Lowa Vantage GTX Mid Mountaineering Boots Reviewed

Lowa is absolutely the heavyweight of climbing boots. The German firm makes extra climbing boots than another firm on the earth. Their greatest promoting mannequin is the Lowa Renegade however at the moment I’ll take a detailed have a look at a barely extra rugged mannequin: the Lowa Vantage GTX Mid in navy crimson.

The Vantage falls within the “trekking” class of Lowa whereas the Renegade is of their “all terrain” class. Trekking boots are stiffer, present extra ankle assist and total safety.

The Lowa Vantage GTX Mid is accessible for each women and men.

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Our evaluate of this product
The professionals are:

  • Made in Europe by a legendary climbing firm
  • Good worth trekking boots (for Lowa)
  • Gentle however very sturdy
The cons are:

  • Not as comfy because the Lowa Renegade


The higher is made out of cut up leather-based and abrasion-resistant Cordura. It’s not as clean as all nubuck leather-based however sturdiness will definitely not be an issue, these boots are robust!

Just like all climbing boots on this vary, the Lowa Vantage is Gore-Tex lined for waterproofing. It has a LOWA Trac® Lite II sole which was stiffer than the 4 different climbing boots examined (Lowa Renegade, Arc’teryx Bora² Mid GTX, Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX and Aku Alterra GTX).

The lacing system was nice with extra hooks for laces that are positioned greater to for a safe match across the tongue.

The boot weighs 1.75 lbs (dimension 12) which is the heaviest boots together with the Aku Alterra on this comparative evaluate.

Sizing & Consolation

I’ve medium to slender ft however actually like footwear with a big toe field. In that regard, the Lowa Vantage was a blended bag for me. The toe field is medium to small in contrast with the opposite boots I examined. Additionally, the Vantage doesn’t present quite a lot of arch assist just like the Salomon Quest 4D which makes it really feel a bit vast on the midfoot. However that minor quibble aside, these boots have been fairly comfy!

You’ll must be cautious about sizing although as they run small. I often put on 11.5 however needed to go along with 12 for the best match. As with all footwear, we suggest shopping for 2 sizes and returning the dimensions that don’t match.

Assist & safety

The Lowa Vantage GTX Mid was the stiffest boot examined, the shut second was the Aku Alterra. It additionally leads the pack for toe safety. There’s no different option to put it, these boots are made for rugged adventures!

Manufacturing nation & guarantee

The Vantage boot is made in Germany (very cool!) and comes with an ordinary 12-month guarantee.

Greatest use

Trails: The Lowa Vantage GTX is a critical pair of climbing boots. In case you largely do walks on massive trails, these are overkill and also you may need to search for the Lowa Renegade. Though versatile for correct trekking boots, they’re actually extra appropriate for intense hill climbing or multi-day hikes carrying a heavy load in your again.

Metropolis: These boots have been made for the nation however we all know quite a lot of our prospects additionally use them within the metropolis. The Vantage is gentle in its class and that’s excellent news for metropolis of us. In case you just like the distinctive Lowa look and don’t thoughts the stiff sole, they’ll definitely work as an all-weather city boot.

Why purchase?

  • Searching for extra assist & safety than all-terrain boots such because the Lowa Renegade
  • As a result of Lowa is Lowa

This evaluate is a part of our 2018 greatest promoting climbing boot comparability which additionally consists of the:

  • Arc’teryx Bora² Mid GTX
  • AKU Alterra GTX 
  • Lowa Renegade GTX Mid (evaluate from 2016)
  • Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX (evaluate from 2014)

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