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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Ahnu Lodi WB Boot Review

This low-cut, waterproof shoe is a bargain and perfect for dayhikes and light overnights.

by: Michael Lanza

Ahnu Lodi WB (Photo courtesy Ahnu)
Ahnu Lodi WB (Photo courtesy Ahnu)

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Killer Deal
Trying to stretch your shoe budget this year? Get this low-cut, waterproof hiker. An Alaska tester said, "For a light shoe, this thing rocks on long dayhikes and light overnight trips." He praised the fairly stiff midsole, which has a plastic shank, and said both the arch support and comfort improved every time he wore them. The proprietary membrane kept out water even when he stood in a lagoon, and proved reasonably breathable.

A single-pull lacing system lets you adjust fit with one hand, but doesn't permit independent tuning of the forefoot and ankle. One caution: We've seen some Ahnus blow out from hard use, but the Lodi is still going strong after six months. It runs small; go up a half-size. Best for medium- to high-volume feet. $110; 2 lbs. 2 oz. Ahnufootwear.com

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DGM
Jan 04, 2010

Jonathon -

FYI - the Lodi II is described on the AHNU website and is NOT advertised as waterproof. The Lodi WB which is the one reviewed here and shown in the picture IS supposed to be waterproof and breathable (hence the WB designation)

Jonathan
Nov 05, 2009

I just bought this from REI, the Ahnu Lodi II shoe on the picture, and it is NOT waterproof. I put it in four inches of sink water and it flowed in instantly.

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