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Object Title: Banff

Manufacturer: Lowa

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Page By: STW

Created/Edited: Sep 23, 2005 / Sep 23, 2005

Object ID: 10105

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(from the manufacturer)

The classic look of a seamless leather backpacking boot, though lighter on the foot with a sturdy backpacking sole and full rubber rand for durability. Leather lined for close to the foot comfort. Top performer for hard-duty backpacking on and off-trail. Excellent knee and back support for a 30+ pound pack.

* Water-repellent 2.5MM thick seamless Nubuck leather (one piece) upper.

* Comfortable leather lining

* VibramĀ® 'Tsavo' outsole with shock-aborbing mid-sole and climate-control insole with pronation/supination zones.

* New SPS System: Optimum stabilization of the foot for excellent walking comfort

* 'C4' Tongue

* Lowa's AWP (Asymetric Walking Position)


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STWUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Best serious backpacking boot I've ever used.

This is a bombproof, supportive heavy-duty backpacking boot. It's a nicely constructed leather boot with beefy hardware and an added rubber rand. Inside lining is soft glove leather. This might add a bit of weight to the package, but it also adds a ton of comfort. It has a real stiff shank and vibram soles with a nice bit of rocker. It's a fairly high-cut boot - which I like.

This is the kind of boot you want when you're going into the backcountry for a week or more - carrying a heavy pack over tough terrain. When you can't afford to twist an ankle or have something go wrong with your gear. Everything about these boots says protective and reliable.

I found them supportive and protective enough so that my feet still felt great at the end of long days. Yet, they were not so clunky and heavy that I felt awkward on talus slopes, steep trails and bushwacks.

Like many heavy backpacking boots, they don't offer much in the way of shock absorbtion. I swapped out the stock insoles for some 'shock doctor' insoles. These added a bit of extra arch support and a bit of cushioning under the heel. This has worked well for me...

With a nikwax treatment they proved to be as waterproof as I needed them to be in terms of crossing streams and sloshing through melting snow fields. No leaks at all nor wet-throughs.

They did require some break in but nothing outrageous. They were pretty comfortable out of the box, but I did get some minor hot spots on some initial break-in hikes - but pretty soon, they were like old friends.

Another nice thing: they are available in narrow, regular and wide sizing. I tried a regular and a narrow and went with the regular. Sizing felt true to the label. I wear an 8.5 street shoe, and an 8.5 in the Banffs. When you're looking for boots like this, it's great that you can get the best fitting options!
Posted Sep 23, 2005 4:45 pm

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