One of you sent me a message recently looking for one boot that would do everything and since footwear is a very popular subject here I thought I should share my response with everyone.
The truth is, Jay, while I suppose in the literal sense there are a number of boots that you could wear for all you outdoor activities. However, I am assuming that because you frequent this site you are looking for best in class which means top performance and specialization. You did not define everything but again I think because of the subject matter I write about it means from maintained trail hiking to mountaineering and “everything” in between. Savvy?
Lowa, Lowa, Lowa, and Lowa. Great boots for everything from easy flat trails to the most challenging steep and deeps. If you are looking for a one stop shop for the best footwear the Lowa line is tough to beat.
Well my friend, here is your answer. The is no one magical do it all boot in my opinion. Stiffer, heavier boots made to hunt sheep in steep, shale covered country or cold icy mountaineering conditions that require crampons simply are not practical for strolling through your local suburban preserve trail system. So, you are going to have to purchase more than one pair and because money is not an issue for my readers (either they have plenty of their own or they are spending somebody elses ie public funds) I suggest that you buy four different pair.
Yes, four pair of boots will do the job quite nicely I should think. Which ones? How about the Lowa boots pictured above. In order of weight and stiffness from Left to right they are:
-the easy going Renegade GTX
-the reigning all around champ Ranger GTX
-the robust and heavy duty Tibet GTX
-the insulated and crampon compatible Silberhorn GTX
All are made with the best in class materials and features Lowa is revered for. All have Gore-Tex liners and water resistant leather exteriors. All but the Silberhorns come in wide versions but even they are pretty generous. All are outstanding boots that I have awarded GREAT GEAR RECOMMENDATIONs.
So there you go, sir. If you want to take care of your feet in one fell swoop and with one phone call, those are my suggestions.
OK, here is the revised pic with the Uplander GTX and Creek II GTX boots on the left side where they belong based on weight and flexibility.
Well, they aren’t absolutely necessary but they are very nice to have around. They are from left to right:
-the stealthy Uplander GTX
-the snow country specific Creek II GTX
So let’s call it six Lowa boots instead of four to really cover everything on your bucket list.Thanks. Wade Nelson
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