For me, a comfortable hiking shoe can be almost anything. It mostly depends on where I am going as to what shoe I am going to wear on my adventure. Soft, moist soil through a dense forest is a lightweight hiking shoe such as the Keen Haven CNX. For intense rugged, steep and rocky terrain, I look for my Danner Zigzag Boots. Then, I also have a pair of Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail N1s. These shoes are my "rolling hills" trail runners as well as my lightweight hikers. Since my hiking shoe choices vary, it seems fitting to throw in the Lowa Ferrox as well!
- UPPER: Lightweight synthetic.
- LINING: Waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX®.
- MIDSOLE: Sleek, stabilizing dual-density PU. Facilitates the natural roll-through motion of the foot.
- OUTSOLE: LOWA NXT, for traction and durability, provides the utmost in comfort.
- Weight: 1.5lbs (WMS 6.5)
- MSRP: $175
I love trail running and love wearing lightweight shoes when running on the trails. Even when I'm hiking, my tendency is to lean towards lighter, low cut hiking shoes to attack the terrain. The Lowa Ferrox are an option of low-cut hiking shoes with a great grip however, a bit on the heavier side. On first fitting with these hikers, I noticed that they felt a little stiff when I put them on. Sure, I might be biased because I like flexible, cushioned and light shoes however, the soles of the Ferrox are quite grippy, but don't give much flexibility when walking over rocky terrain. The Ferrox GTX is a waterproof hiker that can allow about half the foot to be submerged in water while trekking though a small creek to continue down the trail. While the laces tighten nicely, the stiff sole makes my ankle more susceptible to rolling.
My feet are rather picky when it comes to arch support but the Ferrox do a great job providing enough support for my high arches during the hike. After walking for miles through both wet and rocky terrain, my feet never overheated as the Ferrox feature a climate controlled footbed and a breathable upper to help keep the feet cool. Personally, I would not rate this shoe as lightweight. At 1.5 lbs (WMS size 6.5, I'm a 9.5) it weighs more than another pair of similar shoes which are only 12.5 oz.
Overall, I really enjoy the fact that I can splash in the creek and hike for miles with dry, cool feet. I would most likely take this pair of hikers out of my hiking shoe collection when I am on the trail, working not hiking. For this price, I personally would look for a lighter weight, more flexible feel but sometimes, sturdy and solid is the way to go for some folks!