A new boot for winter 2012, the Lowa Ticam GTX offers almost everything you could want from a 3-4 season boot for a £220 price tag. The boot has a suede leather upper so it is not as durable as a full-grain or nubuck leather – and thus it will need more care and protection to maintain its performance. That is in part why you get a rubber rand at the toe and heel plus a waterproof lining to add extra protection. Having said that, this boot does provide an awful lot of quality for its price, including a good weight and a very aggressive Vibram sole with deep and widely spaced lugs that is ideal for biting in snow and slush as well as rock and scree. The sole stiffness is good for 3-4 season use and the fit is slightly narrower than some options. The Lowa Ticam GTX does not quite provide the smooth rolling action or ankle flex of the Scarpa SL Activ, but it is not far off either – and so those with narrow feet may prefer its fit. I’d certainly recommend that the Lowa Ticam is tried on alongside the Scarpa SL Activ as I suspect some people will prefer it. However, there is no women’s option of either, which could be a sticking point for many.
Upper materials waxed suede leather and microfibre
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Masai
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 6-13
Weight 2030g (pair, size 11)
The Lowa Ticam GTX is a superb 3-4 season boot that sits comfortably alongside the best in this class.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012