Eyes On: ‘DEM boots from LOWA
Big Joe Neuroth
The boss says LOWA is the best thing to happen to footwear since sutors started putting hobnails on the bottom of caligae.
None of us know what that actually means, but it damn sure sounds good.
LOWA recently us some boots from their Innox line; I was originally to wear test them during the Trails Found 16 event but the logistics didn’t work out, so I’ve just now laid eyes on and begun stomping around in them. I even remembered to spell them in all caps and pronounce them LOW-vah.
LOWA offers a wide array of boots in their line-up, from some of the best selling hiking/outdoor boots in the world (true story), to their “Task Force” series of tactical boots. LOWA has been making boots since just after the First World War; the TF versions have been around for the last couple of decades and have seen widespread service in both military and LEO units. I was to review the Innox Mid TF in coyote — and was pretty stoked to get that color. We call coyote “Mud Hut” around here (same thing we call FDE). Mud Hut is the new orange, which was the new black. Whatever. Just a couple months ago LOWA updated their Coyote color way to make it compatible with US military regs.
The Innox in mud hut is a good looking boot, but far more importantly it has (so far) proven to be a great boot to wear.
As promised, the Innoxes seem solidly constructed, using quality materials (including the same Italian rubber you’ll find in Pirelli tires). The soles appear to have a good flex and aren’t super stiff (that’s what she said). The Mid TF boots do not have Gore-Tex in them, but other models are available with that option. They also have a good amount of built-in venting. My feet typically sweat like a whore in church. Actually, it’s not just my feet, but my feet are the only thing the boot vents will help.
I digress. I’ll be interested to see if and how well the venting works.
Ankle support is excellent, and my (admittedly limited) initial wear has allayed my fears that “Euro sizing” might be an issue, though they do seem a little slimmer than comparably sized US boots. Nothing too impact comfortable wear so far.
Stand by for a full review after I’ve had the chance to break them in and . I’m cautiously optimistic…these boots may just be as good as I keep hearing (they were recently included in Travel & Leisure’s “Best Of” hiking boot list). More on that later. Meantime, here’s a quick look at LOWA’s Bavarian factory near Munich.
This Post is part of our Trails Found Series. What is Trails Found? Members of BreachBangClear and some other badass media outlets assembled together this last September to train with one of the last of what has been called the “old Border Breed”, in the desert of Arizona. That man they were training with was no other than the legendary Jim Grasky. In 1965 Jim Grasky was a young Special Forces soldier in the early 60s. He helped chase down Che Guevara and recce some of the more remote areas of Central and South America. By 1970 he was a the squadleader for a team of smoke-jumpers parachuting in to fight remote wildfires, and somewhere during that timeframe may or may not have spent a lot of time with Air America over SE Asia. For about a quarter century after that he was a Border Patrolman, and literally named BORTAC. Though Grasky is a man of many talents, one of his specialties is man tracking–which is why he developed programs specifically for USSOCOM and has taught the world over. Through your various social media outlets you can track other articles and photos related to Trails Found by searching for #TrailsFound16 and #GoodGearMatters. The TF16 event was sponsored by Grey Ghost Precision and the “Grey Ghost Mafia“.
Emergency: Activate firefly, deploy green (or brown) star cluster, get your wank sock out of your ruck and stand by ’til we come get you.
About the Author: Big Joe Neuroth may look like a special live exhibit in the primate section of a traveling circus but he’s actually a surprisingly erudite and articulate LEO of many year’s service. A corn-fed Iowa native and former Border Patrol agent, Joseph’s current job takes him all over the country and around the world in defense of Truth, Justice and the American Way. This has allowed him not just to deal with assorted malefactors from Nairobi to Panama, but also to have a wank on at least five continents. Joe enjoys training, teaching and catching bad guys almost as much as he likes bubble baths.