The last two months, I have had the pleasure of testing out the LOWA Ticam GTX boots and these boots are a pleasure to wear. Now, I know I own a wide selection of footwear and in fact I think my closet is starting to max out on boots and shoes and I am happy to rank the Ticam GTX as one of my favorites and I am looking forward to the summer and fall to get in a couple of backpacking trips in under my belt in these boots. I already have the maps pulled, the high country lakes picked out for a summer trip into the Colorado backcountry for a scouting and fishing expedition to look for a new elk honey hole and a bit of fly fishing with Marjorie.
The Lowa’s have long been on my desired list of boots after talking to some of the sheep guys who swear by their LOWA boots. Once I got a couple of days into these boots, I could see why as the fit and comfort of these boots is exceptional. The weight of these boots is lighter then what you would expect from a high end hiking and backpacking boot and the stiffness is about perfect and extremely supportive. I also really like the styling on these boots and I have gotten quite a few compliments on them.
The tongue stud and X-lacing on these boots with the I-lock for the laces allows you to get these boots snug when you need them and loose when you are looking for a relaxed fit. I personally prefer a pretty tight fit on my boots but there are rare times in the city when I want a bit more relaxed fit.
The footbed inside the Ticam GTX provides a balance insole with breathable top layer and slow reacting foam delivering out of the box customization for you foot. The insole is built to transport moisture away from the foot, eliminate pressure points and reduce fatigue. On a recent scouting and shed hunting trip, I wore these boots for a 3 hour hike in moderately warm weather and my feet and socks were dry and comfortable.
The outsole of these boots is the Vibram Tactis and provides plenty of cushioning and support on uneven and rocky terrain. My only complaint about the outsole is that it held mud pretty tightly but then I have boots for working in mud and these boots are really built for hard core backpacking and hunting.
The Lowa Ticam GTX come in 3 different colors and I am partial to the orange/black leather. The price for these boots is not for every hunter but if you are looking for a go to boot for high country hunting then these boots are worth the money that you spend on them and then some.