Lowa’s Trekking Munro boots
- By John Fenna
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
Part of Lowa’s ‘Trekking’ range, these Munro boots are said to be specifically designed for UK conditions and for the British shape of foot!
A Technical Build
Made from 2.4mm water-repellent Nubuck leather, the Munro uppers are cut from one piece to minimise stitching that can cause pressure points and, as the boots do not have a waterproof breathable membrane lining, to avoid potential opportunities for water ingress through stitch holes.
The lining is made from glove leather rather than a high tech lining (which some folk find a bit warm and sweat-promoting) and is very comfortable. The glove leather is continued up into the padded cuff. Both lining and cuff are perforated as part of the “Climate Control System” allowing good air circulation around the foot, reducing moisture build-up and so helping to keep feet drier and blister-free.
The bellows style padded tongue is asymmetrically padded as part of the “C4 Lacing System” and is shaped for comfort and a natural ankle flex action. There is a stabilising lace hook on the tongue to stop any lateral movement.
The laces run through 4 sets of rust-resistant D-rings and 3 sets of speed hooks, the lowest of which is not only of a “locking” design to allow for different lace tensions over the foot and ankle, but is also set back to pull your foot into the heel, reducing slippage. This locking hook is at a “flex notch” in the lacing “stand” which again helps you maintain a natural ankle movement.
The rear strap also has a flex point, while the toe and heel areas are reinforced for stability and protection.
The outer sole is Vibram MVS sole unit for support and excellent grip, with a PU midsole for cushioning and zones of support and has a 5mm, full-length “soft flex” shank for support and comfort. The join between sole and upper is protected by a rand, with a generous “toe bumper” protecting the front from excess wear, while inside the boot you have a shaped, removable footbed.
On The Hoof…
I have found these boots very comfortable and noticeably less sweaty than waterproof breathable membrane lined boots. Having said that, you do need to ensure that you proof your boots well, especially around the stitching, to ensure your feet stay as dry as possible in wet weather, but there are some excellent proofing products available today!
The materials and construction of these boots are above reproach and the Munros have proved very comfortable, supportive and hard wearing during testing in a variety of weather and underfoot conditions. They were comfortable straight out of the box and have become more comfortable the more I wear them.
An excellent choice for most British conditions, the Lowa Munro Boots come in brown leather in men’s sizes 7-13, while a ladies’ model, made on a female specific last, is available in sizes 3.5 - 9, and cost around £144.95.
A boot that uses both traditional and high tech materials and technologies, the Munro is designed for the UK and should prove very popular as it exemplifies quality and performance at a reasonable price.