• Great Review, Mark! Sounds like I need a set of those insoles. I suffer from nerve issues on the balls of my feet that cause severe pain that comes and goes like the wind. I’ve tried nearly every insole on the market to no avail.

    • SoleAdventure

      They’re great insoles, Tom. I can’t say how they would treat your issue, but they’ve certainly put a lot of thought and research into the materials and design. Give them a call; they’re known for great advice – even if it’s not their product.

    • Mark Simpson

      Tom, I worked in orthopedic bracing for several years and with issues like that we would often just cut a hole in the insole/padding etc. to create space where the nerve point is, essentially bridging the load to the surrounding area. Adding additional padding just creates more pressure. It might feel weird at first, but it was a simple solution that seemed to work as often as not.

      • Mark Simpson, that’s a great recommendation – thank you! I can’t quite verbally describe the pain but it is so severe I can’t put any amount of weight on it. It’s like radiating intense burning but you can push on the spot and it doesn’t hurt a bit. It’s strange because it NEVER happens wearing low-top footwear but the minute I wear an above-the-ankle boot, it’s just a matter of time. That’s the only thing I can point to as being consistent. And it happens on either or both feet too without any frequency pattern. And as soon as it comes, it can fade to no pain in 10-15 minutes…or hours. I just never know. The strange thing is you can press on that “hot spot” all you want and it won’t hurt. I’ve tried everything under the sun except what you just suggested, so thank you – I’m eager to try it!

        • Edward Wilson

          I know this post is 2 years old, but what you are describing is a nerve pain that probably does not originate at the point of pain (I am a family doc). Radiating, intense burning sure sounds like a nerve pain. It does not hurt to push there, so that spot is not the origin. Since it only happens when you put on higher shoes, the origin is probably where the nerve runs around the bottom of the maleolus or even higher on the ankle. You may be able to check that out by finding a pressure point around the ankle that can create the sensation. Sort of like the nerve pain you get in your little finger when you hit the ‘funny bone’, a nerve exposed as it runs around your elbow. Hope this helps you or someone else.

          • Tom Ryle

            Thanks, Edward. I appreciate the insight, and I have always felt it was a nerve issue too…just not sure where. I will be experimenting with an ace bandage wrap to see if I can pinpoint the spot. It seems that no matter how loose or tight I lace boots, I get the same result. So I figure working with an Ace wrap might reproduce the pain in my feet. Thanks again!!

          • Edward Wilson

            Tom, ACE May not work. The nerve is being irritated at a specific point, not just from overall pressure. Hope you figure out how to fix it. I have a pair of Rangers on order so will get first trial of Lowa boots soon.

          • Tom Ryle

            Good point. maybe I’ll wear some boots today on a hike from my house (huge ridge out my front door) and let it get irritated, then press, poke, and prod to see if I can’t find the “hot” nerve. I wish I could Botox it permanently or something.

  • Rob McConnell

    Great review Mark! quick question, how long did it take to break them in?

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question, Rob. It’s hard to put an exact number on that. I didn’t have any real issues out of the box, but I also noticed that they were more comfortable after 10-15 miles, and then really felt more “fitted” to my feet after 40-50 miles. I hope that helps.

  • COBowhunter

    Great review Mark!! You hit the nail on the head. I’ve used the boots for 3 years now, from day hikes to high country elk hunts and they have never let me down. I have horrible ankles and low arches, these boots have saved my ankles more than once and never leave my feet feeling fatigued even after 10-15 mile days over some pretty rocky terrain..

    • SoleAdventure

      So it isn’t just me that’s in love with these boots? Ha ha!

  • Will

    Sold! I’m a huge fan of Lowa – I wear the Renegade and will upgrade to this boot for my backpacking trip in Glacier. Can’t wait! Thanks for the comprehensive review, Mark.

    • SoleAdventure

      My pleasure, Will. I hope the Tibets work out great for you. They’re certainly up to handling a backpacking trip in Glacier.

  • Mark Simpson

    I have a pair of the Hunter GTX Extremes, which are basically the insulated 10 inch version of the Tibet. Out of curiosity I pulled the plastic heel-cups from my old Danners and really liked them with the Lowas. Other custom insoles I’ve tried feel cramped to me, but for me those really finish the boot. I’ve had Danners for years including several guiding in Alaska in the nineties, but have to admit these Lowas are in a whole different league. Anyway, I figured I wasn’t the only one with a couple pairs of worn out Danners floating around so I thought I’d throw that out there. Great thorough review.

  • Donnie

    Since I’ll hopefully be going on my first elk hunt in 2015, I’m trying to get my “gear list” checked off. Would a boot like this be something you’d wear for everyday hunting purposes and not just for rough terrain in elk country? It just seems pointless (to me) to buy a costly boot and only wear one to two weeks out of the year and not every year at that. Would these boots be overkill for everyday hunting in a place like Virginia?

    • SoleAdventure

      Donnie, you’re right. It’s tough to justify a big purchase if you’ll only use it once. I plan on elk hunting every year that I can, so not only will I get years and years out of these boots in the future, but I also wear them for other activities. I do a lot of hiking/backpacking outside of hunting, so these are perfect for that. Are they overkill for Virginia?…Probably. But would they do a great job?…Absolutely. I wear these boots for hunting whitetails in the midwest, unless I need something insulated.

      • Donnie

        Just ordered the Lowa Tibet GTX. Amazon had them on sale for $250. :)

  • Gabe Goodwin

    Thanks for the review, Mark! I am going on my first CO elk hunt in the backcountry this September, and have been looking at this boot, as well as the Tibet LL (leather lined) model. I’m looking at the leather lined as opposed to gore tex because my feet sweat very easily, which in the past while wearing gore tex boots has wet the inside of the boot and freezes my feet once the temperatures drop. It seems like the leather lined models would breathe much better and cut down on the sweating, and I could apply nikwax to waterproof them.
    Do your gore tex lined boots breathe fairly well? Have they caused your feet to sweat much?

    • SoleAdventure

      Hi Gabe. I thought about trying the LL version as well, but the Gore-Tex version as treated me fine. I use a silk liner, and a good pair of merino socks, and my feet stay comfortable and dry.

      • Gabe Goodwin

        Even with merino socks, my feet still sweat considerably, but I’ve never tried a sock liner. Which kind do you use?

  • Jim from IL

    Like my post about the first lite gear I have to say your post and reviews saved my feet on this years elk hunt. In past trips to Co I tried several different boots. Only to find I myself re-applying mole skin throughout the hunt. This year at the last minute I ordered a pair of tibets. With hardly zero break-in the boots work great and were a true blessing on my extended back country trip. I have even started wearing them her in IL hunting whitetails. Thanks again for the advice.

    • SoleAdventure

      Very cool, Jim. I am even more impressed with my Tibets now that I have two years of time with them, and have had a chance to test them with a 100lb+ load of elk meat. As I tell people, if they fit your feet, they’re phenomenal boots.

  • Hello Mark. I just found this great website after many hours on Google trying to find the best info to prepare my 1st Elk bowhunting trip coming up in September of 2015. It will be my first guided hunt and I am looking forward to it. I actually dropped off 30 pounds since August and getting in top shape so I can push my guide up those mountains;). I want to congratulate you on everything you share because I read a lot, trying to find the most valuable info to get ready for this hunt and this seems to be the spot. I have been guiding over 20 years in northern Québec, Canada for bear moose and turkey and I am aware that the Rockies has a totally different terrain to offer. My question: The Lowa Tibets when you say they are great when you pack a 50 pound + load, but are they good for the job even light weight?

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Daniel! LOWA claims that the Tibet is “ideal” for carrying 50lb+ loads, which is obviously important for elk hunters. Now that I’ve used the Tibets to pack out well over a 100lb load for nearly 6 miles of mountainous terrain, I would say that LOWA’s claim is true. I’ve been wearing the Tibets for nearly 3 years now, but probably less than 10% of the time I’ve had a load of 50lbs or more on my back. So, yes, they’re still great boots when you’re not packing heavy loads. I’ve used them for hiking and hunting in numerous areas of the country with a wide variety of terrain, and I’ve yet to be disappointed with them.

  • Neil Martin

    Thanks for the review Mark. One question about width. I have a narrow foot, and am a big fan of a couple of other Lowa models in a narrow width. Do you have any perspectives regarding how the Tibet would work for a narrow width foot?

    • SoleAdventure

      Hey Neil, I can’t really say for sure. My foot is pretty average in width, so I don’t have the “narrow perspective”. I have heard a few guys say that standard Tibet is too narrow for them, and that they require the wide version. Sorry I can’t be of much help.

      • Neil Martin

        Actually that was helpful Mark! Best of luck with the site and your adventures in 2015!

  • Jeroen

    Hi Mark great review. I currently own 2 pairs of Lowa Baffin Pro with the leather lining. The Tibet also comes with leather lining (and of course the gore-tex wich one do you prefer? I do get sweaty feet in my current leather linings (mostly around the shaft) but it dries quickly. Would the GT be cooler?

    • SoleAdventure

      Can’t say for sure, as I haven’t personally tried the leather-lined version. I’m super happy with the GT though.

  • Chad Lindstrom

    Great review on the boots Mark. Just received mine and have been wearing them around the house. I typically wear a 10.5 in gym shoes and ordered the same for my boots. It seems these boots are slightly bigger as my foot is slipping a bit. When I try tightening them more, my feet get achy. Would the insoles you use (synergy) eat up some room to perhaps make the boots fit slightly better (in your opinion) or should I send them back and try a 10.0? What size gym shoe do you typically wear and what size Tibet do you wear?Thanks for any advice as I will be headed to CO for my first elk hunt in September of 2016. Chad

    • SoleAdventure

      Yes, my “boot size” is typically a half-size smaller than most casual or athletic shoes. Sounds like a 10 is worth a try, just make sure that you still have enough room at the end of your toe so that your toes won’t be hitting the boot while hiking downhill.

  • Adam P

    Hey Mark – Great review and great website. I just ordered the Tibet GTX and Tibet GTX Hi’s, I’m really liking them both so I’m having a hard time deciding between the two. One thing I like about the standard height Tibets is they have the pivoting lace stud and the Hi’s do not. Other than that they both feel good. Is there any reason you didn’t go with the Hi’s? I’m just trying to consider all factors before I make my decision and return one of them.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Adam. I really like the pivoting laces, so that is a factor – but in general I just find “hiker height” boots to be more comfortable than than taller counterparts. It’s definitely a personal decision though.

  • Eduardo Nogueira

    Hey Mark. Thats a great review!
    Well, I´m not a hunter at all but I do hiking on mountains, as Im living in Germany, I would like to get a german boot to explore the region. I have a pair of Lowa Tibet Pro, which has a superb mid-sole. I would like to know temperatures you have faced with your boots, have you used them in cold conditions, what kind of socks did you use? I know, its a lot of questions, but we are in winter here and temperatures around 5 celsius and I feel a bit “fresh” wearing only one pair of socks. What do you recommend?
    Thanks again!

    • SoleAdventure

      HI Eduardo,

      I’ve used them from 30-90 (F). The warmth level will vary from person to person and will greatly depend on the activity level. If I’m hiking and active at lower temps, they’re plenty warm; if I’m stationary I’ll get cold toes.


  • Kent Coen

    I just purchased a new pair of Lowa Tibet GTX Gortex lined boots. What do you recommend I use for continual waterproofing and care.

    Hope I didn’t miss it somewhere on your site; I am a first time reader.

    Thank you.

    Kent Coen

    • SoleAdventure

      I have used Obenauf’s on my Tibets, which has worked out great.

  • Richie Erueti

    Great review. I currently wear Lowa Zephyr GTX and have found them to be great hunting boots but they don’t hold up well in wet weather… On that note I’m interested in the Tibet’s for their ruggedness but mainly for their waterproofing however I’m not a big fan (or really understand the purpose) of the stiff vibram sole… I prefer some flex in my boot as 99% of what I do is short duration hunts of a few hours or so with just a Camelbak and a rifle where I traverse streams, wet paddocks/fields and steep muddy banks often during wet weather. I’ve tried the Tibet’s on in the store however I was really put off by the rigid sole which felt kind of painful and difficult to stalk in but I’d really like a very durable waterproof boot with a high cut… Are these boots only for heavy pack out hunts of a long duration in mountainous terrain and therefore completely unsuitable for what I do, and if so can you recommend a similar boot but with a less rigid sole?

    • Mark Huelsing

      If you don’t want rigid, you don’t want the Tibet. I like the Tibets for heavy loads in steep, off-trail terrain, but they sound overkill for what you need. For a lighter, more flexible boot I choose the Salomon Quest 4D. They still offer good support (I packed an elk out with them last year), but they are not nearly as stiff and are much suited to a greater variety of loads and terrain.

  • Charley Morgan

    Thanks for the review Mark. After reading this review I ordered the Tibet Superwarm boots in my normal size and the length of the boot is fine but they seem quite tight around the forefoot. All my other boots are medium and I think the wide would be too big. Do these break in fairly well and loosen up a bit as they do?

  • BigArmyBrad

    What size do you wear in these? I have a rather large size and have a hard time finding boots. I see these come in my size but was wondering about weight/size ratio?

    • I am an 11.5 in these boots. Not sure how the weight would increase along with the larger sizes.