Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots Review

There is great versatility in this performance hiking boot from Lowa – it’s available in three widths, is extremely supportive and comfortable and offers a substantial grip ready to take on a wide variety of trails.

Lowa Women's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot,Stone,10 W US

Great news: this hiking boot is also available in a men’s version.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Available in three widths for better fit
  • Extremely comfortable yet rigid for difficult terrain

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Expensive
  • Isn’t the most exciting design visually

We were impressed with the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots – they’re from the exact same family as the Lowa Renegade GTX LO, which we’ve also reviewed. This higher version, which gives much more support around the ankle and sits as a traditional hiking boot takes the ‘why fix what isn’t broken approach’ and offers something similar.

So, if you’re used to the ankle height, hiking shoe version of this boot, and want something that is heavier weight, more robust and ready to take on a wide variety of terrain, including more technical conditions, then you will likely love this offering.

Editor’s note: This article is part of our guide to the best hiking boots, be sure to check out the rest of this guide for our top buying tips:

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Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
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Lowa Women's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot,Stone,10 W US
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Buying Options
Our Ratings
Best Overall Women's
Most Comfortable
Best for Mountain Walking
Best Budget
Best Waterproof
Best for Summer/Hot Weather
Best Leather
Best for Day Hikes
Pros
Extremely comfortable. Wears in quickly. Excellent fit for wider feet
Excellent comfort. Excellent durability
Sturdy and ready to take on anything. Good toe placement and great ankle positioning
Very comfortable, pretty much straight out the box. Great price point
Excellent build quality. Can be resoled
Low weight. Good build quality
Available in three widths and a variety of sizes. Extremely comfortable
Cutting edge materials, good breathability to waterproofing ratio
Extremely supportive and comfortable. Stylish.
Excellent durability. Rigid build
Cons
Not great for narrower feet. Sizing for buyers outside the United States can be limited
Slightly confusing product range. The design looks dated.
Break in takes a little while. Rigid.
Isn't as breathable. Could do with a more robust sole
Expensive. The design may be too utilitarian for some
Ankle cuff not as supportive as some others. Wider toe box may not suit those with very narrow feet. New
Expensive. Isn't visually that striking
Expensive for what they are. We don't find them suitable for longer treks
Expensive. Leather feels cold after walking through significant water.
Dated design. Stiff upper may not be to everybody's taste.
Traction
Excellent
Very good
Medium/deep thread pattern
Good - but not as good on technical terrain
Excellent
Excellent
Vibram outsole - excellent
Excellent
Excellent - uses Vibram Megagrip
Very good
Breathability
Good
Very good
Gore-Tex upper and well insulated
OK
Low
Good
Good
Excellent
OK
Very good
Ankle Support
Good
Very good
Excellent
Good
Excellent
Good
Excellent
Good
Excellent
Excellent
Arch support
Regular to good
Good
Average
OK
Average
Good
Average
Regular
Average
Average
Fit
Fits a little large, size down a half size if in-between, available in a single width
Fits true to size. comes in standard and wide widths
Suits normal to wider feet
Standard fit, runs small - best to go up a half size
Standard fit - runs small
Fits true to size. Comes in standard and wide widths
Comes in standard, narrow and wide fit options and wide range of sizes
Runs narrow
Standard fit
Runs a little small. Available in standard and wide fit
Materials
Grain leather upper, metal lacing hardware and synthetic/rubber soles
Synthetic and pig suede upper.
Leather and synthetic
Upper leather and suede and synthetic
Mostly leather with synthetic lining and rubber sole
Fully synthetic
Leather and synthetic
Leather and synthetic
Leather and synthetic
Nubuck leather and synthetics
Appearance
Modern hiking boot
Slightly dated design
Modern
Modern hiking boot with traditional feel
Traditional hiking boot
Modern hiking boot
Modern hiking boot
Modern hiking boot
Modern hiking boot/trail hybrid
Slightly dated design
Durability
Excellent
Very good
Excellent
Sole feels quite lightweight
Excellent
Excellent
Good
Average
Good
Excellent
Water Resistance
Gore-Tex membrane
In-house waterproof, breathable membrane
Gore-Tex membrane
Waterproof (Omni-Tech)
Gore Tex lining and water resistant coating
Gore Tex membrane
Gore-Tex membrane
Gore-Tex Surround membrane
Gore-Tex lining
In-house waterproof, breathable membrane
Weight (pair)
900g/2lb per pair
800g/1lb 12oz
1070g/2lb 6oz
791g/1.8lbs per pair
1.28kg/2lb 13oz
740g/1lb 10oz
950g/2lb
900g/2 lb. 1 oz
1015g/2.5 lbs
990g/2lb 2oz
Insoles
Standard insole
Padded insole
Padded insole
Standard insole
Padded insole
Padded. shaped insole
Standard insole
Standard insole
Standard insole
Padded insole
Break-in Period
Minimal
Minimal
Some break in needed
Very minimal
Some break-in required
Minimal
Minimal
Slightly longer than average
Minimal
Medium
Lacing system
Regular laces with metal lacing hardwear for durability
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard/regular laces
Standard/regular laces
Standard laces
Standard lacing system
Standard/regular laces
Standard - eyelet with grip lacing around the ankle
Standard laces
Toe Protection
Rubberized toe rand
Rubber rand around toe and small toe cap
Rubberized toe rand
Rubberized toe rand
Substantially reinforced toe offers excellent protection
Rubber rand on toe and small toe cap.
Substantial rubber toe rand
Rubberized toe rand
Rubberized toe rand with reinforced stitching
Rubber rand around toe and small toe cap

Analysis and Test Results

The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid performed well in our tests amongst the best hiking boots, in much the same was the GTX LO did in our previous reviews – it’s a dependable boot that you’ll likely find yourself reaching for time and time again. This model is extremely popular for Lowa, and you’ve no doubt encountered the various iterations of the product and the range they offer.

This hiking boot clearly puts comfort at the forefront, as these boots are extremely well cushioned and feel trail ready very quickly. We also love the fact that Lowa are making this boot as accessible as possible by way of the variety of widths on offer. There’s a standard, wide and narrow. Great news if you struggle to find a boot that fits you just right.

See how we ranked the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid based on our various testing metrics below.

Performance Comparison

Lowa Renegade Main shot

Traction

The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid hiking boots perform exceptionally well in a whole variety of circumstances, making light work of slippery rocks, loose surfaces, slide inducing mud and even light snow and ice. They present a rugged option and for their price point offer a step up in terms of the confidence they can provide with foot placement on the trail.

They make use of a Vibram outsole, which gives it the edge, and the thread pattern uses deep lugs and grippy elements to make them extremely versatile. You’ll feel more confident on all surfaces in these boots.

Lowa Renegade traction

Breathability

Unventilated leather, such as that used on the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid hiking boots is always going to be less breathable than their synthetic competition seen in other models. However, the breathability of these hiking boots will not be a problem for you if you are hiking in varying weather.

If you’re hiking in hot summer weather or very hot deserts a lot of the time, then you may find them overkill. You may want to then opt for a more ventilated version. Otherwise, they’re pretty much perfect and give a great option if you know you’ll be hiking in a whole range of places.

The breathability can of course be improved if you make use of well-ventilated socks too – choose something made of merino wool or synthetic version for optimal breathability, especially on longer treks and hikes.

Ankle Support

The ankle support offered with this boot of course takes things up a notch from their Renegade LO version, which we’ve also reviewed. The reality is that this boot is substantial – and it feels really supportive for longer treks even with a heavy backpacking pack.

The lacing system – giving three hook overs that hold tension really well and don’t seem to loosen even after steep ascents and descents. This keeps the ankle in place really well and reduces the amount of tension put on the ball and sole of the foot.

Whilst its rigidity is pretty confidence building and helps the prevent ankle injuries, it never feels particularly heavy or cumbersome and makes light work of more difficult sections of trail too.

Arch Support

Lowa don’t make any big points about the arch support offered on the Renegade GTX Mid in their product information, and when testing we also couldn’t find any reason why this hiking boot wouldn’t be classed as offering about standard or a normal level of ankle support. 

This will work well for most hikers, but if you do have any specific concerns, you can easily change out the insole for a more supportive one taking your particular needs into consideration. Given that these are easily found in most drug stores of similar for a low price, this alteration will not add much to the overall price of kitting yourself out with this hiking boot.

See the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid in more detail: 

Fit

An area where this hiking boot really excels itself is that Lowa offer it in three widths – narrow, standard, or regular and wide. This is excellent as some hiking boots from certain manufacturers tend to offer one fit alone and if you live nowhere near a good outdoor store to get a feel, can be a real guessing game when ordering online.

This allows you to get the perfect fit for your feet – and ultimately, this means that the Renegade Mid feels ultra-supportive and comfortable. You’ll want to go further in these because they feel really well adapted to your feet and after you’ve worn them for a while, they’ll feel like you always have. They’re also available in a wide range of sizes from 4.4 US/2.5 UK/35 EU to 12 US/10 UK/44.5 EU.

Materials

The Renegade Mid uses a combination of nubuck leather for its upper and synthetic materials for its sole (rubber) and it’s waterproof lining (Gore-Tex). The thing about leather is that it is softer and molds to the shape of your foot, so it really enhances comfort over time.

They will last the test of time, but it also doesn’t offer a great option if you’re looking for something that doesn’t contain leather but is also fairly solid. That said, if this isn’t an issue for you, the longevity you’ll get from these boots and the durability that the materials used give is second to none.

Lowa Renegade materials

Appearance

Whilst we’ve seen more exciting hiking boots, especially at the price point these hiking boots are offered at, they’re also far from boring. They have a kind of classic hiking boot look or style whilst shaving off a lot of the ‘lug’ and heaviness that comes with that more traditional style.

However, what you are getting is a hiking boot that looks good over time and effortlessly blends into your other hiking gear. It’s fairly low profile and relatively discreet, which may well suit you if you’re not looking for a boot that is brightly colored or really sticks out.

The leather construction on these hiking boots does keep them looking good too – even after they’ve experienced a muddy trail, once cleaned up and looked after well, they look almost like new.

Durability

We’ve found these hiking boots to be very durable – the upper and mid are exceptionally well put together and their comfort and well positioned feel on the trail means you are not putting any undue strain on the boots.

We’ve tested these hiking boots in a variety of conditions, from rocky trails to much more muddy or boggy circumstances and they show no signs of wearing to either the upper or the sole.

Sustainability

Lowa don’t really make a big point in their descriptions of the Renegade Mid as to its sustainability credentials. However, in general, Lowa do make a point of saying that the materials they source – for example the tanneries they use for their leather – use sustainable practices.

It’s also important to remember that the longer a product lasts, the better it is for the environment, as it encourages buying less, and given the sturdy build of this hiking boot, we think there are no longer term durability concerns. These boots should last a long time.

Water Resistance

The Lowa Renegade Mid GTX is a fully waterproof hiking boot. The use of Gore-Tex as its membrane combined with hardy leather gives a pretty much impenetrable barrier against water. These boots handle well against streams, puddles, heavy rain and everything in-between.

If you wanted to further increase the level of waterproofing they can offer, you could add a gaiter which would allow these to be very easily used for a full four seasons (depending on the level of warmth/insulation you need for your location).

Weight

Coming in at 950g/2lb, these boots aren’t the lightest in our reviews, but by no means are these heavy hiking boots. There has been a real move in the last few years towards making hiking boots less heavy – if you remember really traditional boots, you’ll remember the kind of fatigue they give. This isn’t so much the case anymore as technology and processes become better at producing lighter results that perform just as well.

The Renegade Mid is a great example of these, and whilst it is at the heavier end of our reviews, we haven’t experienced any fatigue whilst wearing, even on longer trails.

Lowa Renegade lacing system

Insoles

The Lowa Renegade Mid GTX hiking boots come with a fairly standard insole – similar to most hiking boots in our round up and reviews. You’ll find these generally suitable for most hikers without any specific concerns.

That said, if you do need some extra support, for whatever reason, you can easily replace the insoles with some more catered to your needs and there is enough space in the boot to replace with thicker insoles too.

Break-in Period

Like all hiking boots, you should never take these out straight from the box on a long trail. We would always recommend taking them on a few training hikes first to get a feel for them and if there are (though unlikely) any sore spots you need to be aware of.

All that said, these hiking boots are very comfortable straight out of the box – and over time, due to their leather construction become even more comfortable and molded to the feel of your feet. You will find yourself reaching for these time and time again.  

Lacing System

The Renegade Mid makes use of a fairly standard lacing system. Using metal eyelets up to the ankle crease and then metal hooks from there up to the top of the boot. These stay well in place, even after steep ascents and descents. They show no signs of wear and tear and feel like they are set up for the long haul.

You can also improve the feel of your hiking boots by making an effort to re-lace based on your foot type. Our article on different lacing patterns goes into more detail on this. This can make a really big difference to the overall feel of your hiking boots and experience on the trail.

Lowa Renegade toe protection

Toe Protection

With a strong and solid toe construction including a rubber toe rand, these hiking boots really protect your feet well from the elements. They hold up exceptionally well against knocks and bumps on the trail and they also feel well cushioned for support on the trail against any sharp uphill or downhill sections where you might expect your feet to move forward slightly in your boots.

We actually find these hiking boots a little chunkier around the toe than some of the other hiking boots in our reviews – and this is great for added protection – especially good if you’re someone who can be a little heavy footed with your placement and positioning.

Conclusion

The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid is a popular hiking boot and it’s not difficult to see why. Whilst they are not the lightest option out there, they are exceptionally well-made, offer good water-resistance and their stiffer construction means they offer good foot and ankle support.

Whilst the industry seems to be moving towards generally lighter, trainer-inspired models, we still think there’s still plenty of room for more rigid boots like the Lowa Renegade and, indeed, they offer a real advantage over more flexible options on some types of terrain.

These boots offer a combo of features that we think many hikers will prefer over absolute low weight and flexibility. These are great boots if your hiking takes you onto more technically demanding terrain, out in bad weather – or both!

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