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Lowa Tempest Lo Reviews

26 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

52%Rated 5 stars

24%Rated 4 stars

14%Rated 3 stars

10%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

58% "Felt a half size smaller than marked"

78% "Felt true to width"

72% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 6 Tempest Lo Lowa Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 26, 2007

Paul D

from Phoenix

Great shoe - I may be a Lowa customer for life. I was looking for a shoe to travel with so I don't have to bring full hiking boots and something to wear out on the town. These shoes fit the bill perfectly. They have a great fit, are very comfortable and good looking. I can wear these all day hiking then with khakis at night. I have a hard time finding shoes as my feet are long, flat and narrow. I tried on a lot of shoes before I found these. Keens were too short, Merrells were too wide and others just uncomfortable. I was a bit put off by the price but I see now that these shoes are worth it. They feel very sturdy and seem to be built to last. If they hold up over time I can see myself just buying this model again in a few years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 2, 2007

Shawn

from Yakima, WA

Excellent Shoe and EXTRAORDINARY Customer Service! Very good shoe for my indoor use. Have been looking for quite some time for a shoe capable of handling/absorbing the stress/shock of working on concrete but still allow excellent support and resist wear. These fit the bill very well. Knew they were keepers within 2 hours of wearing them. The only consideration I can think of regarding comfort is the gusseted & padded tongue with the way the leather uppers come together at the top of the toe box may cause compression around the top of the toes; particularly if you have hammer toes, bunions, etc where an extra roomy toe box is needed. Purchased this shoe initially from another site then after wearing for 2 hours went back to buy another pair while they were on sale but they were out... Checked Zappos and they didn't have my size listed so called to check future availability and in that process Zappos offered to web-search and found this pair of shoes and at a cheaper price on another site which was all recommended by the operator/sales-person!! Truly outstanding, extraordinary, well-beyond the call of duty! My family will be purchasing many future shoes at Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: Vasque, Hi-Tech

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 22, 2011

Anonymous

from Wellington, Colorado

Excellent hiking shoe. I have been a Lowa fan for years and the Tempest Lo has been as great as my Lowa boots. The tread is great and the lace system is helpful for quick tying on the trail. I am still in the process of fully breaking them in but they are getting better as I have worn them on hikes. I also wear them as a regular casual shoe.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 28, 2011

Anonymous

 

Great all around shoe! Comfy, nice color scheme, and very durable. Purchased these shoes, a couple months ago and already been in 20 inches of snow and stayed warm and water resistant. Went hiking in them a couple weeks ago, love 'em! Would recommend these shoes to anyone.

Brands I'd also recommend: keen

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 18, 2009

B W

from Piedmont, MO

This is a well made, light and comfortable shoe. Sizing is accurate. Tongue likes to slip forward a little when worn, but this doesn't affect comfort. Made in Slovakia. Perhaps a little overpriced, but hopefully that translates to durability.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 8, 2006

Anonymous

from Raleigh, NC

Above average - A great looking shoe but I was hoping for a better fit. Good traction on a lot of surfaces. Replace the insole for better comfort.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vasque

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 30, 2007

Rob M

from Pennsylvania

Older model was a better shoe. In my opinion the current model Lowa shoe is not as good a fit across the toe as its predecessor, nor do I like the zappy design, which is all style and has very little to do with form, Lowa had a winner with the TEMPEST II LO and I wish they were still offering that model. If anyone knows where I can find another pair of the Tempest II Lo's in a 10.5 please let me know.

Brands I'd also recommend: LOWA TEMPEST II LO

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 7, 2012

Scott

from Santa Barbara, CA

As always from Lowa, a very high quality everyday, every environment utility shoe. I like them very much. They are very nice looking. I really like the Earth tone colors and comfortable fit. I wear them at the gym, on the hiking trail in the mountains, Disneyland and every other place needed for a high quality utility footwear. And, as always, Zappos is the best in customer service. I will always buy shoes for myself and family from these guys.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 22, 2012

Anonymous

from Kansas City Missouri

Good shoe, but disappointed with the wear of the Vibram sole...wore out in less than a year.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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September 26, 2014

Bob S

from Los Altos, CA

Ordering was simple, the shoes shipped quickly and everything went smoothly. I tried many retail stores and none were in stock in my size - Zappos had them!

Brands I'd also recommend: na

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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April 3, 2013

Sigurd

from The Internet

I found these shoes to run narrow. They feel like a heavy duty piece of equipment. Heavy but not unreasonably so. Built like a tank. Too bad they don't fit me.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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April 3, 2013

Anonymous

from manteo, nc

I have worn Lowa shoes before and was encouraged to try these because they were on sale. I'm delighted with them. The firm sole and comfortable fit suit my feet just fine.

Brands I'd also recommend: ecco

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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November 21, 2012

Gary

from Parker, Colorado

I have worn the Lowa Tempest Lo for years. I like them so much, this is my third pair. They are tough and long lasting.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 31, 2012

Anonymous

from Lake Tahoe, California

Great shoe to go hiking and walking on. It was comfort all the way up the mountain.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 27, 2012

Craig

from Western WA and OR

I can't say enough about how good Lowas are. I have had 3 pair of Tempest Los and all have lasted much longer than more expensive REI shoes and are more comfortable and better looking. They don't have as many styles of Lowas and they may be a bit more expensive but are well worth the extra money. I usually wear them in the drier months going to leather footwear in winter but still the first pair lasted 9 years. I don't wear them for hiking etc simply because I don't do that much any more but for off-street birdwatching they are the pure quill!

Brands I'd also recommend: You can't better the best.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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July 18, 2012

Steve M

 

Took these on 3 weeks around Europe. A lot of city walking and 5 days in the mountains over hard terrain going up to 15 miles a day. Great shoe from the moment I put it on. Perfect fit and very comfortable. Obviously when hiking over sharp rocks you prefer a thicker rubber sole vs. Vibram on this shoe, and ankle support, but these made it through the test just fine. They do seem to absorb and hold onto scents more readily than other shoes I have owned though. Be sure to air them out nightly. Would recommend.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 3, 2012

Anonymous

from Tallahassee, FL

These were a gift for my husband to replace the same model he'd had for about 10 years. They are still great light hikers, and seem a bit beefier than the previous pair. He always wears an 11, and we had to exchange them for an 11 1/2 to make sure his toes wouldn't hit the front when hiking downhill.

Brands I'd also recommend: Garmont

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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December 14, 2013

Paul J

from Vegas baby!

The shoes are not made to the same standard used in the late 90's. What was once 100 percent is now 97¾ percent simply because the 2 percent have taken more than their share by using cheaper labor. Zappos has always been 100 percent (replacing the defective product immediately)! Threads are not stitched correctly on two pairs this year. These are the best shoes in the world, the only pair I ever wear and are perfect when made correctly.

Brands I'd also recommend: lowa, la cross, red dog

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 31, 2013

Anonymous

from IL

After reading reviews here at Zappos and other places on line I placed an order for the Tempest Lo. Depending on the brand my shoe size is 11.5 to 12, so I ordered both shoes at once. I do a lot of walking, both in city and natural settings. I also have high arches and wear custom arch supports in all of my shoes. What I noticed is that these shoes felt snug. In the 11.5, any heavy duty hiking socks are out of the question. The size 12 offered more room at the toes, but still felt snug on the sides of the feet. The narrow width of the shoe made it difficult to remove my custom arch supports from both sizes. On the size 12, there was some slack on the heel end that wasn't present at the 11.5. I tried thicker socks hoping this would close the gap, but even my thick winter socks did not help. If I was just walking around town I would have kept them, but since I plan to go hiking in these, I can't justify this purchase. After two days of mulling it over, I am returning both pairs of shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen, Merril, New Balance, Patagonia.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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March 31, 2014

Anonymous

from Minneapolis, MN

I bought these because of excellent experience with a pair of Lowa hiking boots. The boots lasted a decade and more than 1,000 miles of mountain trail hiking, and were the most comfortable shoes of any kind that I had, so my expectations were high. Alas, the Lowa Tempest Lo doesn't measure up. They're "water resistant," but not waterproof, so there's no membrane or gusset around the tongue of the shoe to keep water out. The occasional raindrop won't penetrate, but if a puddle is even a teeny bit over your shoe-top, the water will flow right in around the tongue. The heel is elevated compared to other walking and hiking shoes I've worn, which I find uncomfortable while walking, and the toe box is (for me) too big. I have "C" width feet, and almost no one makes shoes in that width, so I usually make do with the much more common "D" or "M" width. In this case, the toe box is just a little too wide to be comfortable, even with thick wool hiking socks. There's no heel slip, but there's too much room in the toe box. The shoes do have good traction in wet weather and over snow, but they're not insulated, so I can't recommend them for routine wear in genuinely cold weather, and they're relatively heavy. The shoes look fine. I like the style, the laces hold securely, and the pull-strap at the heel is large enough to actually be useful. Overall, they're not bad, but they're not especially good, either. I rate them a disappointment.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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February 16, 2014

Anonymous

from Fla

Warning: Very small for size, at least 1 to 1 1/2 sizes too short & narrow. I measure an 11 1/2 C & ordered a 12 D. Even with light socks, my feet were pinched immediately. I never wore them off a rug. Returned.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen,Asolo

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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