By Jason B
Boots are an essential part of any outdoor kit and the innovation that continues to take place in the footwear industry almost rivals Moore’s law. I will be reviewing the Lowa Aerox Mid which has incorporated some of the newest technology from Gore and Lowa.
Lowa has been making boots for over 90 years which is pretty amazing. Their current motto is “Details that Matter” and all of their boots are handcrafted in Europe. They are also ISO 9001 certified meaning that they have a quality management system in place that helps them provide “the highest quality construction and process standards.”
The Aerox Mid is the next evolution of the Aerox low in Lowa’s All Terrain Sport line. The boot features Gore’s new Surround technology which is a 360 degree bootie built into the boot. There is then either a thin sponge like layer or in this case holes in the midsole to help increase breathability. In layman’s terms every step forces moisture like sweat out through the Gore Surround bootie keeping the foot cooler, but the membrane won’t allow moisture or water to flow into the boot. The Gore website has a technical explanation.
In addition to the Gore Surround the Aerox Mid also features the construction that Lowa is known for like the MONOWRAP Stability Frame, lightweight microfiber and synthetic upper and the LOWA Surround Trac outsole.
My initial impression of the boots is positive. I am a size 9 with a fairly wide forefoot. The boots fit well. The toe box is comfortable – not too snug with average lightweight hiking socks. The arch supports seems adequate and the heel cup does a nice job of cradling my heel. Style is very much a personal preference, but I like the style and look of the boots. The orange highlights on the boot are noticeable but not obnoxious. The sole features “V” shaped chevrons on the outside of the sole and hexagon shaped lugs on the inside of the sole. The lacing is Lowa’s version of speed lacing – the round laces run through fabric sleeves with only one metal hood on the outside of the upper for tying. The tongue is sewn to a piece of stretchy fabric that completely covers the area under the laces. This should help keep out debris from coming in through the tongue and laces area.
I generally evaluate boots on three main criteria – comfort, durability and usability. Please check back in about a month once I have put some miles on the boots for an updated review.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and Lowa for supplying boots for this review.