Best. Boots. Ever.

That was the subject line of an e-mail I received from the guy I sent my Lowa boots to T&E. He also made it very clear I wasn’t getting them back.

As you may recall, back in November I ran a short piece on my initial impressions of the Lowa Uplanders. I didn’t feel like I could push them to the limits of failure, nor put in enough miles to give a true evaluation, so I sent them on to Nate M. Nate is a currently serving Marine NCO who started his career as a grunt, graduated the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School for Wayward Boys at Camp Lejeune and is now an 0317 squad leader with a few deployments under his belt. He was going to be doing a lengthy hike out east so I figured he could do something with them.

These are his initial impressions in bullet format. I will run his complete review in a few days once I have time to sort the pictures.

Review of Lowa Über Boots, Initial Impressions (Nathan M)


  • Initially the boots felt clunky and unfamiliar, possibly because I feel accustomed to the military boots from the last 15 years.
  • I did not use my usual break in period. Zero blisters after a week of light wear and three days of heavy humping. The boots are amazingly light for their size and performance, and didn’t fatigue my legs at all.
  • Traction is vastly better than military boots, which suck on wet rock, or rock in general. I suspect the issue boots have soles made out of harder rubber, which probably lasts longer. The LCpls will probably like that, based on their salary & how often they have to pay for new boots. Even on wet & ice covered sheets of shale, zero slippage.
  • I have never owned a pair of boots with so much ankle support. I felt comfortable and safe walking along the curve of a steep hillside.


  • At first I didn’t like the “mountaineering” civie hiking boot style of lacing, but I soon learned the value of this is system; you can tightly lace them or leave them looser; alternately leave the lower loose/bottom tight if you prefer it, vis a vis. Lastly the ability to wear around like slippers in camp/ take that late night head call/final smoke.
  • The down side of the “hook” lacing system is it takes longer to tie them up.
  • The laces feel flimsy, and appear to be made out of cotton. I will replace with 550 cord for a multitude of reasons.
  • In warm weather they feel a little hot, like ICBs or non-jungle boot types. I haven’t worn ICBs since they were black, its because of the Goretex not the insulation.
  • Boots stayed dry as advertised in rain and snow.
  •  The sole is an interesting “non directional” pattern that surprisingly shed mud and packed snow with each step.
  • Very good initial impressions stand by for further. My dad has already purchased a pair of these boots based on my feedback.

Lowa Uplanders:

As he says, more to follow.

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  • I have a pair of the 8″ Lowa Zephyrs. Great boots, just wish they came in wide sizes so I didn’t have to break them in to my foot width.

  • Agent Orange

    I use the Lowa Desert Elites, and they are by far the best boots I’ve ever owned. I’ve owned Danners, Cocorran, Bellevilles, OTB’s, Converse, and Oakleys, and none of these has held up nearly as well or with the level of comfort as the Lowa’s. My last pair lasted 6 years and significant abuse before I considered them too beat up to wear in public (though I do occasionally still wear them when I’m doing really rough work outside).

    I’ve been looking for a Gore-Tex Lowa boot to wear during the winter months, tough choice between this and the combat GTX!

  • Moondawg

    They only come in a medium width? What about people with wide feet?

  • Long Thrust VI

    Very nice, colonel, but will they take a good spit-shine?

  • Allen

    $300 for a pair of boots????