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Stock Code: L-EB-D-070
This model has been introduced to provide the user with a long awaited all terrain/all season Desert Boot.
Based on the ever popular LOWA Mountain Boot, this boot is designed to endure the rigorous terrains of sand, rock and shale.
Fitted with a highly breathable ventilated lining, with an additional wear resistant Cambrelle section inside the heel area, and a rubber anti-scuff cap on the toe.
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WOW!!! These Lowa Desert Elite Boots are fantastic.
I own lowa combat boots also bought from RVOPS and wouldnt wear anything else. Now being deployed the issue boots are not too good.
So I decided to buy the desert elite version. They really dont need breaking in as they are so comfortable.
Cheers RVOPS for most upto date Boots ...Thank YOU
I'm a plumber and after years of suffering with traditional work boots I got fed up with being uncomfortable for 10 hours a day. Although these boots cost me 3 times as much as traditional work boots they have lasted for over a These boots are superb, tough, incredible comfort, great toe protection and the thick last makes them great for walking over rubble and timber. I can't recommend them enough.
Before joining the army, my father always told me it is worth spending money on a decent set of boots and a warm smock. His advice was based on 22 years of service in the RTR, of which I am now serving. For seven years I have always worn my own boots, locally purchased, such as Altbergs, Magnums and LOWAs. In my opinion the current issue of black boots combat high and rip stock jackets are not up to standard. This was also the case for the desert boot issued to me in 2006 for Op Telic. Troops that are now deployed on Operations are given a choice of their second set of desert boots. Mine, and the boots that I review today, are the LOWA Elite Desert Boot.
The Elite boot which retail at a teeth sucking £132.99 sits in the upper third of the Desert boot range of about six popular branded boots. LOWA has the reputation for making boots which can be likened to Tankies, Big Bulky and heavy, but do a damn good job. Often the Achilles heal of LOWA's and throughout my squadron, currently deployed on Herrick, is the general 50/50 split consensus.
Creating a good balance between breathable cool boots in the summer months and a warmer taxi during the winter is a mammoth task. Has LOWA got the balance right in this case? General opinion implies this is not the case. However, without the experience of plodding around the Helmand green zone in 50 degree temperatures, it cannot be judged and sentenced just yet. Two pairs of socks are a must for the pre sunrise morning reveille to ensure your tootsies retain feeling!
As you would expect, the ability to comfortably run in your boots is a must. This is one attribute the LOWA elite falls short on. For general use and every day wear the Elite is second to none, but the size and weight issue raises its ugly head once more, making running unnecessarily harder than it needs to be.
Not all of the Elite's attributes are negative, The Elite laughs at the rigorous sand and rocky terrain and inspires confidence in the wearer through its maximum traction and a solid toe cap. One detail often overlooked is the closed loop top hooks, which makes lacing and unlacing a very speedy task. No faffing about crossing your hands over to hook the laces on in the dark here.
In summary the now issued LOWA Elite desert boot is a solid comfortable boot which can easily cope with the every day life during operations, or even as a long lasting civilian work boot. The only con being the size and weight, which is often described as a ski boot. Of roughly 110 Soldiers, around 70% have chosen the LOWA over the other optional issued boots. Is it better than the Magnums from Hi-Tech, or the proven MENDL desert boot? In my opinion, yes, however it is not the complete boot that is much sought after by troops. For something as personal as a Combat boot preference, it requires a few weeks in them to decide. For deploying troops, the option to later exchange them if they do not suit you provides that much needed back up plan, but for £132.99 of my own money I would buy from the Altberg Desert range.
I've worn all kinds of boots during my time in duty for the Chilean Army, i have used the army issued Altama desert, the old Corcoran desert model, the Matterhorns, I actually have a pair of Adidas GSG9, The German issued Haix and also the Oakley desert. All of them have slowly torn apart or in a certain moment of high demand they have torn apar my feet -until I got the Lowas desert elite, they have performed fantastic. We usually do training marches of about 40km with full gear over the most arid desert in the world the "Atacama" desert in northem Chile and the Lowas have taken very good care of my back, ankles, knees, etc... I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is going for a tour in the desert... You will not regret, they are perfect, the breathability, the ankle support and the added protection for the toes. At the end of a busy day you'll off course feel a little pain but we all know that is something normal but the next day you will be combat ready. I have used them for 2.5 years now and I will keep them till they die wich is not going to be soon. I'm sure that I will get the black version too for the training in the south. Good luck to everyone "Siempre vencedor, jamas vencido" PD: these boots are ment to be used in a desertic environment so do not expect waterproof because they have none.
Possibly the best boot I've ever worn! I have worn the Meindl equivalent of these boots and had my feet eaten alive by hot spots and pinching in all the wrong places. I am a UK size 10, with wide feet around the toes and narrow around the heels (a common British foot shape apparently). I'm not particularly flat footed or high arched. These boots grip the foot nicely around the mid foot, allowing plenty of room for toes to move. The heel and ankle is comfortably padded but very supportive. I have been wearing these boots for 6 months, with not one blister or hot spot and would have no hesitation in wearing them even with NATO black socks (although Bridgedales are my preference). Obviously not particularly waterproof, but still comfortable when wet. It is a shame there is not a gortex version of this boot as well. Way better than the rest!
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