The Lowa Cevedale Pro GTX is lighter than first appearances may suggest and at 1922g (pair, size 11) it is third lightest in our test, behind the Mammut Magic GTX and the Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX. Yet it also has the most aggressive outsole of any boot we looked at, with 6mm deep lugs that are very widely spaced plus a deep heel breast to really give a secure grip on soft ground during descents. The upper is a mix of synthetic and leather plus a big rubber rand that fully encloses the boot, and this all looks more than capable of withstanding plenty of abuse. On the foot the toe profile is good for providing a more precise feel when climbing, but that deep pattern of lugs on the sole means that your foot does feel quite adrift from the rock. This is not a problem on easier terrain, though, making this ideal for easier mountaineering on mixed ground, when precise footwork is not essential but a good, robust grip on loose scree is a priority. However the toe does bend a lot, so when you start to use the toes on small holds or when kicking steps the boot easily flexes at the toe and the foothold becomes very insecure. The Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX was reviewed as a 4-season boot, but it is more flexible in the sole than any other 4-season boots and I would prefer more stiffness to meet the needs of this category. It is described as a mixed terrain and via ferrata boot by Lowa, and for this sort of terrain it is good. But as a dedicated winter walking and mountaineering boot it is too flexible in the forefoot.
Upper materials synthetic microfibre, suede leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Dolent
Women’s sizes 4-9
Men’s sizes 6-13
Weight 1922g (pair, size 11)
The Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX is a good, stiff 3-4 season boot when used on the mixed terrain and via ferrata for which it is intended, but it is not as stiff as other 4-season boots which is what it was sent in to be tested against, and so it is not so ideal for winter walking and mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine January 2014