In the mountains, low weight, comfort, and high technical performance are all qualities which are highly desirable. The Lowa Mountain Expert GTX EVO - Women's hits that sweet spot of being comparable to a comfy light-weight hiking boot while possessing technical ice capabilities. The wide tongue-opening makes them slide on to the foot more easily than any other product tested and the flexible ankle cuff and rockered sole allow them to hike very well. The stiff full shank and innovative tongue stud for lacing combine to offer the perfect amount of support and stability for front-pointing in the ice. The main downside we see to these well-priced boots are that they are less warm than some of the competition. However, in our tests, these are the most reasonably priced full-shank women's mountaineering boots that accept step-in crampons, and we think they are an amazing deal for what you get, which wins them the Best Buy award.
The Lowa Mountain Expert is now called the Mountain Expert GTX EVO - Women's. While you can still find the old model on sale from multiple major retailers, our purchase links will take you to the new version which is pictured in the main photo above. Keep reading to see the results of the design overhaul!