- LOWA UK Team
LOWA Renegade Series
Here at LOWA, we have over 90 years of experience in supplying outdoor boots to anyone who needs them. We pay attention to every single detail in the design process and manufacture in Europe to earn our reputation for building the world’s most comfortable and durable boots as many climbers, mountaineers, hikers and certified quality testers can attest. Whilst we may know all there is to know about our boots, inside and out, we are aware that many of our customers or potential customers are less likely to be as informed as this. We have decided to begin a Get to Know series whereby we explore everything there is to know about each design, how it works, why this is effective and which sport each is best-suited to, so you can make supported decisions on which pair are right for all of your wants, needs and requirements.
Meet the Renegade Mid
The first in our series is the LOWA Renegade, one of the world’s best-selling walking boots. Made in Europe using all European components and leather, the Renegade Mid is designed to be a lightweight boot that offers a great level of support without too much bulk. It’s the ideal option of everyday walking, hill walks and long-distance paths and trails.
The core unique selling point of the Renegade Mid is without a doubt the comfort it provides to walkers and it is designed with this in mind; with all the support and protection you require from a walking boot and then some. Each and every component used, from the sole to the Gore-Tex and everything in between, is implemented with comfort in mind and this will not feel clumpy or heavy like the more traditional variety of hiking boots. It is the comfortable nature of the boots that really blows apart the standards offered by competitors, and one of the main reasons for this is the use of direct injection technology.
How it Works
LOWA are experts in direct injection construction and understand exactly how it works and how it can be implemented for the best possible outcome. The process means that rather than making a sole unit as one piece and then gluing it to the upper as a separate piece, the upper is directly attached to the sole by the PU cushioning layer. Essentially, the PU cushioning is squirted in as a liquid during construction, making a seamless fusion of the upper to the rubber outsole without the need for glue. There is a plethora of advantages to utilising this design for walking boots in particular. Some of these include:
- Direct injection technology does not require glue, which has proven to be typically harmful to both factory workers and the environment.
- That means that there’s no glue to break down and degrade over time, meaning the flex is likely to stay consistent for the life of the boot.
- Utilising this method means that there is no need for the addition of a stiffening board to the midsole. This is not necessary when direct injection technologies, making the finished boot weigh less and feeling far more flexible underfoot.
- This method means that your foot will sit atop the PU layer, making it feel more springy or bouncy and helping with your general walking comfort.
- The Renegade Mid takes it one step further by using a dual layer version of direct injection, with two densities of PU – one for support and one for cushioning.
- Finally, the construction process integrates MONOWRAP frame construction into the design of the boot, meaning the PU frame builds up around the sides of the boot. This creates more structure and support for the foot without adding weight to the shoe itself.
The upper of the Renegade is made from a premium nubuck leather, which is as supple as it is highly supportive. Not only will this give you exceptional comfort from your first wear out the box, but the boot will mould and contour the individual shape of each foot – you’ll soon forget you’re wearing them! The leather upper is backed up with a Gore-Tex lining, guaranteeing them to be fully waterproof and the ultimate protection for your feet in the face of all weathers. The rubber outsole is made by Vibram and this strikes the perfect balance between grip and durability – two priorities to consider when it comes to walking boots and their features. The boots are easy to pull on thanks to the low friction metal hardware and the metal hooks include an extra set-back hook so as to provide an even more perfect fit around the heel.
Built to Fit
One of the best aspects of the Renegades is that they are built on different Lasts depending on what gender they are for. We acknowledge that there are generally undeniable differences between the shape of each gender’s feet, so the women’s version is designed specifically with a women’s foot in mind and vice versa. The Renegade is also available in three different fit versions so as to accommodate as many people as possible, with regular, slim and wide feet options all available depending on your preferences. The majority of sizes are also catered for with the men’s boots available in sizes 7-15 including half sizes and women’s boots available in 2.5 – 9 including half sizes. This is yet another example of LOWA being ahead of the game in comparison to other walking boots that adopt a less-flexible, one-size-fits-all approach.
With all of the features and capability of the Renegade, you might be expecting an ugly, clunky boot that is almost embarrassing to put on. Rest assured you’ll be striding with pride when kitted out with the sleek, minimalist design of this boot, and it is available in a large variety of colours, meaning you won’t have to succumb to the classic ‘boring brown boot’ unless you really want to!
That concludes our in-depth analysis of the Renegade series, how it works and what sets this design aside from the rest. We hope we have provided lots of information and perhaps even a little inspiration on where to look for your next new pair of hiking boots for wide feet. Have you got a pair of Renegades already? Let us know what you think via the comments on our social media channels! Those that are looking to take their hobby to the next level should check out our recent blog post, Eight Hiking Hacks, so you can put those new boots to good use!