Outdoor Fanatic - Unisex Crew
Lovely shoes, incredibly light but still support my feet fully! Fit accurate to size, and so far at least they are wearing well.
Awesome price for great products. My Tibet boots are the best best I’ve owned and keeping them in top condition is key - the care products do a great job of that.
True to the advertising the products do exactly what they say, boots remain waterproof and still remain breathable. Excellent products
Best boots I've owned
Very happy with your service
Great for tramping plus everyday where, fit well, i am usually 12 UK and these fit very well, highly recommended boot for all occasions.
Excellent walking shoes would buy again if I ever wear them out which I suspect I cant
Really comfortable Great buy
Really good shoes
Fantastic .....just so comfortabl
Couldn't be happier with either the quality of the shoes purchased or the ease and speed with which they were delivered. Thanks heaps!
Best boots I’ve ever owned, instantly comfy and getting better every day
Light and so comfortable, great support and looks good every day :)
Over the past 5 years I've worn out 6 pairs of boots, 3 of them other brands, one a set of LOWA Tibets and 2 pairs of Z-8S GTX. Compared to all these other boots, the comfort, lightweight build and flexibility of the Z-8S was awesome. You're also far more responsive to what is happening underfoot with the added flex of the sole. It's an added bonus how well these boots breath, and if you do get a bit of water in them they dry out very quick. Only downsides is on the real steep South Island slopes the flexible soles are a bit harder work than a full wedge boot and they do seem to wear out a little quicker than a heavier boot such as a Tibet, although thats the trade off for a lightweight build. I don't consider these flaws, just something to keep in mind when choosing the boot you want. To put things into perspective on durability, I do about 35km of walking/week over mud, scree, through riverbeds etc, and these boots lasted roughly 8 months which I'm happy enough with. Any other boot I've worn in the same comfort and weight range would be lucky to last half that in my opinion. Just ordered my third pair of Z-8S GTX and I'm sure when they're gone I'll get a 4th!
There are plenty of different trains of thought when it comes to footwear. Some like heavy and dependable, some are going lighter – to the point of wearing running shoes out into the bush.
The general train of thought, especially with guys working towards lighter and lighter setups and packs, is that you can get away with a lighter boot/shoe as well – but – I personally have found, that as soon as I put a pack on, say with competitions worth of ammo, a days food, spotting scope, tripod, camera gear and more – the notion of a walking around all day in a pair of shoes isn’t that appealing. After the first roll of the ankle on a hillside – even less so.
I wanted a lightweight boot, that still provided me with plenty of lateral (ankle) support when carting a pack, but was light enough that I didn’t feel like I was walking around in a pair of snowshoes all day.
The last pair of walking shoes I had put me off dedicated hiking style shoes with lots of pain. I bought these boots to do the tongiriro crossing. I left it too late and bought them the night before. Paired with some icebreaker socks, and a "she'll be right" attitude, we set out early, and completes over 23km of walking, including the 19.4km, 1868m height, too many stairs, scree slopes, and jagged rocks of the Tongariro Crossing. And while 23km of walking on no training will always hurt a bit, and bearing in mind I didnt break these in. The next morning I am blister and pain free. I could not recommend these boots more. Comfortable, sturdy, and I really like the look. Thank you LOWA!
So a few years back I brought a pair of lowa rangers. Suffering from a lack of time due to having to pay the bills like the most of us I never got to break in my rangers. But after 5 days bush and top hunting in the Deep South of New Zealand the boots turn into my favourites. Now they are buggered and still the most comfortable Boot I’ve owned. Great in the bush hunting red stag, they also preform in tahr country. You want a boot that you can put a stalk on and tackle the tops. Lowa Rangers!
While some boots can perform in a wider set of situations than others, there is simply no one boot for all jobs, particularly down here in the South Island of New Zealand.
I have two favourite boots for the majority of hunting that I do, which is dominated by alpine country. The Lowa Ticam 2 - (Similar to the much-loved Tibet's) and the Alpine Expert.
The Alpine Expert as the name would suggest is a versatile all-around alpine boot. It is insulated and balances flexibility with durability. For an alpine boot, it is relatively lightweight, but maintains features like being automatic crampon-compatible with the inclusion of some insulation for added warmth.
I have been using the Lowa Weisshorn for many years on my winter tahr hunting missions. The Weisshorn is ideal for climbing in alpine terrain, performing at its best the steeper it gets. But while it's fantastic in the steep stuff, as you move lower into mid-alpine terrain, the likes of Ticams and Tibets become the preferred option - and this is certainly the case during the summer.
This cross over point is where the alpine expert is in its prime. It really is a boot that can take on the harshest alpine environment yet has enough flex and articulation to cover ground on the riverbeds before you begin climbing high into the nasty stuff.
These days, when I look at my boot shelf before heading off into the hills I am finding myself more and more selecting the Alpine Expert as my boot of choice.
A great boot which last me at least three years used both for tactical application as well as civi tramping in New Zealand.
Highly recommend the Zephyr mid.
These are the best. I didn't even bother wearing them in first. Purchased them, wore them the next day. I have weak ankles and problems with over pronation and these boots are incredibly supportive and comfortable. They also fit my podiatrist prescribed orthotics. The sole has excellent grip, even on the Kaweka scree slips and the lacing system is great. I will be prchasing another pair for when these ones wear out. I have a pair of Lowa Lady Light GTX and I was very happy with these, until I bought the Mauria GTX. These boots have made my tramping days even more pleasurable, no matter how tough, boggy or wet the tramp is. I highly recommend these boots. Well worth the money spent.
Purchased these approx 2 years ago and they have been the best all purpose boots ever. From hiking in to actual summit days up to 5500m, these boots have been amazing. Comfortable and adaptable, they fit crampons easily and carry over rocky, icy or snowy terrainwith no problems.
Only problem is accessing a new pair in Australia as there appear to be few if any stockists.
Have had the Lowa Tibets GTX now for about six weeks. In that time I have spent ten days hunting and tramping in them and feels like I have worn them for years. From the moment I put them on in the store they were super comfy and have stayed like that each time I have worn them. Spent three days in them doing a trip in the Humbolt Range with a climb of Bold Peak with majority of time spent in the snow and in crampons. They worked a treat, always had toasty warm toes and worked super with the strap on crampons. So far they have lived up to the good reputation I have come to know of the Lowa Tibet, my only regret is I wish I had purchased them many years ago :)
They were a life saver (or at least an ankle-saver) on my last hiking trip
The best all-around boot I have ever worn is the Lowa Weisshorn. I have been lucky enough to try a bunch of boots over the years, including similar models like SCARPA’s Mont Blanc and LaSportiva’s Nepal Extreme, which are both excellent in their own right(s). The Weisshorn, though, walks better than the Nepal and climbs better than the Mont Blanc. The Weisshorn sets a pretty high bar for alpine footwear.
These boots served me well.