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Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo Review

Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo
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Price:  $210 List
Pros:  Comfortable, full leather upper, good muddy traction, seamless GORE-TEX liner
Cons:  Heavy, not breathable
Manufacturer:   Lowa
By Brandon Lampley ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 18, 2015
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  • Comfort - 25% 7.0
  • Weight - 25% 6.0
  • Support - 15% 9.0
  • Traction - 15% 8.0
  • Versatility - 10% 8.0
  • Water Resistance - 5% 10.0
  • Durability - 5% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo is a fine hiking shoe, and the closest thing to a low cut traditional hiking boot that we tested in the hiking shoe review. This is a burly, heavy shoe that we rated the most supportive, water resistant and durable. It's a much more substantial shoe than the others and has the price tag to reflect it. Surprisingly, it's very comfortable from the first step, even for dayhiking.

While it performs well dayhiking and very well when carrying loads, the Keen Targhee 2 is more versatile and works better for fast hiking. The Renegade stands out as the best crossover casual work shoe. It looks great, keeps your feet comfy around town and adventuring, and will keep looking great for years. Our Editors' Choice winner hiking shoe, The North Face Ultra 110 GTX is a light, comfortable all around performer.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo earned top scores in three metrics: support, water resistance and durability. It's a very attractive shoe…for those that aren't concerned about an extra quarter pound on each foot. Our biggest complaint is that it's quite heavy, but this translate to great support and durability.

Performance Comparison

Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo hiking shoes - this great looking shoe has excellent support. it's the closest...
This great looking shoe has excellent support. It's the closest thing to an actual low cut boot we tested, and is great for carrying a light or medium pack.
Credit: Brandon Lampley


The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo is comfortable and form-fitting out of the box. The supple suede uppers hug the foot, and the felt and foam insole feels nice under foot. For a stiff shoe, it strides quite well due to the substantial sole rocker at the forefoot. We found the La Sportiva FC ECO 2.0, our Top Pick for Backpacking, to be slightly more comfortable.

The Renegade's lacing system starts with one traditional eyelet down low, and three pulley-type eyelets on the midfoot. One quick lace hook finishes off the lacing. This lacing system makes getting into and out of the shoe quick, but provides little in the way of adjustability for the fit. Systems with more eyelets, especially more close to the ankle, let you fine tune fit better.

This is a warm shoe and doesn't breathe well. It's more suited to cool season hiking than summer. This shoe has a reputation for comfort after a break-in period, and with both wide and narrow sizes available, most should find a well-fitting pair.

Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo hiking shoes - on a short overnight trip along the poudre river in colorado. this...
On a short overnight trip along the Poudre River in Colorado. This shoe can handle everything from dayhiking and backpacking to an evening out in town.
Credit: Brandon Lampley


This is the heaviest hiking shoe we tested, weighing 2.73 lbs. There's just more to it from top to bottom: a thicker sole, burly midsole and full shank, and full leather uppers.


The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo provides the most foot support of the shoes we tested. If you want more boot-like foot support without the boot ankle collar, this is the best choice of the bunch. The polyurethane Monowrap Frame midsole design, combined with the full-length nylon shank, creates superb torsional stability, and the forefoot is the stiffest we tested. This support makes this an excellent shoe for folks that want to carry relatively heavy packs with a low-cut shoe.
Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo hiking shoes - here you can see the substantial rocker of the forefoot of this...
Here you can see the substantial rocker of the forefoot of this model. This creates a comfortable stride with the stiff midsole.
Credit: Brandon Lampley


Overall, this product handles rough and smooth, wet and dry trails well. The agressively rockered front sole stuck to rock slabs well and it was great in mud and gravel. Things got a bit slippery though on wet granite slabs.


Short of running, this product handled all our hiking adventures well, though its heavy weight is more suited to trips when its support is needed for carrying backpacks. With its attractive full leather upper, the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo makes a really nice office or work shoe. It's also perfect for gardening, yard work, and inclement weather wear around town. The black color scheme makes a great work shoe for those that require black footwear.
Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo hiking shoes - i look good enough to wear just about anywhere, to the office, out...
I look good enough to wear just about anywhere, to the office, out to dinner, or on the trail.
Credit: Brandon Lampley

Water Resistance

Lowa has patented the durable, comfortable seamless design of its GORE-TEX liner. Our feet always stayed dry in these shoes, though they didn't breathe well. With a full leather upper, this model easily took the top score for water resistance.


Easily the most durable shoe in the review, The Lowa Renegade Lo will keep you hiking for many years. A suede leather conditioner applied periodically to the upper will keep the leather supple and beading water. Take care of these shoes and one pair will last a lifetime. The Vibram Evo soles show no signs of wear after 100 miles.
Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo hiking shoes - the high quality full leather upper on the renegade beads water well...
The high quality full leather upper on the Renegade beads water well and will last a lifetime for most hikers.
Credit: Brandon Lampley

Best Applications

Casual dayhikes and walks around town, backpacking trips with light and moderate loads, attractive shoe for work and town.


The $210 price tag will cause sticker shock for most. More affordable shoes like the Keen Targhee 2 are have a much smaller up-front cost. But these shoes could easily outlast two pairs of most others, making them a good longterm investment.


A popular shoe with a dedicated following. Some folks really like the combination of foot support and a full leather upper. The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo will serve most folks for years, keep your feet absolutely dry in bad weather, and you can wear them to work or out on the town with their low-key look.

Brandon Lampley
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