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Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's Review

   
Editors' Choice Award

Hiking Boots - Women's

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Overall avg rating 3.5 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: May 24, 2014
Street Price:   Varies from $220 - $250 | Compare prices at 4 resellers
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.
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Manufacturer:   Lowa
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ June 27, 2012  
Overview
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

Support
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.

Traction
The Vibram sole provides good traction on trails and cross-country travel.

Comfort
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.

Style
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.

Durability
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.

Water Resistance/Breathability
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.

Best Application
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.

Value
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.

Other Versions
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid, $225.
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's, $225.
Lowa Renegade II Lo, Low cut, $225.
Lowa Renegade II Lo - Women's, Low cut, $200.
Lowa Renegade LL Mid - Men's, $225.
Lowa Renegade LL Mid - Women's, $225.
Lowa Renegade II GTX, Low cut, $210.
Lowa Renegade II GTX - Women's, Low Cut, $200.
Lowa Renegade III GTX - Men's, Low cut, $200.
Lowa Renegade III GTX - Women's, Low cut, $200.

McKenzie Long

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Most recent review: May 24, 2014
Summary of All Ratings

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   Jan 8, 2014 - 05:34pm
JSNYC · Runner · New York, NY
Buyer beware - I purchased a pair of Lowa Renegade boots about 4 years ago to use for snowy days in New York City. They are barely worn and I have only had to use them a handful of times each year, as the winters just aren't as bad as they used to be in New York City.

The boots were always comfortable and kept my feet warm and dry, and I used to love them - that was until I took them out a few weeks ago when it snowed. I was shocked to find that there were holes in the sides, and the soles had become detached. And this had happened while they sat in a closet without being used! My husband has a pair of Timberlands he's had for nearly 20 years that are still in one piece, and he paid a fraction of what I paid for my Lowa boots.

Given the cost of the boots (which I rationalized because I figured they'd last a long time), I would not recommend buying them, unless you have money to burn and want to replace them in a few years when they're hardly worn.
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Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   May 24, 2014 - 11:11am
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Sorry, this is a fantastic product to use, until it isn't. The construction is such that you will be in deep trouble when the sole de-laminates in the middle of nowhere. I have had this happen to 2 pairs bought 10-11 months apart and alternated in use. There is no advanced warning, it just happens. The second shoe goes about 20 minutes later. I just returned from doing photography in the canyons of Utah. The second pair I purchased left me stranded 1 mile from the vehicle. Another hiker had a bow wrist strap he took apart so I could tie my sole to my shoelaces. Fortunately, there was extra as the second shoe went 20 minutes later. There was no visible sign of a problem when I put them on a few hours earlier. The first pair did the same exact thing 3 years ago when I was hiking in Aransas. There is something defective in the process that Lowa uses in these shoes. I have NEVER had any other brand fall apart like this. I am headed to REI this a.m. to replace these latest casualties and I assure you it will not be with a Lowa. Great fit, great feel, major quality problem.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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