak in like I thought it would.
The hi boots are 8 inches high so just a little bit taller than the 6 inch versions.
Overall these boots felt amazing and super comfortable. I will be going back out this afternoon for another ruck/hike and further testing that I will post up here.
Lowa bas been building mountaineering boots for 90 years so they have a large experience base on what works.
Sticky rubber on bottom with softer/ shock
SGPT 6 Month Update
I have been wearing the boots about 3 times a week for walking around town and hiking in the woods. The boots have worn well with no problems with the sole or edge of boot where I have seen others fall apart.
SGPT 2 Year Update
This boot has outpaced my expectations and is still going strong. Despite being caked with mud and no exterior treatment – the boot is still water proof when walking through Florida swamps. Only when I get in deeper water does the boot get wet as water overtops the boot. They are very easy to clean even if they are covered completely with mud. I just pull the foot insoles out and use the water hose and spray them off. Then put them in the garage with a fan on them to dry quickly. I have also washed the foot insoles in the washing machine.
Very satisfied with this boot and would love to own a second pair.
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Question: Coach Brad, a few days ago you sent out an email raving about a certain pair of hiking boots that you said were the most comfortable pair of boots and were great for doing ruck hikes. I was checking them out, but noticed they were gortex boots that would be pretty warm for someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ.
So, I was wondering if you had some other recommendations for a very comfortable pair of boots that would be a better selection for the warm desert climate in Phoenix Arizona?
Thanks– Don P
Answer: Yes; check out the Lowa Zephyr Mid Hiking Boot.
It does not have GoreTex (GTX) so it is not waterproof. But it is water resistant when stepping in streams or wet grass.
But if you are hiking in the desert that may not be so much of an issue as it would if you are hiking in Florida.
I also have a few Special Forces buddies that love them too.