Out-of-the-box comfort and performance!
Verified Buyer Reviewed by mntnldy from Upstate NY on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I got these for a hike to Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington (NH) in early May-condition reports suggested crampons and I needed a crampon compatible boot. I have BD Contact Strap-which work with just about any boot, but wanted to be prepared for semi-technical conditions if a summit attempt was in the cards. After doing some research on women's entry-level mountaineering boots, these were at the top of many lists. I only had a day to walk around in them prior to my hike, so not much of a break-in period. Right out of the box, however, with good liner and hiking socks these were amazing! Great support on the short, steep 2.4 mile trail from Pinkham Notch to the Ravine. Strapped on crampons on some steep, icy pitches and front pointed easily up those parts of the trail. This boot is just stiff enough, but not so much so that they are uncomfortable on a level trail. Aggressive lugs got me up and down the trail when crampons weren't required. Very happy with this purchase-my first experience with Lowa, but I'm impressed!