19 Mar Lowa Zephyr GTX MID TF – Before You Buy
Lowa Zephyr GTX MID TF – Before You Buy
As some of you may know we have been using the LOWA Zephyr GTX MID TF boots for almost 3 years now. We even like them so much we got ourselves a pair in black now as well.
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The general fit
To start off with, the general fit of these boots are based on years and years of experience and development by LOWA in both the military and outdoor markets. This means that these boots will fit the majority of people just fine.
As for the features let’s start off with the soles of the boots. This sole is called the LOWA cross II and has a wider built in order for you to prevent rolling over your ankles and also maximizes grip.
The special rubber outsole design is created to have an excellent slip resistance in different kind of terrains both paved and unpaved. Furthermore this sole has a self-cleaning profile design which improves safety.
From the sole comes the stability frame which brings the sole with the upper part of the boot into one unified piece. This reduces the flexibility between these parts but maximizes the stability.
Reinforced shoe tip
Another important part of the boot is the boot tip, this is an extension of the sole that protects your toes against bumps.
Next up is the ankle support, this goes up to 14,5 centimeters which adds to the stability and prevents rolling your ankles.
The laces of these boots are made of a synthetic material which results in being less heavy when wet compared to leather laces. They also have less wear and tear and when wet they’re easy to untie.
The Nestles of these laces, just to be clear the endings of the laces, are made of plastic so they don’t create sound whenever you step. However, it is possible that these start to break off so you can either burn them or get yourself new laces.
This boot features metal loops instead of hooks which makes it easier to tie the boot, also metal loops are more durable than synthetic ones and make it easier to untie your boot when it has become wet.
Furthermore the booth features a loop on the heel which makes it easier to put your shoes on.
Next up are the boot materials and let’s start off with the outer layer. The outer layer of the boot is made of synthetic fabrics and suede materials. This makes the boot breathable and prevents overheating your foot. It is lightweight, easy to maintain and offers a lot of comfort. Also the edges are double stitched to have a strong finish.
The inner layer of the boot is made of a rigid Gore-tex material that prevents wear and tear on the inside and allows for an optimal airflow. The padding on the inside is used for additional comfort and stimulates the flow of moisture released by the foot.
Now since this is a GTX boot it also features a mid layer, which is a Gore-tex membrane. This makes the boot waterproof so water can’t get inside while on the same time keeps the boot breathable so the inside air can go outside.
Above that the tongue is stitched onto the upper part of the boot so it is waterproof up to that point.
These 3 layers are made as one which is important to minimize the friction on the Gore-tex mid layer for longevity. Plus all the materials of this boot are fast drying materials which makes the recovery time less than with a full leather boot.
All this together creates a lightweight tactical boot which can be used in a wide variety of environments. And above that a single boot weighs only 550 grams.
At last due to it being a relative flexible boot, the break-in period will be much shorter than with a full leather boot with mountaineering soles. Just to be clear the break-in period is the time the boot needs in order to adjust your foot.
Our conclusion is that we never had any injuries occurring while using these boots. After 3 years of usage in both outdoor, wet and muddy environments as well as indoor on paved grounds our first pair of boots are still going strong.
In our experience the construction of the boot makes the chance on an injury very minor. And by applying a special lacing method you can even reduce these chances further. You can find a link of this video by clicking on the picture.
But of course like anything else you need to take care of them by cleaning and waterproofing them, the video links can be found in the pictures down below.
But wait, there’s more!
At last there is another thing worth mentioning which is nearly always forgotten about, here we’re talking about socks.
The right socks help your boots to remove the loss of moisture by your feet. To give you an idea, on a non-active day both your feet can lose up to a shot glass of water per foot. While on a sportive day your feet easily lose up to 300 milliliters of water per foot.
Now it’s clear that bad socks can prevent the moisture flow and keep your feet wet. And we all know that wet feet get blisters or even wounds which can be very annoying or even painful.
Uphillsport Tactical Socks
That mentioned, we quickly want to draw your attention to a brand we’ve got a known IWA called ‘Uphillsport’. They specially created a series of socks designed for outdoor and tactical usage.
Instinct even personally likes these socks so much he almost never wears any other socks anymore. And to give you an idea of how good they are even some Special Forces units are using these socks already.
Looking for LOWA and Uphillsport products?
If you don’t have a pair yet, you can find the LOWA Zephyr GTX boots on our online store shop.reconbrothers.com along with the other boots from the Lowa Task Force series. Also the collection of Uphillsport tactical socks can be found over there as well, so certainly go have a look.