How We Tested Hiking Boots for Women

By:
Jane Jackson
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Sunday
May 6, 2018

From hot summer days in the Sierra Nevada to winter treks in the southwest deserts, we have tried these boots in all types of terrain and conditions. Many trail miles across granite talus, sandstone slabs, forested trails, and alpine meadows have given us a good idea of which boots are better than others. We wore these boots in hot summer temperatures of Yosemite Valley and on cool fall mornings in Tuolumne Meadows. Wherever we were, we focused on the performance of each boot in terms of comfort, support, traction, and durability.

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.

Stream crossings and run-off filled meadows were great places to test the water resistance of each of these models while rocky talus and sandstone slabs made for great opportunities to test traction. We wore these boots on steep switchbacks, rugged and eroding approach trails, and cross-country treks in the alpine. 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 granite peaks to sandstone canyons, these boots have been put to the test!