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Lowa Renegade II GTX Mid Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.8 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: June 13, 2014
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Pros:  Lightweight, cool look, good support for its weight, durable
Cons:  None yet
Best Uses:  Day hiking, backpacking with a lighter pack, BASE jumping
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Lowa
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ August 28, 2013  
Overview
The Renegade is one of our favorite light hiking boots. It stands out for having a rare combination of support and durability in a lightweight package. It also has a really cool look if, like us, you favor simple design without much flash. Check back in a few months to see how the Renegade compared to other boots in our review.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Testing it while wingsuit BASE jumping
I first used the Renegade on a BASE jumping trip in Switzerland. I was wingsuit flying off the North Face of The Eiger and wanted to become the first person to hike and jump it three times in a day. On the third jump, I saw that the last train of the day was already heading up the mountain. I changed my flight plan to land in front of the train. All went according to plan until, on landing, I badly sprained my ankle. I crawled up a slope from my landing spot to the train tracks and was able to get the train to stop, thus saving myself a VERY cold night at 8,000 feet with nothing for warmth but a parachute.

With a very badly sprained ankle, I decided it was time to upgrade from trail running shoes to hiking boots. A few other BASE jumpers with ankle sprains had recommended the Renegade because of its great support considering how light it is. I was able to wear large ankle braces inside the boots and continue jumping after a few days. The boots and braces salvaged my trip.

The Renegade then became my go-to BASE jumping footwear. Rather than wearing giant heavy boots that are a pain to hike in, I began hiking up in the Renegade, inserting ankle braces at the summit, then jumping. That way I got a light boot and good support.

I was the impressed the with the Renegade's durability. The test of any boot is if you can wear out the tread before you blow out the stitching. The Renegade passed the test.

Here is the video showing Swiss BASE and the three Eigers in a day

Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: June 13, 2014
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   Jun 13, 2014 - 03:15pm
GearMonger · Backpacker · Fort Collins CO
These boots are the most comfortable hiking boots I have found. They also cost me around $220. I would be totally fine with that if these boots would last me even one year. They are not durable. Period. I also know others with the same experience. That being said, I returned them and got a second pair because they are just so darn comfortable. That doesn't mean that the second pair lasted a year. It was more like 8 months. Same experience with both pairs. The toe of the sole came separated from the leather. Also, the stitching on each side of the toe completely unraveled. The only reason I would still recommend them is that they are just so dang comfortable. I wish Lowa could resolve their durability issues with this boot, because they are so nice when they are new.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jan 20, 2014 - 03:46am
Audacious · Kayaker · Birmingham, Al
This shoe is a store favorite. It is very versatile and fits a lot of customer needs. Out of the box this shoe is comfortable but not as freshly comfortable as say a Keen, or La Sportiva. However, after several wears it begins to break in and feels excellent. It is a Gor-tex shoe so very waterproof and very breathable. It has a classic, simple, yet cool look that goes good on the trail or with a pair of jeans while you head out around town. These shoes have a wider base as most Keens do, vs more narrow shoes. These shoes will handle casual woods wear and will also be excellent for hiking around the Rockies. They are light for the amount of support and footbed you get. If you want a light, durable hiker these are a great fit. The only down side is I have had one customer come back and return them because the sole was coming unglued from the toe. However, the customer loved the shoes performance so much that he bought the same shoe again. No one else had had any problems with this shoes manufacturing.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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