How We Tested Hiking Boots for Women

By:
Jane Jackson
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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Spring, Summer, and Fall present perfect hiking conditions across the western states. We trail tested these women's hiking boots all over the Sierra Nevada, from moderate trails in winding between the pines to rugged off-trail travel above treeline. We wore these boots in hot summer temperatures of Yosemite Valley and on cool fall mornings in Tuolumne Meadows. In all conditions we evaluated the tread, comfort, and design features of the boots.

During our water tests  we walked through varying depths of moving and still creek water to find out how dry these hiking boots could remain. The Lowa Renegades withstood depths of 4-5" of moving water and even managed submersion in still water! All of the womens hiking boots are waterproof and perfectly suited for creek crossings  seasonal snow travel  and brief submersion but after prolonged submersion  they eventually absorb water or seep water into the footbed via the eyelets or mesh panels.
During our water tests, we walked through varying depths of moving and still creek water to find out how dry these hiking boots could remain. The Lowa Renegades withstood depths of 4-5" of moving water and even managed submersion in still water! All of the womens hiking boots are waterproof and perfectly suited for creek crossings, seasonal snow travel, and brief submersion but after prolonged submersion, they eventually absorb water or seep water into the footbed via the eyelets or mesh panels.

We dragged our feet across stream beds and rivers to test their water resistance limits. These boots were tested on rocky talus slopes and sandy granite surfaces while hiking, backpacking, and approaching climbing destinations throughout California. While most of the boots require short break-in periods, the more we hiked, the more comfortable they became. Stewardship work and trail building were added opportunities to test the durability and all-day comfort of these women's boots. Working on Yosemite Search and Rescue demanded that these boots be capable of traveling through rugged terrain, lacking any sign of trails. From valley floors to high summits, these boots have seen it all!
 

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