There are a lot of things I’m having to pay very close attention to as I prepare for the Snowman Trek later this month. Staying warm, hydrated, fueled with the proper food and foot comfort are all very high on the list. With us hiking anywhere from eight to 13 miles per day, making sure that my feet are going to be comfortable ranks high on the list.
When considering the type of hiking boot I wanted, ankle support and light weight were two things I felt would be most important. After all, I don’t want to have to trudge around in a heavy (albeit sturdy) leather boot.
Having tested out a number of other LOWA low-profile boots, I decided that these would be a good go-to company for something a bit more robust.
After talking with some representatives from LOWA, I decided on the Mauria GTX® Flex WS. Yes, I realize it’s their job to tell me how great their boots are but, really, these are great.
I’ve now taken these on numerous hikes in the Pacific Northwest and also to New Mexico and they’ve performed really well on all occasions.
Here are a couple of things that stand out for me:
- Very lightweight – though these are a bit bulkier than my other lower-profile boots, I don’t feel like I’m having a difficult time lifting my feet up and over rocks and tree limbs.
- GORETEX – though I haven’t had to wear these in the rain, I will in Bhutan, and I trust that they are going to keep my feet dry.
Another cool feature of LOWA boots is the Flex® lacing which allows the laces to easily pull through the ball bearing lace loops. In addition, the tongue stud/X-lacing feature helps reduce overall pressure on the feet, making for a comfy walk.
The Mauria GTX® Flex WS comes in two colors - Dark Blue/Burgundy (pictured above) or Brown/Olive (pictured below). It also offers a wide width style in the Dark Blue/Burgundy color.
Established in 1923 in Jetzendorf, Germany, LOWA is known for handcrafted, great-fitting boots. It uses only durable materials and adheres to the highest quality construction.
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