For years, Lowa has built a reputation as one of the finest boot maker on the market – be it for the hiking enthusiast, alpine professional, or soldier, their product seem to rise to the top of many shopping lists. I recently got a pair of their new Innox GTX Mid from their Task Force military line. The boot itself is a “tactical” version of the civilian Innox, which bears resemblance to their successful Renegade GTX. Much like the Z-8S GTX and Elite Desert, the Innox GTX are well crafted and thought out. They incorporate a genuine GORE-TEX lining throughout the boot to keep your feet dry and healthy for whatever activity you pursue. The Innox, at 920 g, are 200 g lighter than the already light Zephyr.

The Innox TF weigh about half of what my issued boots weight. Using a Speedlace system on the upper part of the boots makes it easier to tie and get the boots as tight as you need them. The outsole is Lowa’s own PU mix which they call NXT. Along with the MONOWRAP 1 TPU stabilizer, they are made to minimize boot torsion and offer maximum cushioning.

I decided to put the Lowa Innox TF through their paces right away with a rather great challenge. I went hiking the Bonds in New Hampshire. To those unfamiliar with these mountains, the round trip is 32 kilometers (20 miles) varying from forested area to rocky ridgelines. I would have a 60 liter pack loaded with water, food, spare clothing and shelter. Not that heavy but still heavy considering the distance I would have to cover and in some places a very steep incline. I was prepared, but knew my legs would feel it.

Lowa Innox GTX Mid TF: Ultralight Boots