142 of 153 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
With a lacing system that is super easy to adjust and Lowa's C4 construction you get one of the best fitting shoes out there. The assymetrical padding and attention to detail allows for a firm fit that feels just right the minute you put them on. The colors to choose from are unique and the green isn't something you especially see offered on a shoe in this category. They're also made in Slovakia which means 95% of Lowa's manufacturing stays in Europe- no China and better wages for there workers. Sounds like a win to me.
I own several pairs of other top quality boots including a few Zamberlans. Since I already have a few bomb proof heavy duty backpacking boots I picked these for light duty; easy trails, moderate climbs and short walks. I found these shoes to be exceptionally comfortable. So comfortable in fact as I'd say they're more Uggs than rugged outdoor footwear as they favor comfort over all out performance. If that's a trade your willing to make, you won't be dissapointed as they still offer excellent support and protection from rain and debris keeping feet dry and safe.
Upper construction is quite good as well. The double stitched leather components hold up with no seperation of stiching and tend to be abrassive resistant on par with most nubuck offerings. The leather also breathes well and feels rather light on your feet. I also appreciate the solid hardware allowing fast and easy lacing.
You soon realize that the Renegades key to success is there blend of comfort and flexibility. It also becomes easily apparent that this is achieved through the use of a very soft, flexible Vibram outsole. This sole allows easy flexing and increased mobility. You'll have no problem keeping pace down trails and over rocks as the range of motion allows quick changes in action- simply put, they don't weight you down much. However, the soft Vibram is a bit of a double edged sword. While the benefits are clearly seen, the downside is a sole that begins to wear long before you'd expect during a shoes life cycle under modest use. Noticable stress to the outside of the sole, pitting and worst of all seperation of the sole from the leather becomes apparent. For whatever reason Lowas choice in glue is just not strong enouph to keep the front of these shoes together. And while the Vibram is soft and increased wear is expected, they just don't live anywhere near close to Lowas claim of 5-7yrs for the average lifespan of a pair of there shoes.
Bottom line is you have a 200 dollar shoe attached to a 30 dollar sole. That's sad because the fit, look and hardware are very good. While I think very highly about Lowa as a company and wouldn't hesitate to buy one of there backpacker boots my advice would be to wait for a sale on these. There is just to many other options for a light hiker that offer similar comfort, more reliability and solid construction at even a lower price. 200 dollars is just out of range for the longevity these shoes show. But if the look and fit are your thing by all means....just don't expect these to last you beyond a season or two.
67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
Out of the box, these were the lightest and most comfortable boots that I had ever owned. I would have rated them five stars. Although they were expensive, I figured that a boot, from a quality company such as Lowa, would justify its cost by lasting three or four years. WRONG!
After a couple of months, my feet started getting wet when it rained. I thought the Gore-Tex had worn through, but the strange thing was that only the soles of my socks were getting wet. Upon closer examination, I found that the Vibram sole was starting to wear through at the heel and mid-feet, exposing the foam mid-sole, and allowing water to enter through the bottom of the boots. It turns out that this Vibram sole is either too thin or too soft to provide any sort of longevity to this boot.
After six months of casual use (about 200 miles of light day hiking), the soles are completely worn through! If the boots had failed because of rough use, I could accept it. I believe that these boots failed because the manufacturer sacrificed durability for comfort. If you can afford to replace your hiking boots every few months, then the Lowa Renegade would be a great boot for you. Unfortunately, I can't!
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
I'm out 2 to 4 times a week birding and trail mountain climbing. Depending on terrain, weather, and miles I'll wear Solomon Gortex trail shoes or Keen Targhee lightweight hiking boots. It was raining the last time I wore my Keens (two years old) and my feet got soaking wet and cold. I decided I had had it with sock type hiking boots and ordered the Lowa Renegade II GTX boots from Amazon, based primarily on waterproof, all-leather, and lightweight characteristics. I was worried about some of the comments about the boot being too narrow. When I put them on, wow, what a comfortable fit! With no breaking in, I wore them on a 6-mile hike up and back a mountain, and everything was perfect - no rubbing, no slipping going downhill, great traction, great support on rough terrain. These boots are so good, I now wear them on easy hikes, where previously, I used my Solomon trail shoes. Note: not appropriate for backpacking over rough trail or mountaineering.
57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2014
These Lowa boots have had the same sole separation others here have experienced. These boots have very little wear on them, and have self-destructed. 90% of this failure happened on one 4 hour outing, and it was getting to the point that the sole was about to fall off. I would have had to pull the soles off in order to walk without tripping on them had I any farther to go. Lowa says this is not warrant-able, and is a normal occurrence with the material they use. I feel that if the boots have a “shelf life” where they fall apart without much use, they should come with a warning to that effect. I'm done with Lowa, and am buying quality USA made boots instead of Chinese made from now on. Sad, but Vasque and others have gone the same way. I have had many pairs of boots over the past 50 years, and none have done this.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
I have worn Lowa Men's Renegade GTXs (with Sole® Softec Casual Insoles) all day every day since about 2006.
I wear them because they are one of the two things that cured my plantar faciitis. (The other cure being bare feet on a tray of ice cubes for 15 to 20 minutes which I only use to eliminate acute pain. And this ice treatment has only been needed when I've abused my feet by walking barefoot on hard surfaces because the Lowas completely eliminate my plantar faciitis pain.)
So, obviously, I think very highly of these boots. And when they become too tattered for "business casual," I get a new pair and relegate the old pair to work boots and relegate my work boots to garden boots. So I always have three pairs of my Lowas on hand. And the business casual pair generally last 12 to 14 months of every day use.
For those of you who also suffer from plantar faciitis:
The sandals that I wear are the Chaco Z1 Vibrams. They're as supportive as the Lowas. I'm even able to run trails in them.
The sandals I wear in the shower (I can't stand on hard surfaces anymore) are the Chaco Hipthong 2 Ecotreads which are also as supportive as the Lowas.
And, my running shoes, they're New Balance MT1110s with the Sole Softec Ultra Insoles.
Finally, since I can never walk barefoot on a hard surface again due to my plantar faciitis, the slippers I've worn in the house, also every day since about 2006, are Finn Comfort Men's Clogs.
Although each of the pieces of footwear I've mentioned here seem to be quite expensive, they last so long and continuously perform so well that I view them as a bargain. For example, I've put over 200 miles on the MT1100s and only replaced them because the fabric was beginning to tear, not because they weren't supporting me properly anymore. And the Finn Comfort Clogs, my house slippers, if I'm in the house, I'm wearing them and I'm still on my first pair since 2006.
Also, when I say I've *cured* my plantar faciitis with the above footwear what I mean is that I have no pain unless I do something known to cause pain like stand on a hard floor and cured also means that I've run 5K's, done a Sprint Triathlon as well as pedaled the entire 200K Horribly Hilly Hundreds bicycle event.
To conclude, however, although Lowa claims that the Renegades are waterproof, I know that that's just a silly marketeer's dream/wish which has never been true of any of the 6 pairs I've owned. My proof involves standing in the water at the bottom of the driveway while busting up and removing the accumulated ice after a snowstorm. But if you want to test this, just take four steps through a puddle that's deep enough to reach the point that's just below the Lowa's laces. And then, of course, wring out your socks. ;-)
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in these boots, 35 consecutive days, averaging about 20(+/-) miles per day, for a total trek of 500 miles (800 kilometres). My journey began in late September 2011 in St Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees mountains and ended in Santiago de Compostela in the Province of Galicia in Northwest Spain on November 3, 2011. The ground we covered was varied, with steep hills (and descents) at times, but often flat to gently rolling terrain overall. The weather was hot in the mesetas (plateaus) of Castille and Leon but it got progressively colder, wetter and windier towards the end of our trip in the province of Galicia as we approached our destination in early November. My Lowa Renegade boots performed very well throughout the entire trek. No blisters, and they kept my feet totally dry in wet-weather conditions and despite the Goretex lining, the boots "breathed" well and did not chafe my feet in warm weather. I hosed off the accumulation of dust from my shoes and took extra care to rinse off the Goretex lining and my insoles with clear water everyday, as fine dust particles can clog up the membrane surface and keep it from "breathing" properly. Surprisingly, after 500 miles, my Vibram outer soles were still in pretty good shape, with visibly lots of rubber thread left, and the leather exterior showed no damage whatsoever. All and all, I am very pleased with my Lowas boots and I am highly recommending these shoes. They are very comfortable and durable and they did perform admirably for me, as advertised!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2015
The boots were very comfortable and seemed to offer adequate ankle support. They were fairly light. I like the lace system. Unfortunately within the first month the upper part of the sole began to separate from the lower part. It didn't seem to get worse and I figured it was just a somewhat annoying appearance issue. After seven months the bottom part of the sole separated further and rendered the boots unusable. I have included a picture of the damaged boots.
I tried to return them to amazon but I couldn't do it through their automated return system. I contacted the manufacturer. They wanted me to ship the boots to them on my dime and wait while they evaluated the boots, they said based on their evaluation they would replace them or give me a discount on a new pair. I contacted amazon again and they agreed to send me a new pair of boots. Thanks Amazon! Five star review for amazon, 2 for the boots. I'll update with how the new pair lasts.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2011
OK. I've been wearing these boots for a couple of months now and am ready to give a serious review. So far, there is not a single negative to report. Seriously comfortable right out of the box, and stay that way. Great support and cloud-like softness. I can tell by the construction that they're built for the long haul and will hold up for years of tough hiking. After walking a hundred miles, your legs might be tired... but your feet will be begging for more. I'm so satisfied that I'm immediately ordering a second pair. Worth the price.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2011
Only after half a year of light use, this pair of nearly $200 shoes began to give me trouble. There is a one-inch-long space between the leather and the sole already. Luckily it didn't happen when I was in the wild, which is what I have planned for.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
The Renegade fits and feels like Ferrari leather, which is the only enviable impression gained. The luster ends when you realize the lacing has a moderate tendency to release from the undersized mid lace hooks before and after tying - making lacing a stubborn and focused endeavor. The rubber along the bottom of the sole near the toe box, needlessly gaps away from the bottom sole as a way to look fashionable; this creates a snagging point, and my thin piece of rubber that gaps away has now become unhinged from the leather. For $220, this engineering flub has negated the value of this boot by at least $100. Perfect boot for $100-120, but astronomically overpriced and under-engineered! I would have chose the Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT for more value, albeit it's a backpacking boot. Lowa does make a fine backpacking boot in the Baffin Pro, which stands in clear contrast to the Renegade in terms of everything and anything that can be compared.