This may be the strangest update I’ve done. After starting this review during the winter, I was notified that there was a mistake, and they were not ‘snow’ boots. Part of me was relieved, because although there are very comfortable, I did not think they really could be used as snow boots.
Fast forward to this spring… I’ve been wearing the Maine’s while walking and some light hiking on either paved or packed dirt paths. I’m outdoors alot, either doing yard work, walking the dogs or doing some training with one of them. The LOWA Maines are my ‘go to’ shoe. They high top gives a bit of support around the ankles, and the soles, although flat, are very comfortable with enough cushion. The bottoms have an interesting tread pattern, that is not very aggressive, but works ok for light hiking. On the plus side, they do not hold a lot of dirt, so going from outside into buildings doesn’t leave behind a trail.
Next week, I will be heading to Iceland, and I plan on wearing the Maine’s while traveling, and also while exploring the city of Reykjavik, and other surrounding towns. Check back in a few weeks for an update!
I just received the LOWA Maine GTX® snowboots for review purposes.
Ironically, I live in Maine, and we get snow so the LOWA Maine GTX snowboots seem to be a good ‘fit’ for me. Right now, its 50 degrees during the day, and about 30 at night, so no telling when we’ll have snow.
As I always do with outdoor shoes, I decided to wear them to work to see how comfortable they’d be wearing them for 8 hours and walking about 2 miles on hard floors. So far, so good. I was a bit concerned because they have no rise in the instep area, and my feet are fairly flat. I’ll be very interested to see how they do in the snow, since most of the sides and top are Waxed Cotton Canvas, Polyester and Full Grain Leather. I’ve never had shoes made of waxed cotton canvas and will see how water resistant they are.
The shoes have the look of a high top sneaker.
Description of the LOWA Maine GTX from the LOWA Website:
Comfort and performance in a warm and waterproof sneaker style.
- UPPERS: Waxed Cotton Canvas/Polyester/Full Grain Leather
- LINING: Waterproof and warm GORE-TEX®
- FOOTBED: Climate control
- MIDSOLE: Supportive PU
- STABILIZER: 3/4 length soft-flex nylon
- WEIGHT: 640 grams
- MSRP $210 USD
After wearing for a long day, I was happily surprised at how good my feet felt. They have good ankle support, and the bottom while flexible is not overly so. They look like high top sneakers, but are much more stable and firm. The soles have a fairly aggressive tread, which should be good on slippery surfaces, but does sometimes ‘catch’ on tile flooring.
For winter boots, they did not make my feet feel too hot or sweaty. This leads me to wonder how warm they will be in the winter. The rest of the questions I have about these snow boots will be answered when I have snow and cold to deal with.