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Lowa - Women's Sassa GTX MID - Walking boots tested

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| COMBS LA VILLE

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  • Advantages
    Lightweight
    Comfortable
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| Iserlohn

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Finish
    Lightweight
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| Hameln

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    Good grip
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| Linz

Thea's profile picture
| Rotterdam

  • Advantages
    Durable
    Comfortable
    Breathable
    Waterproof
    Stabilizes the foot
Anna's profile picture
| Lübeck

The thread was edited on 08.02.20

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Finish
    Stabilizes the foot
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| Duisburg

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    Good grip
    Lightweight
    Durable
    Robust
    Breathable
    Stabilizes the foot
    Waterproof
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| Waldsolms

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    Stabilizes the foot
    Waterproof
    Breathable
    Comfortable
    Finish
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| Hamburg

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    Good grip
    Stabilizes the foot
    Waterproof
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| München

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    Comfortable
    Stabilizes the foot
    Lightweight
    Finish
    Good grip
    Waterproof
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| Langerwehe

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    Stabilizes the foot
    Breathable
    Price / performance
    Lightweight
    Finish
    Good grip
    Robust
    Waterproof
  • Disadvantages
    Too stiff
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| Euskirchen

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    Stabilizes the foot
    Breathable
    Finish
    Comfortable
    Durable
    Lightweight
    Good grip
    Price / performance
    Robust
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| Budapest

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Good investment

I have recently bought them as I was looking for the universal boots for travel, as well as for the winter season which is quite snowy in Lithuania. I am satisfied with them, the quality met my expectations and I think I have made a good choice and a long-term investment. For the moment I was just trying to feel how it fits with my feet, and it seems comfortable. I like mostly design, color, very good quality of the material which seem to be reliable.Price could be within 150 Eur, but that`s ok. I hope next time you will make me a good discount!

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    Waterproof
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Walk for kilometres in a great pair of walking boots and shoes

Walking Boots

Technical boots are an essential part of your hill walking and trekking equipment. To be able to walk for kilometres and climb to the summit with a lightweight or fully packed walking backpack, then you should definitely equip yourself with a well-fitting pair of walking boots to prevent any blistering or pain.

The right pair of walking boots for women, men & children

Nowadays, there are walking boots and shoes specially designed for women. Since women typically have narrower feet, these walking boots are equipped with a narrower last to ensure adventurous women have unforgettable and pain-free outdoor adventures. As for men, they tend to have wider, longer feet. Therefore, when shopping for a pair of walking boots or shoes, men can rely on wider lasts and larger sizes. Of course, there are also walking boots specially designed for children.

Features of mountain footwear

Walking Boots

In order for a pair of walking boots or shoes to meet hiking’s high demands, the outdoor footwear should have a mid-cut shaft. This will prevent you from twisting your ankles and from unpleasant impacts against your ankles.
In addition, they’ve got to be both waterproof and breathable, since they’ll predominantly be used in rough, alpine terrain in windy and rainy conditions. Speaking of rain, a good pair of waterproof shoes should feature a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane on the upper. In addition, having an abrasion-resistant and non-slip Vibram sole with aggressive lugs will provide great traction for wet alpine trails, slippery rocks and mud. If you mainly walk on easy terrain, don’t carry heavy equipment and don’t have heavy hiking clothes (e.g. on a day tour in the low mountain range,) then you can opt for lightweight walking boots.

What to look out for when buying walking boots

Modern trekking boots aren’t the same heavy, bulky boots made of leather from the past. Shoemaking innovations have helped create more durable, stable boots that ensure surefootedness, yet are super lightweight. However, the most important factor is the shoe's fit. No matter how well-made and expensive the walking boots are, if they don't fit right, they won't do the job.
Many outdoor brands, such as Hanwag, Lowa or La Sportiva, have therefore decided to offer different last widths and extra sizes. Another important thing to point out when buying walking boots or shoes is that they should feel a little wide rather than too tight. This guarantees comfort even if the foot swells after a long walk or in warmer climates.

Don’t forget to break in your walking boots and shoes

Before going on your first hike or mountaineering adventure with your new companions, you should make sure to properly break them in. Hiking and trekking boots will feel just right after a good walk, particularly in mixed terrain, to prevent you from getting blisters down the road. Once you’ve found the perfect pair of walking boots and wear them with suitable hiking socks (e.g. made of merino wool), nothing will stand in your way of an unforgettable walk!

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