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Pros: Comes in 11 different color options! lightweight, PU monowrap frame construction, narrow and wide fit options, seamless Gore-Tex lining.
Cons: No arch support, expensive.
Best Uses: Day-hiking, backpacking, just about anything you need a hiking boot for.
The Lowa Renegade wins our Editors' Choice award for being light, comfortable, having the most versatile purchasing options, and some of the most clever features. Its stabilizing monowrap frame and seamless Gore-Tex lining both contribute to the function while keeping it lightweight and making it even more comfortable than it would have been otherwise. It is available in 11 different colors, comes in narrow, wide, and regular widths, and can be purchased with leather lining instead of a waterproof membrane, or in a low-top version. All of these options make it easy to select the perfect boot to suit your needs.
Even though the Renegades classify as a light hiker, they offer such good stability that they can function in the same situations as the mid-weight hikers such as the Scarpa Kailash GTX - Women's or the Asolo Bullet, making them the most versatile in this review. They don't require a break-in period like the even more expensive Asolo TPS 520 GV - Women's, and will outlast either of the Keen day hiking boots.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Renegade is Lowa's best seller, and with good reason. It has a unique support construction called PU Monowrap Frame. This injection molded support reaches up on the sides and reduces the weight while providing extra lateral stability. The boot also includes a full length nylon shank for lightweight support on uneven terrain.
The only form of support lacking is arch support, fitting very flat underfoot. This can be easily remedied with an added footbed such as SuperFeet, which we would recommend adding to any hiker you plan to spend a lot of time wearing.
The Vibram sole provides good traction on trails and cross-country travel.
These are comfortable and well fitting right out of the box. They don't require any break-in, and their light weight makes them easy to hike for miles. They also come in narrow and wide widths, so it is easy to customize your fit for ideal comfort.
On top of its traditionally classic and pleasing design, the women's Renegade comes in 11 different color options, which is more flair than any other hiking boot offers. Forget boring stone or tan! (Unless of course that is what you like.) The Renegade comes in colors like Red, Green, Plum, and Denim. It's not very often that you can make a style statement while wearing hiking boots, and with the Renegade you can choose to be flashy or traditional.
Handmade in Slovakia, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is excellent. The sole does not have any exposed EVA to wear out, and after a decent amount of usage they hardly show any wear.
Lowa has created a patented, seamless method for adding a waterproof lining that reduces hots spots. The Gore-Tex lining is lasted to the boot in order to create a more comfortable, more streamlined fit. This proprietary lining method still offers the same complete waterproof protection that is expected with Gore-Tex products, and the Renegade performed beautifully in our water-resistance test.
The Renegades are best suited to day hiking and short backpacking trips, but they would also perform extremely well on long-distance hikes where you strive for low weight and fast movement.
At $220, the Renegades are not cheap, but that is because you are paying for quality. These boots are an investment. The Vibram sole and Nubuck leather will last far longer than Keens with the exposed EVA soles or some of the other light hikers with fragile mesh on the uppers, making them cheaper in the long run because they will be replaced less frequently.
The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid, $225, is the men's version of this shoe. The Lowa Renegade is also available in newest low cut GTX version, the Renegade III GTX - Women's, $200, and the Renegade III GTX, men's, $200.
— McKenzie Long
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