Lowa Mauria GTX Ws Boot Review
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Just the facts:
The ultimate hunting & trekking boot for women offers an array of comfort features such as the LOWA Flex® lacing system that reduces pressure along the top of the foot, the anatomically designed C4 Tongue, and X-Lacing for precise foot hold. Rubber toe and heel caps provide extra protection against rocks and scree. Durably waterproof/breathable. Made on a women’s-specific last.
- Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
- Upper Protection: Rubber Toe & Heel Protection
- Construction: Board Lasted – Cemented Sole
- Lining: GORE-TEX®
- Lacing Hardware: Open and Closed Hooks
- Additional Hardware: X-Lacing®
- Additional Hardware 2: Roller Eyelets
- Special Lacing: LOWA Flex®
- Tongue Construction: C4 – Tongue®
- Insole Climate Control Footbed
- Midsole: DuraPU™ with SPS System
- Sole: VIBRAM® Apptrail
- Stabilizer: Hard
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Weight (lb) 2.75
- Resolable: Yes
I am picky when it comes to footwear. The look and feel of the Mauria GTX W’s when I opened the box was promising, but I knew they would need to be put through their paces. I can tell you up front that these boots perform beautifully from sea level up to 6500′ and I recommend them!
Trip #1: day hiking along the coast in Olympic National Park. 8 miles round-trip through a muddy forest trail, down to the beach, and out along the sand and surf. Pack-weight was around 25 lbs (and I ended up picking up an additional 7 lbs in garbage from the beach). My feet were dry and warm the entire time. I felt comfortable walking across the varying terrain. They performed well as I rock-hopped and navigated the slippery coast. On the way back I decided to really test them out and plunged into the muddiest parts of the trail. The boots never faltered. They stayed snug on my feet and never let any water in.
Photo credit: Joy Cross
Trip #2: backpacking in early season conditions up to Lake Ingalls (9 miles round-trip to camp and more miles exploring the area). Pack-weight over 40 lbs (full overnight setup with stove, fuel, pump, winter clothes, etc). We approached with snow on the trail and plenty of slush and mud. During the two days there, the conditions went from ice to mud and everything between. Once again, the Mauria GTX W’s were awesome! I felt steady and comfortable in the slippery conditions. My feet were comfortable and never felt sore. After setting up camp, the boots were perfect for some easy scrambling and exploring around the lake and beyond. I was happy to put them on first thing in the morning and didn’t take them off until we were back at the car.
Photo credit: Craig Weber
What could be done better:
Nothing! I hiked with these boots and my usual sock layers (one thin, one thick). I might try a different insole for extra cushioning for multi-day treks only because of the added weight I’ll be carrying, but these were perfect as-is for day hiking and backpacking.