Review by Arnie P
Lowa provided the Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots for review purposes.
Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots
The Lowa company
The Lowa company was founded by Lorenz Wagner in 1923 in the Bavarian village of Jetzendorf near Munich Germany. The company has grown a lot since the production of brogue oxfords.
The Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boot comes in the color Anthracite/Blue and Navy/Grey. Sizes available are 7.5-12 in half sizes, and 13,14. The shoe is mid cut or just above ankle high. At the heel is a small tab to aid in putting the boots on. All the lacing loops are closed except for the top 2 pairs which are open. The lower 4 pairs are flush to the surface and made of fabric. The 2 pairs of open loops are made of metal.
Specifications for pair received
Size: Men’s 9 US
Left: 17.4 oz 493 g
Right 18 oz 510 g
Materials and web-site description
Lining: Waterproof and insulated, Gore-Tex Duratherm
Midsole: Supportive PU
Outsole: Slip-resistant Vibram G3 Elika Ice
Warm, waterproof, and versatile. Ideal for winter hiking, snowshoeing, wet weather, and running in the cold.
Trying the Innox Ice GTX Mid boots
The boots looked slightly smaller than my other size 9 boots. When I checked, I found them to be about a quarter of an inch shorter on the outside of the sole. I opened the laces and slipped my foot in using the small tab. The tab was difficult to get a grip on, but did help. Once my foot was in the boot, the fit was perfect. Within seconds, I could feel my foot getting warm and toasty, but not sweating. I was wearing a heavy pair of wool socks. I wore them for a few hours and was satisfied with the comfort and warmth. That evening I changed into a pair of lightweight synthetic socks and wore the Innox boots to an employee holiday party. The first 2 hours I was standing and it was warm. My feet did not sweat and were comfortable. Then it was another 3 hours sitting, eating supper and listening to the presentation. My feet were still as comfortable and I did not have any trouble with the various floor surfaces in the hotel.
The Innox boots are comfortable, keep my feet warm, and cover my ankles. My only wish is for a better pull tab or loop to assist in putting the boots on.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Lowa for the opportunity to test the Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about the Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots.
A great month for testing the Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots. It was the boots against the terrain and they won every time. In addition to weekly 2 hour hikes at Harold Parker forest, walks to the senior center, and walks to my shopping center, the boots got a workout at my gym, going up and down stairs, and using a ladder.
Hiking Harold Parker Forest
The weekly hikes start at 10 am and last for 2 hours. We start from different trail-heads, with different leaders, so a repeat hike does not happen often. Most of the trails are single file with very few flat areas. In a few places, the trail is along access roads. The trails are rocky, with lots of exposed roots and areas of large rocks and ledge. During this time of year the difficulty is increased by the leaves on the trail. I did slide on some leaves a few times, but not enough for me to lose my balance. The temperature on these hikes was from below freezing to the low 40’s. The warmth and comfort of the shoes was excellent.
Walking to the senior center
The round trip walk is about 3.5 miles and each way takes about 35-40 minutes, depending on street crossings. I leave my house at about 8 am and it has been below freezing for most of these walks. A couple times there were a few places with black ice on the surface. I had good traction. I felt the need to run a few times while making a street crossing. (I can run short distances but when I was younger could have run in these boots.) They were comfortable on the hard surfaces of the roads and sidewalks.
At the gym
I now go to the gym 3-4 times a week. I use the treadmill at 4 mph, with an incline of 3, for 20 minutes. Some days I do a few more minutes. I do calf raises to avoid shin splints and other leg pain. It gives me an indication of the stiffness of the soles of the shoe. I could do the calf raises easily without any slipping. A calf raise is placing both feet on the edge of a stair or box with most of your foot unsupported and raising and lowering yourself with the toe of your footwear. I also do leg presses and this gives me an idea how the shoes responds to pressure. Occasionally on the trail, I need to jump from a higher surface to a lower rock or hard surface. It is comforting to know under controlled conditions what the experience is like. Since the gyms are usually warmer, I get to know how well the boot ventilates. I have not had any problem with moisture from sweating.
In and out of the house
When you own a home, there is always something to do. I had to trim some of my trees. I am slower now on the ladder and it takes a good shoe bottom to have comfortable feet while standing on the ladder. The grip on the rungs was also excellent. I also tried my boots using the 2 sets of stairs in the house. I can do the house stairs with ease.
I had a slight problem with sole delamination and shortly after customer service was notified, I received a replacement pair. I was fully satisfied.
I wear thin and medium weight Merino wool socks with these shoes. My socks are very seldom damp. I had terrific ventilation, comfort, and no tender spots on my feet. I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Lowa for the opportunity to test the Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots. Come back in about a month when I will have more to say.
A last look 1-10-17
To me, the boots I wear hiking or backpacking are the most important piece of my gear. Since I do not carry a spare pair of boots, I depend on the boots I am wearing to complete each hike. I have been partial to natural materials like leather and wool, but I have to admit that the synthetic Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots have changed my mind.
During this period, I was doing the same activities as the last period, except the temperatures experienced were as low as 0 F. I have worn these boots everyday with few exceptions.
The shoelaces length was perfect on my boots and my shoelaces stayed tied. At my age I prefer not to have to retie my boots. Once I was not careful and my boots came untied.
Near zero weather
A couple mornings it was near 0 F when I left the house. I could feel the moisture freezing in my nose, but my feet remained warm and dry. I walked to the shopping mall without slipping or sliding and was in stores where it was warmer. My feet were sweating in the store. On my return home, my feet stayed warm and dry. I walked through 12 inches of snow from an earlier storm. A small amount of snow remained on my boots but did not melt or cause my feet to feel cold. I checked my socks when I got home and found dampness, but my feet were warm and dry.
Shoveling is not my favorite activity, but a necessary one. We had 2 snowstorms. The first dropped 2 inches and the second dropped 10 inches. The temperature during the snowstorm was 20 F so the snow was powdery and easy to remove with a snow scoop.
The comfort zone
I found the fit was perfect. My foot did not slide in the boot. The boot dispersed any sweating caused by my feet. My feet were always dry and warm. I never experienced a sensitive or even a tender spot during the test period. I had control when walking over rock and root filled trails. I had good traction on sloping ledges. Most of my hiking has been on hard surfaces and the comfort was never compromised and there are no signs of adverse effects to the boot.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Lowa for the opportunity to test the Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots.