Lowa Men’s Renegade II GTX LO Hiking Shoe review and Guide
It was my first time descending the hiking trail of the Colorado foothills and my feet were killing me. I wanted to enjoy the crisp mountain air and marvel at the elks and tundra around me, yet I couldn't stop fidgeting with the ankles of the cheap hiking shoes I had that keep blistering the skin above my heel. My Colorado vacation almost ruined, I decided that the only way fix this problem to toss those old hiking shoes away and buy a new pair.
Finding a new replacement pair of hiking shoes proved daunting later on, as there were too many of options at my disposal to choose from. Luckily, Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX LO lightweight hiking shoes came across my radar and revealed themselves to be an attractive option.
How to Choose Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX LO lightweight hiking shoes
Waterproof Gore-Tex seamless Leather
When communing with nature for any extended period of time, you're going to encounter moisture in some form or another - whether it be rain or crossing a river or stream. The drawbacks of moisture seeping into the lining of your hiking shoes not only can cause added odour and discomfort, it can also hinder your ability to stabilize yourself over rough terrain. This fact makes the Gore-Tex seamless leather exterior with protective overlays that come with the Renegade II GTX LO lightweight hiking shoes even more essential. It allows you to hike in rainy weather and to cross shallow bodies of water without your socks ever getting wet.
Nubuck, PU Monowrap Frame
Using a new patented technique that works to reduce the overall weight of these shoes while still giving you plenty of stability, these hiking shoes giving you both lateral control while hiking without feeling heavy on your feet as you move. So you can walk longer distances due to the increased stability and lighter construction of these shoes.
Aggressively Lugged Vibram Renovo Outsole
The main important feature of any pair of hiking shoes is stability over rough terrain. If your out-sole doesn't have enough gripping power over dirt, rocks and undergrowth, most of the energy you expend while hiking is used for stabilizing your feet underneath you. This always cuts down on the distances you're able to traverse while hiking. The Renegade II GTX LO lightweight hiking shoes come with an aggressively Vibram Renovo lugged out-sole that gives you extra grip and shock absorption on virtually any variety of terrain and stabilize your feet underneath you while in motion. The added flexibility of this out-sole material also translates to longer hiking distances. To those for whom hiking is their primary form of exercise this is vital.
Cushion Footbed with Comfort Perforations
Also, the ability to prevent water from seeping into your shoes is useless if trapped head creates moisture all on it's own. This extra moisture is what often causes odour and makes feet more susceptible to blistering the longer you walk. With these shoes cushioned and perforated footbed, not only are the soles of your feet cushioned from the shock of hiking, but they also have increased breathability to prevent trapped heat creating uncomfortable moisture inside.
- Waterproof leather Seal
- Nubuck PU Monowrap Frame
- Vibram Renovo Lugged Outsole
- Cushioned and perforated Footbed for breathability
- Breathable material
- Supportive arch
- Waterproof leather Gore-Tex construction
- Removable insoles
- Some leather seams may rip if not fitted properly and overused for long periods of time
- Back heel cushion may slip for some if not fitted tightly
- Lack of customer support if shoes break down
- Q1. Are these shoes easy to lace up?
- A1. The metal lacing hardware makes lacing these quicker than normal shoes.
- Q2. Are these shoes good for walking in snow?
- A2. Yes, they can prevent moisture from entering while having good traction over ice and snow.
- Q3. Can they be worn without socks and keep bare feet dry?
- A3. Yes, though your feet may get blisters without the added sock cushion and absorption.
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Though these shoes may not be as seamless and therefore waterproof as advertise, this is often due to them fitting too tightly and causing the seams to weaken over time. Getting these in a size slightly larger than you're used to while still providing a secure fit can prevent this type of wear and tear along with other preventative measures. Store these shoes in a dry, well-ventilated place and not using them for any type of sporting activity that can put too much strain on the seams of the soles and laces. Properly maintained, the Renegade II shoes are highly recommended.