Why We Chose It: Versatile, practical, vegan-friendly
German brand Lowa has built a solid reputation for turning out sturdy and robust boots for walking, trekking and mountaineering. Many of their classic models, like the renowned Renegade and Explorer boots, use a tried-and-tested all-leather construction. Today however, an increasing number of outdoorsy types have embraced veganism or plant-based lifestyles, whether for ethical, environmental or health reasons. As such, this has increased the demand for leather-free boots.
The Trek Evo GTX is Lowa’s answer. It’s a fully synthetic boot, focused on all-day comfort. The use of fully synthetic materials not only ensures it is vegan-friendly, but also saves weight. It contains plenty of other innovative tech too, which makes it a great all-round hiking or hillwalking boot suitable for three-season use. But unlike many other lightweight synthetic boots, the Trek Evo is fully resoleable, extending its effective life and therefore improving its sustainability credentials too.
What Is The Lowa Trek Evo GTX Mid Best Suited To?
Though it’s described as a trekking boot, in a UK context it makes a great three-season all rounder for hiking, hillwalking and backpacking. It comes in at a decent weight, but is still sturdy and robust enough to take into the mountains, whilst also providing plenty of comfort and cushioning for big days with or without a heavy pack. Basically, it’s a very versatile boot with a modern design that works well for mixed terrain and multiple uses.
The uppers are constructed from a mix of fabric and tougher synthetic overlays, backed with a Gore-Tex waterproof-breathable membrane for reliable wet weather performance. The boot contains no leather or animal-based glues, ensuring it is completely vegan-friendly.