Reviewers recommend this low-cut waterproof hiking shoe for day hiking and ultralight backpacking with loads up to about 20 pounds. It's also suitable for ordinary wear, with enough cushioning for use as a travel or everyday shoe. The waterproofing on the all-leather uppers is supplemented by a seamless, breathable Gore-Tex lining, which may become uncomfortable on hot days. Both men and women praise the shoe's traction, but it dries slowly thanks to no mesh at all in the uppers and gets mixed reviews for durability and support. If additional ankle support is a necessity, consider the very popular Lowa Renegade GTX Mid (*Est. $220).
We found detailed single-product reviews praising the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo at About.com and at Woodall's Camping Life Magazine. The review at Outside magazine is brief, but based on comparison tests in the field. We found owner-written reviews at REI.com, though most cover the mid-cut version that provides ankle support.
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The About.com guide to walking gives the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo a perfect 5-star rating in this long, detailed single-product review based on her personal testing. She praises the shoe's waterproofing, traction, comfort and top-quality construction. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo Hiking and Walking Shoe, Wendy Bumgardner, April 2012
Based on extensive field tests, Outside magazine editors recommend the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo for good support and performance, saying "These sturdy mud-lovers hand a whuppin' to slick roots, scratchy underbrush, and heinous descents." The main drawback is that the all-leather uppers take a long time to dry.
Review: Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo, Marcus Woolf, Nov. 2010
Fewer than 10 reviewers rate the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo model. It earns praise for good traction, ankle support, waterproofing and comfort, but there are questions of durability. One reviewer calls these shoes "bomb proof" while another says: "Great shoes, but within 2 weeks of wear the leather around the eyelet hole for the laces pulled through."
Review: Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo Cross-Training Shoes -- Men's, Contributors to REI.com
Less than 10 reviewers weigh in on the Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX Lo Hiking Shoe, giving it a 4.5-star average score. The collective verdict is that these shoes are comfortable and well-built, although they can be a little tight in the toes. One user comments that they're the "most expensive shoes I have bought, but seem to be worth the cost."
5. Woodall's Camping Life Magazine
The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo and the higher-cut boot version are the only footwear to make it into this roundup of favorite gear for 2011, from the editors of Woodall's Camping Life Magazine. They praise the Renegade II, in particular, for its comfort.
Review: 2011 Editors' Choice: Our Favorite Gear of the Year, Stuart Bourdon, 2011