Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Boot

On top of Fay Peak at Mt. Rainier National Park wearing my trusty Lowa boots.

Lowa’s 4 season mountaineering boot is a great boot whether you are climbing Mt. Rainier or scrambling a rock pinnacle.   This all-mountain boot gets the job done and then some.  I have used it for over a year now and been both warm and blister free.  I definitely haven’t gone easy on the boots taking them up Mt. Hood, Mt. Shuksan, Observation rock and even ice climbing.  The insulated primaloft layer reduces the volume in these boots compared to some other boots, so if you have a small ankle or narrow foot (like I do), these boots will fit your foot more snugly so your heal doesn’t move around.  (Another tip is tongue inserts – it’s a black piece of foam that is shaped like the tongue of the boot that you place between the tongue and the laces.  It helps shrink the volume around your ankle even more to prevent any heal slippage which can lead to painful blisters.)

The primaloft insulation also helps keep your foot warm on those cold climbs. The boot has high wall rubber rand, heel truss, and is step-in crampon compatible.  The waterproof gortex helps keep your foot dry from wet weather or conditions.  I’ve tested this many times by forging small creeks with these boots, climbing in classic Northwest torrential downpours and slogging it through the snow.  Without fail the inside of the boot stayed dry.

These boots have time and time again performed incredibly and I am definitely in love with them.  If you are looking for a good mountaineering boot I would recommend taking a look at these boots.

Specs

  • WEIGHT:  Weight per pair (based on 9M) = 3.5lbs
  • UPPER: Durable mountaineering split leather.
  • LINING: Waterproof GORE-TEX® with Primaloft® insulation.
  • MIDSOLE: PU Expert.
  • OUTSOLE: Vibram® Teton, with full-length TPU stabilizing plate for rigidity to secure crampons.
  • FOOTBED: Insulate Pro alu-coated with fleece.
  • SHANK: 6mm nylon/8mm TPU for total support underfoot.
  • CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM: Perforations in the boot’s lining allows air to enter, pumping heat and moisture back out.
  • TONGUE STUD/X-LACING: Patent pending tongue stud allows for better pressure distribution.
  • C4 TONGUE: Anatomically contoured to cradle the foot in comfort.
  • 3D FLEXFIT: More natural ankle flex and heel fit plus improved stability.
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~ by Genevieve Hathaway on March 22, 2010.

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