New tramping boots for a new year...
|My trusty La Sportiva boots on the Harpers Pass Track in 2017...|
|My new Lowa Tibet boots...|
Lowa Tibet GTX boots
Lowa is a German company that make a wide range of both women and men's boots and trail shoes. They have been making boots since the end of the 19th century so are well versed in designing and manufacturing top quality gear.
My new boots may be top quality but they cost a top price as well...$700 NZD a pair....ouch!
They are now the most expensive piece of tramping gear I have ever purchased. I've been wearing my $400 La Sportiva's for four years now so I figure I need to get at least six-eight years of use out of these boots for them to make financial sense.
|Lowa Tibets....full rand, high length, crampon compatible..|
They are really more boot than I need for most of my trips but they are well known for their comfort and durability once fully worn in.
As you can see in the photo below, even Max the cat approves of my purchase...
|Max says...YES Jon...Vibram soles good....dogs bad!!!!!|
|Better view of the lacing system on the Lowa Tibet...|
|Lowa Tibet GTX: German precision!|
|...deep lugs on those Vibram soles...|
PS: I wore them up to Packhorse Hut, they were super comfortable and had awesome traction.
|Wearing the Lowa's outside the Packhorse Hut wardens biv, January 2018|
I recently went up the Waimakiriri River to Carrington hut and the Tibets performed well. This is the kind of terrain these boots were made for... step, muddy and rough travel with plenty of boulder bashing involved.
|One of my feet in a Lowa Tibet near Carrington Hut, February 2018|
On a side note; I'm 50 in August, so these could quite easily be the last pair of boots I ever buy.