Lowa Lady Light ReviewDecember 7, 2016
- Lightweight feel
- Fits foot snugly
- Comfortable feel of a day hiking shoe
- Longer break in period
- Better suited for day hiking or light backpacking
The Lowa Lady Light is a great boot that functions for backpacking with moderate loads or for long day hikes. It has a traditional leather design that is both durable and stable though it does require a bit of time to break in. It is an excellent boot but is the most expensive boot of all those tested by a considerable amount.
Support & Stability
The Lady Light uses a polyurethane (PU) midsole, which Lowa claims lasts longer than the EVA midsole that many other boots use. The Lady Light comes with a Balance Comfort footsole and is designed with a women’s specific last which proves to be comfortable, even on long days in the backcountry. The boots provide good ankle support while utilizing a deep notch on the back of the boot which makes it more comfortable around the calf.
The nubuck leather uppers on this boot is both durable and classy. It makes for a boot that is initially a bit stiffer but that softens up after a couple uses and protects well against the elements. Like all the boots tested, it features a Gore-Tex lining, so stream crossings are no problem. The thin laces are easy to use with its 3 metal clasps, and an innovative tongue stud helps with better pressure distribution when lacing up the boot.
One factor of the Lady Light boot is that they took a couple trips to break in before they didn’t cause any rubbing or blisters. However, once broken in they were very comfortable and felt the most like a pair of day hikers rather than a heavy pair of backpacking boots. Of all the boots tested, these were the most comfortable around the ankle because of the notched back.
The sole of the boot uses Trac Lite II, which provides lots of grip on rocky surfaces. It has a unique tread pattern, which utilizes deep open grooves. When crossing slick granite slabs the Lady Light always felt secure even with a heavy pack.
A single boot weights 21 ounces but this boot has the feel of a day hiker more than any other boot tested. It feels quite light and therefore is perfectly suited for backpacking trips with a light pack.
Adrianne Bouchard is a triathlete, skier, backpacker and lover of all things outdoors based in the Tahoe area.