Approaches Perfectly optimised for the hike to the wall.
“I regard the approach as well as the tour and the actual climbing as part of the same experience. You wake up and warm up.”
— Josef Pfnür | LOWA ACTIVE Team
During the winter, the GORE-TEX membrane equipped with a cosy and warm lining (80% polyester and 20% wool) provides optimal comfort.
Vibram has been one of the leading brands of high-quality soles for many years.
TWO ZONE LACING
Thanks to the two-zone lacing system, the forefoot and upper have their own separately adjustable lacing zones. As a result, the footwear can be individually adjusted to the foot’s anatomy.
Just pull tight and lock in place: To simplify the job of tying footwear, LOWA has developed a special type of fastening hook. Special feature: the system holds the laces in place in two different zones. Once the laces have been pulled tight in the lower area, they can be locked in place with the help of the fastening hook. Simply pressing the hook fastener upwards releases the locking action and the instep laces can be loosened.
Optimum positioning of the tongue, without any slippage or pressure points: This is what X-LACING technology is all about. This special lacing system secures the tongue both vertically and horizontally. As a result, the lacing system gains independence from the height of the instep, making it perfect for any type of foot. This technology ensures that the pressure of the laces is transferred not just to the hooks but to the tongue as well.
Feet can roll more effectively if the upper of a hiking boot can be easily bent. Such a feature saves energy when the wearer climbs hills and it provides real comfort in the process. For this reason, LOWA has integrated a flexible zone and a lace loop into the instep area. This involves repositioning the boot’s eyelets and using a flexible lace hook that improves heel comfort and facilitates bending.
The specially designed footwear tongue substantially enhances comfort. The tongue includes extra padding for the outer portion of the foot, and the upper end of it is especially soft. This asymmetric padding provides optimum support to many areas of the foot. To take into account the foot’s natural anatomy, the recesses for the ankle area have also been placed higher on the inside than on the outside, and a flexible bending insert has been integrated into the inner side by the foot.
To ensure perfect fit, the lasts used for female footwear have been specially designed with the anatomy of women’s feet in mind. The last plays a key role in the ultimate fit of a boot. Women’s feet have less volume than men’s feet. As a result, the instep height and the ball area of these lasts have been altered.
Climbing zone A few rocky passages have to be cleared on the way to the rock face or the via ferrata. The sole of approach boots is equipped with a climbing zone for this purpose. The zone facilitates easier movement during small scrambling sections.
Generalist Approach routes often vary significantly. For the boot to perfectly meet every challenge, it should be designed with a broad range of uses in mind.
Sole rigidity You need to have stable footing when you venture across rough terrain. The soles of your boots need to have a certain degree of stiffness to perform this job.
Other technologies for Approaches:
Resoling LOWA boots sold in the MOUNTAINEERING and TREKKING categories are designed in a way during the development phase that they can be resoled. This process will extend their service life and make a strong contribution to sustainability.
ANATOMICAL FIT The midsole has been specially adapted to the anatomy of the foot.
PrimaLoft® 400 The high-tech insulation PrimaLoft® 400 is a world-class synthetic insulating material made of polyester (400 g/m²).
SLINGSHOT Stretched rubber, a feature taken from the realm of climbing, improves heel fit.
GORE-TEX DURATHERM Footwear equipped with the GORE-TEX DURATHERM membrane comes with a warm, waterproof and breathable lining.
PrimaLoft® 200 The high-tech insulation PrimaLoft® 200 is a world-class synthetic insulating material made of polyester (200 g/m²).
PADDED EDGING The padded edging is softer and more flexible because of women’s lower calf muscles.