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If you're looking for a completely locked-in feel then the Lowa Trek Evo GTX walking boots are for you.

Lowa Trek Evo GTX
Best for...
Mixed countryside and hill walking.
1140g (pair)
Overall Score
Incredible locked-in feel
Will be too narrow for some

Lowa's Trek Evo GTX walking boots almost feel like they're vacuum sealed around your foot, with a narrow fit only really suitable for narrow to medium width and feet. I normally struggle to get boots tight enough, especially around the ankle area but these Lowa Trek Evo boots can be formed very easily.

There's an extra bit of trickery on the front of the tongue to help in the locked-in feel, a circular nodule to wrap the laces around on the last pass to keep the laces tight, even after miles of walking. Grip on rocks is fairly decent, however, the grip on mud isn't fantastic, we think this is because the lugs don’t shed mud particularly well. There’s a fair amount of energy return from the EVA midsole and a fairly flat and stable walking platform, making for a decent balance between lightweight, stable, and comfortable.

The weight of the boots, at only 1140g lends them a nice nimble feeling. There is enough protection underfoot from the rocky ground, but there's still enough trail feel for that connected feeling with the ground. This well-balanced feel makes the Lowa Trek Evo boots versatile enough for use on most UK walks. Although not specifically designed for mountain walking or scrambling they do a reasonable job in these environments too.

We love the look of the Lowa Trek Evo walking boots, they look sleek and sporty but sophisticated and classy at the same time. With a low profile, they even work aesthetically with tapered-leg walking trousers. Despite being Gore-Tex lined the upper feels reasonably breathable thanks to sections of mesh helping with temperature regulation and moisture management. Durability is also good, with a low profile toe bumper up front, a reinforced heel area, and generally excellent build quality. While these boots command a premium, unlike some, they match the price tag with an equally premium feel. 

Overall, Lowa’s Trek Evo GTX are fantastic lightweight walking boots. One thing to bear in mind when buying is the narrow fit, but if your feet are a suitable match, then these are some of the best lightweight walking boots out there.

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