The Lowa Sirkos GTX is a rather traditionally styled walking shoe with less versatility than some. It weighs 1056g (pair, size 11), which isn’t the heaviest here, but it does feel a little more ‘clumpy’ on the foot due to the more traditional design. The upper is made of suede leather and synthetic fabric with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. There isn’t too much stitching on the upper, nor is there lots of mesh either, so it should offer good durability. But you don’t get the rubber rand offered by some models, and the toe box is slightly soft for a walking shoe designed for heading onto rougher ground. The outsole has deep lugs that are widely spaced plus a decent heel breast and so on mud, grass and moorland walks this should provide good grip. The sole is quite bendy, though, so once this is taken onto rockier ground it won’t be as comfortable as other shoes. When used for fast movement or short sessions of biking or scrambling the Lowa Sirkos GTX feels too ‘clumpy’ and not as precise as other options, so this is best kept as a walking shoe that is perfectly capable of carrying you along paths in the valley or onto the hills. Its styling will probably appeal to the more experienced traditional hillgoer than the young pretender.
Upper material suede leather, synthetic Cordura
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Lowa Cross II
Men’s sizes 6.5-13
Women’s sizes 3.5-9
Weight 1056g (pair, size 11)
The Lowa Sirkos GTX is a good walking shoe; but it feels ‘clumpier’ and less precise than some other, more modern designs of multi-activity footwear.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014