Traction and Stability8.5 /10
Water Resistance9.0 /10
- Comfort out of box, with extra cushioning around the ankle
- Stable enough for difficult trials
- Available in a range of sizes and widths
- Potential long-term durability issues
- Lacing system not as good as Salomon Quest 4D
Since 1923 Lowa have been producing highly rated, high quality all-round hiking and walking boots. With this kind of history, it may be simple to rest on laurels and reputation. Their Renegade GTX Mid has become their signature boot in recent years and has been described as ‘A classic among multi-functional boots.’ But does it live up to the hype, or have people been blindly following the crowds?
Because Lowa provides the option between narrow, regular and wide fitting boots, they are already at an advantage when it comes to the comfort factor in their boots. Anyone who has struggled with ill-fitting yet otherwise good trekking shoes may just have found their ideal solution here. This is only a factor in how comfortable these boots are however, they feel good right out of the box, good enough to instantly hit the trail in and not taking very long at all for them to feel like your own hiking boots. It has a foam insole yet still has the firmness required for heavy-duty, long-distance hiking and ample ankle support. Lowa has also insulated the shoe very well, making it very suitable for cold weather use, though depending on your preference, it may be a bit too much in very hot weather. The boot overall feels supportive on all kinds of terrain, ensuring its not just your feet taking the brunt of the pain.
The Renegade is ostensibly a mid-weight hiking boot but it undercuts much of the competition at around 1110g per pair. With much of the market moving towards the allure of light hiking shoes, this is a considerable advantage for Lowa. Whilst these aren’t replacements for some of the super lightweight trail runners on the market, for the comfort and stability they provide, such a low weight is a fantastic achievement.
Traction and Stability
The Renegade utilises a Vibram rubber Evo outsole that generally means good non-slip capabilities on all kinds of surfaces. It works just as comfortably gripping on to solid granite as it does biting onto loose gravel because of an excellent tread pattern. However there can be some issues in wet weather, although mud doesn’t cause too many problems for such a well-designed boot, on wet rock some of the traction can be lost. This is something to be wary of for those of you who plan on doing lots of rock climbing especially. This boot cannot be called anything but stable though, Lowa uses their own innovation with the Monowrap construction web. This is integrated into the upper part of the boot, providing protection for the ankle, and in combination with the rubber heel rand, positioned high, provides ample support for all kinds of outdoor activities.
The Renegade’s durability may be its only real weak point. Overall it has used excellent base materials and everything from the leather and Gore-Tex upper part of the boot, to the rubber tread on the sole will last for a long time and many a hard trek. The issue seems to be where the rubber toe cap meets the leather at the top. Other leading boots have a toe cap that goes all the way over the toes, providing the protection against wear that maybe this boot cannot. Its in the combination of the raw materials and the general construction of the boot that maybe these Lowa’s fall down unfortunately.
The name Gore-Tex is pretty much a guarantee that your toes are going to remain dry and in this case the guarantee is, well, guaranteed. The Renegade combine the legendary technology with Nubuck leather to provide ample protection against water all the way up to the ankle. As an added bonus they are very breathable, which in conjunction with the fairly absorbent lining and insole means you’ll keeping your feet as comfortable as possible in such apparatus.
With all the weight of their experience Lowa have produced highly functional, decently attractive and cool hiking boots with the Renegade GTX Mid. The fact that they are so adept as an all-round walking boot has meant they are extremely popular in the outdoor market, selling fantastically with overall very good reviews. The only possible black spot on the horizon for your future with them is potentially in the long-term, if you want to put them through the ringer, climbing mountains and living in the wilderness then consider a more durable alternative. If leisurely hikes around the local trails are more your thing you’ll not do too much better than these.
|Upper Material||Nubuck leather
|Footbed||Climate control textile|
|Midsole||Injected PU Monowrap Frame|
|Sole Material||Vibram EVO|
|Closure||Derby style lace up|
|Claimed Weight (per pair)||1.11kg|