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Lowa Ranger GTX Hiking boot review by Kitchen Guy
I have been wearing Lowa Ranger III GTX Hiking Boot for over 15 years now and love this new pair of Ranger’s.
Break in was hardly any. They give a lot of support. Not too heavy but still great in the backcountry when you need them to hold up.
Not many negatives but the toe box is a little small (I have wide feet).
So I had to bump up a half size from my normal size and that gave me extra room.
I wear thicker socks anyway so it was no big deal. Plus I think it is good to wear boots a little larger as your feet swell when you hike, especially if it is warm out.
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Firstly, the Lowa Uplander GTX Hiking Boot cost about $150 more than the Keens I had and the quality of the product shows.
All seams are very well stitched, no excessive threads and the boot was amazingly comfortable right out of the box, although they are quite stiff in the ankle area due to the almost full leather upper.
The boot itself is built on a last that is fairly narrow. I need a narrow boot and the Lowas are quite a bit more narrow than the Keens I had so it allows me to get a size that is a bit longer and gives my toes a bit more room.
Even with the forefoot being quite stiff in the upper due again to the full leather, the fit keeps the foot from sliding forward on steep descents.
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Video Lowa Uplander Boot Review
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I took the Lowa boots out for a test hike (just 8 1/2 miles) pretty much straight out of the box. The only thing I did was replace the insoles with a pair of moldable “Sole” brand insoles and then headed out.
For a pair of Gore-tex leather boots they were very comfortable in the 90° with 70% humidity day. Feet were not swampy at all.
The boots gave me only MINOR hot spots, top of right heal and side of right small toe. Both very minor and since they were pretty much straight out of the box, I expected more!
The boots are very stable as far as ankle support. They don’t offer the support a true backpacking boot would but they have more support than a combat style boot and way more than a 6 or 8″ light hiker.
The grip was very good from the sole. The compound seems a bit harder than the Lowa Zephyr Mid TF Hiking Boot but softer than a mountain boot.
All around I feel that these will fit the bill for what was looking for: a waterproof, supportive, durable boot for fall and winter hiking, camping and hunting that will last a few years.
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