The Summer hiking season is here, and with the change in season comes a change in footwear for the hills. Unless we get another cold snap, it’s time to put the winter boots away and crack out your fair-weather hiking boots.
We’ve been testing out the Lomer Keswick GTX in both mens and womens style for the past few weeks. First impressions out the box are that these boots are a good looking, well built leather boot, perfect for long days in the hills. They came with red laces as standard but with a spare black set if you choose to swap. Much like the Danner MTN Light we tested, I’m a fan of the red laces as it makes the boots pop!
Let’s talk tech
A full-grain leather upper, Vibram sole, and waterproof liner put the Lomer Keswick in the same catergory as the Scarpa Ranger and the Meindl Bhutan – a very good group to be a part of. The leather feels very high quality, as you’d expect from an Italian boot and the Vibram sole adds a chunky base to this sillouhete. Personally, I would like to see a higher rand around the lower part of the boot as this is where boots tend to wear first when worn on rocky terrain.
Inside the boot, the Mer-Tex waterproof lining is Lomer’s version of Gore-tex and as far as I can tell, it does the job nicely.
Out on the trails
We’ve been enjoying our local trails a lot recently. Warmer, lighter evenings makes it easy to head out after a days work to enjoy a couple of hours bimbling around in the hills.
Firstly, I was impressed at how comfortable the Keswick GTX was straight out the box. Because the leather upper is so soft and supple, they didn’t take any breaking in like a lot of leather boots do. Like most Italian boots they have a very narrow fit which could be a problem for someone with a wider foot, but on the whole, they’re a comfortable boot.
As far as weight goes, the Lomers are a fairly lightweight, nimble boot in comparison to other boots in the same class. They don’t feel clumpy and cumbersome which is a nice change – somewhere in between a heavy leather boot and a lightweight synthetic hiker.
On the whole, the Lomer Keswick GTX is a great looking, super comfortable hiking boot. If you’re looking for an entry-level leather boot with a solid Vibram sole and a waterproof lining, this boot is for you!
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