Lowa Hunter GTX Evo Extreme Boots
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
I’m very fond of Lowa footwear, having owned a pair since 2004. From memory, they cost me around £150 and have served me well for 12-years! I have used them for everything, including dog walking, working on a farm and of course shooting. I will also be the first to admit that I didn’t look after them particularly well either, and like all things, they have come to an end. So it was not a hard decision in terms of a replacement – a pair of Lowa Hunter GTX Evo Hunters, and as I discovered, the right choice!
When selecting a boot, weight does come into it, so be aware that these are reasonably heavy, as my size 11.5 weighed in at roughly 2.5kg each. As can be expected it all depends on how much support you want, the thickness of the sole and the dimensions etc. I like decent support around my ankles, as well as enough height that I can traverse wet ground comfortably. The uppers are constructed of water repellent nubuck leather, which includes a Gore-Tex lining with Primaloft insulation technology. The combination of these materials are designed to dry quickly, be breathable, retain warmth even when wet, be thermally efficient and to have excellent compressional recovery! Using the latest materials, Lowa have made a boot that will keep your feet warm and dry and comfortable as efficiently as possible. The construction of the upper includes C4 tongue, which is anatomically designed to maximise comfort. Included on the tongue is part of the new X lacing system, which works in conjunction with the alloy loops to distribute the pressure from the laces evenly. They have also incorporated some locking loops on the lower area, so you can keep the laces at a fixed pressure and making things easier; all part of a 2-zone lacing system and very clever indeed!
At the bottom of the boot, we find a Vibram sole including a nylon stabiliser with an aggressive tread pattern to maximise grip and stability on difficult ground. The build is complimented by a very significant rubber rand helping to make the boot watertight.
As you can imagine, the insole is designed with maximum comfort and support in mind as well as also being removable/ replaceable. Unsurprisingly, all these design features and modern materials combined with the almost 100-years of experience makes for a very good pair of hunting boots.
However, I would say that they lean towards use in cooler weather, as on a warm day my feet did get quite hot but I have been told a better sock choice could help with this.
When looking for a pair, make sure you get the Evos, which are the latest version. With prices around the £240 mark, they are not cheap but to be honest, if I get 12-years out of them I will be very happy! The manufacturers offer a full range of products at various prices, so check them out as well. Try on a pair- you won’t be disappointed.
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