All right, so it’s not long now until the low hiker season in Alaska is over until next spring, so I better stop for a second and tell you about these new low hikers from Lowa. The lighter weight Lowa boots and shoes seem to be more geared to hikes on uncomplicated ground; that is, without tons of ankle-breaking obstacles. The soles are fairly flat with a pretty significant edge placed right under the side of the wearer’s foot, and if you’re a weird edge-of-foot walker like me, you might not want to choose these for hikes involving sidehilling. For their intended use, though, they’re great.
I like to use these for the daily dog walking excursions, and if you know me you know that usually means fast hiking over rough terrain with lots of elevation gain and loss. The Tempests are great for that because they are so light yet sturdy. I’ve been using them for a few months now and I don’t think they’re quite broken in yet, which is fine because that usually means they’ll last a long time. They shed dirt and mud so well that they still look almost brand new (a downside as I always look like a gomer in my brand new-looking shoes, ha).
The fit seems really nice for a women’s shoe. I wouldn’t call them “narrow” but there’s no slop in the foot which is great. I didn’t even have to swap out the insoles like I usually have to do, which to me is a good sign of well-designed footwear.
So once again you can count on Lowa for a good, solid, well constructed and tough footwear design!