LOWA Phoenix GTX Mid Hiking Boot

This supportive yet cushy hiking boot boasts the best combination of comfort and protection in the lineup.
Phoenix GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Support

Our feet felt protected and pampered at the same time, thanks to a firm polyurethane midsole topped with a soft memory foam insole. That, combined with secure mid-height ankle support, enabled the Phoenix to handle 50-pound packs on steep inclines and off-camber trails in the Adirondacks.

Protection

The thick toe bumper and the leather-and-textile upper armored our feet when we were hiking off-trail through rocky terrain in British Columbia—all without any signs of wear.

Comfort

The memory foam insole gave these shoes a decadent, custom feel that became even more comfortable as we piled on the miles. The uppers conformed to our tester’s wide feet after a few short hikes.

Traction

The sticky rubber and wide, triangle-shaped lugs held their grip on wet rocks and muddy trails, and the pronounced heel braked well on soft downhill trails.