FR: Lowa Ferrox shoes- Nancy Griffith
- Hi Kara,
I've posted my FR for the Ferrox shoes to the test folder. Thanks in advance for checking it out and providing edits.
I'm enjoying these shoes!
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Relief FR">>I wore the Ferrox shoes for three backpacking trips, eight day-hikes and multiple other uses such as mountain biking, disc golf and softball. They saw approximately 24 days of use and 120 miles.
Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 20 mi (32 km); 6,300 to 7,600 (1,920 to 2,316 m); 38 to 75 F (3 to 24 C) with cloudy to clear conditions; gusty breezes; 18 lb (8 kg) pack weight.
Pacific Crest Trail, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 40 mi (64 km); 4,573 to 8,411 (1,394 to 2,564 m); 45 to 75 F (7 to 24 C) with clear conditions; high winds on passes; 20 lb (9 kg) pack weight.
Two Peaks Trail, El Dorado National Forest, California: 3 days; 6,560 and 8,220 ft (2,000 and 2,505 m) elevation; 55 to 72 F (13 to 22 C) with clear to cloudy and windy conditions; 15 lb (7 kg) pack weight.
I wore the shoes both with and without gaiters. When I wasn't wearing gaiters there was an accumulation of small rocks and dirt especially when hiking off-trail, so after that I have worn gaiters with them for backpacking.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Bassi FR">>The shoes have performed well over the field test period. I was very happy to find that the waterproof liner didn't cause my feet to get overheated as I have found with other boots. The breathability seemed very good but it may be in part that they are low-cut shoes.
The shoes were always comfortable while keeping my feet dry. They have been completely waterproof on stream crossings although the low-cut height of a shoe doesn't allow me to step very deeply into a stream or else the water can flow right over the top. I have also found the waterproof liner to be great at keeping out dust. At the end of a long day of dusty trails, my companions have filthy socks from all of the dust that works its way right through their shoes. My socks however appear to be perfectly clean although they are certainly sweaty.
I haven't had any issues with hot spots or blisters although my feet are pretty resilient and used to hiking so that rarely happens anyway. The fit is great and I like the streamlined cut so that I don't feel like I'm wearing clunky clown shoes. I am able to tighten the laces when necessary to keep my toes from sliding on steep downhill sections. But I have also worn them with the laces being very loose too. The sole is stiffer than running shoes but not as stiff as hiking boots.
The traction has been outstanding and I'm confident that I won't slip in these shoes except in loose scree which will cause any shoe to slip. They work great for disc golf where there is a need to keep a strong grip on the ground during a tee shot. They have also had a good grip in wet conditions and on wet granite.
The durability has been good so far. The soles are wearing well and show no signs of delaminating from the upper. The uppers still look in good shape despite having some dirt stains. I haven't cleaned them but just knock them together to get the loose dust and dirt off. Even the laces are holding up with no signs of wear or fraying.
Overall I'm very happy with these shoes. They have been a lightweight shoe while still providing waterproof (and dustproof) properties that I have come to appreciate.
The LOWA Ferrox GTX Lo shoes are a lightweight pair of hiking shoes which still provide good support and traction.
This concludes my Field report. Please check back in a couple of months for my Long-Term report. Thanks to Lowa and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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- Hi Nancy;The report looks great, nice to see the shoes (and you!) getting so much trail timeI just have one minor edit/comment below.
See ya in a few months for the LTR.
***But I have also worn them with the laces being very loose too.
Edit/Comment: Consider rewording to: I have also worn them laced very loosely as well.~~~"Making the world a better place is not only your responsibility, it is your joy, it is your blessing, it is your gift, it's your opportunity to make your life mean something, so take it." ~ Derrick N. Ashong