Hiking Gear Review: LOWA Innox Evo GTX Lo shoes

As some of you may know, I’m part of the Sport Dinaco team as an ambassador for LOWA Canada. I collaborate with companies whose products and services I love and trust, and who have values in line with my own. I get asked for a lot of advice and recommendations so it’s my pleasure to occasionally test out products and share my results. One of the products I’ve been testing from LOWA Canada over the last few months is their women’s Innox Evo GTX Lo all terrain sport shoes.

New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

 

Features

Weight: 580 g/pair

Lining: GORE-TEX®

Outsole: LOWA Enduro Evo

Upper: fabric, microfibre

 

Use

Day hikes

Scrambling

Trail running

Recreational

 

 

New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

Price

CAD $220 at https://www.lowa.ca/en/product/innox-evo-gtx-lo-ws-2-2/

Pros

They’re light, grippy, supportive but comfortable, versatile, well-fitted, and waterproof without making my feet sweat. They’re light enough to want to wear on a tough, full day hike or to throw in your overnight pack for mutli-day trips to use for dayhikes mid-trip. The lugs are just the right depth for grip on hard, rocky terrain, and the material keeps your feet secure as you stablize over the uneven ground. The low profile is nice and breezy for hot, summer days, and they fit great on my narrow feet. The gore-tex waterproof lining is fantastic for Vancouver’s year-round wet climate. They can easily tackle a rainy trail run, a still-a-bit-snowy spring hike, and the deep mud puddles found on our trails almost year-round.

 

Cons

Sometimes when wearing them for extended periods of time I wish the soles were a little cushier, and the material a little stretchier but the reality is that would be asking for a unicorn. The shoes have a soft stabilizer to protect your soles from feeling the changes in terrain (ie getting stabbed by sharp rocks, and helping prevent plantar fasciitis as you don’t need to always be flexing your foot muscles to stabilize as the shoe does it for you). Unlike other fabrics which stretch a lot with your foot’s movements, gore-tex does not stretch very much. This is required to keep your feet dry, which I’d much rather prefer. The lack of stretch also helps with stablization, helping to avoid things like rolling your ankles.

 

My verdict?

I love them (and I’m not just saying that)! I have worn them for a variety of activities and they’ve been great for everything. From scrambling up Brunswick Mountain, sweating up the Grouse Grind, canoeing Pitt Lake to hike to Widgeon Falls, and trail running through Stanley Park, they’ve been the perfect shoe.

 

New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

 

Brunswick Mountain is a tough hike in Lions Bay. Climbing 1487 metres throughout the 19 km hike, it’s a steep slog up an almost constantly loose rock path. It starts off as a gravel path, then there’s a few kms of rooty forest, then up some more loose talus, then up over the jagged mountaintop. The rubber outsole with varying lugs of medium depth are great for grip and balance required on trails like these. Shoes with too deep a lug are much less stable. Without the ankle support of a boot, stability is key.

 

New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

Photo credit: Mark Shepherd of BC Kids Hiking Club

New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

Photo credit: Mark Shepherd of BC Kids Hiking Club

New video by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

 

Back in May when the Grouse Grind still had snow in patches and lots of super wet and muddy spots, these shoes held up so well. Unlike lots of other people who had to tiptoe around these spots, I could save my energy and have a faster time by walking right through it and emerging with dry, clean feet.

 

New video by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

 

Boating to a hike surrounded by water, having waterproof shoes were great here too. I could step into the shallow water to launch the canoe without getting my feet wet, and seamlessly transition to our easy hike through the forest to Widgeon Falls.

 

New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos
New photo by Hikes Near Vancouver BC / Google Photos

 

 

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