The Lowa Innox GTX is at the forefront of the hiking footwear movement: it’s a lightweight boot that’s comfortable, nimble, and has a Gore-Tex waterproof liner. And despite weighing 2 pounds for the pair, ankle support is plenty sufficient for hauling pack for fast-moving backpacking trips. Toe and foot protection may be lacking, but for established trails and those who don’t mind to feel the road, so the speak, the Innox GTX is one of our favorite lightweight hikers on the market. Below we break down the Innox's trail performance, traction, protection, waterproofing, fit, and more. To see how the Innox GTX stacks up, see our comparison table and article on the best hiking boots.
The wrapped upper of the Innox GTX does a great job of supporting the foot and ankle. The PU frame acts like an exoskeleton, bringing solid lateral support without a major weight penalty. This proven design has been well-loved for years in Lowa’s popular Renegade boots. We were able to achieve a snug yet comfortable fit with the laces tied tight, and had no issues with ankle turns on the trail. Even while covering terrain quickly with a backpacking pack, the Innox GTX and its 1.5-inch-thick PU midsole was totally sufficient. However, if you have ankle issues or prefer a high level of support or greater isolation from the ground beneath you, you may want to look for a sturdier boot. For our style of hiking, we were totally satisfied.
The lack of protection isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but it does mean that you should give serious consideration to the type of trails you will be hiking on. We love this boot for well-groomed trails that get a lot of use (sections of the PCT or New Zealand’s Great Walks, for example), but much less for scrambling and rugged off-trail terrain.
Comfort is an area where the Innox GTX excels. The sock-like interior has few seams and a connected tongue, and the boots have ample interior cushioning around the ankle and foot. Despite not breaking them in before heavy use on a number of early season day hikes, our tester didn’t get any hot spots or areas of discomfort—one of the benefits of such a lightweight and flexible item. And the experience was the same even after a difficult backpacking trip in the canyon country of Utah. In terms of fit, the Innox GTX is pretty true to size, but if anything, runs a little narrow. If you often find yourself in-between sizes or have wider feet, we recommend sizing up.
What We Like
- Light, nimble, and comfortable.
- Just enough support, durability, and protection for fastpacking.
- For the weight, trail performance is excellent.
What We Don’t
- Minimal toe and all-around foot protection.
- At full retail price, we feel the boot is a little too expensive. Most of the direct competition is $30 cheaper or more.
|Lowa Innox GTX Mid||$210||Lightweight||2 lb. 0 oz.||Yes (Gore-Tex)||Synthetic|
|Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX||$165||Lightweight||2 lb. 0 oz.||Yes (Gore-Tex)||Suede leather / nylon|
|Adidas Terrex Swift R Mid GTX||$160||Lightweight||1 lb. 12 oz.||Yes (Gore-Tex)||Synthetic|
|Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX||$230||Midweight||2 lb. 13 oz.||Yes (Gore-Tex)||Nubuck leather / mesh|
|Lowa Renegade GTX Mid||$230||Midweight||2 lb. 7 oz.||Yes (Gore-Tex)||Nubuck leather|
Price notwithstanding, we absolutely love these boots—they have a solid spot in our quiver for anything fast and light, and a place among our favorite hiking boots. $210 is a lot given the thinner construction, putting them is close contention with burly boots like the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX (see our in-depth review) or even Lowa’s own Renegade GTX. It's here that we struggle to see the value in the Innox as they more closely resemble a lightweight option like the Adidas Terrex Swift R ($160) or Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 ($165). However, the overall quality is impressive, and so is the weight and trail feel. All in all, the Innox GTX do a great job of playing off the trail shoe concept but with increased support, a formula that should please fast packers and day hikers alike.
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