Lomer Tofana (2012)

At £110 these boots are an absolute snip. They are low-cut boots, which perhaps suggests that they’d be best for easier walking; but they are no lightweight with a good firm midsole that really puts them in the all-rounder bracket. They are a very traditional looking boot, which will suit some; and the leather uppers look great and repel water wonderfully, though with no protective rand, they’ll scuff easily. The last is pretty neutral so they’ll work for most walkers, but the lacing isn’t particularly effective so it takes some fiddling to get a really secure fit. The Mer-Tex lining kept water out and the Vibram sole provided plenty of traction and shed mud well too.

Sizes: UK 7-12
Upper: 2.4mm full-grain Anfibio leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Mer-Tex
Sole: Vibram
Weight: 1,440g
Women’s version: No
Contact: www.lomer.it


Lomer Tofana/Gardena (2012)

The Lomer Tofana/Gardena has frequently received rave reviews in Trail for being a great-value workhorse for the hillwalker. The upper is pretty stiff, particularly for this price, and this both protects and supports the foot on rockier ground. As there is so little stitching there is little chance of the upper leaking or falling apart over time, but you do get a waterproof lining to keep your feet dry if the leather gets saturated. The toe box is solid too, so the foot is well-protected from stray rocks bouncing onto your foot. Underfoot the Vibram sole is a very aggressive unit with widely spaced deep lugs to give a great grip without becoming easily clogged. The heel breast is also very deep and provides great braking power on slippery terrain when descending. On rock the sole unit is stiff enough to reduce the need for the foot to mould to every rock, which makes the Lomer Tofana/Gardena great for scrambling over bouldery terrain all day. For a little extra comfort there is some soft padding around the ankle, but even so this is not quite as instantly comfortable as bendier boots, even though it is ideal in terms of performance and durability.

Upper materials anfibio leather
Waterproof lining Mertex
Sole unit Vibram Viking
Weight 1664g (pair size 11)
Men’s sizes 7-12 (Tofana)
Women’s sizes 3-8 (Gardena)
Website
www.lomerfootwear.co.uk

 

Verdict
The Lomer Tofana/Gardena is a benchmark boot for the hillwalker in need of great performance and durability at a great price, and it won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012


Lomer Gardena MTX 2011

Considering you get a quality leather upper with minimal stitching – to help prevent leaks over long-term use – as well as a waterproof liner, the Lomer Gardena (men’s version is the Tofana) offers superb value for money. Despite the fact it doesn’t use Gore-Tex (which may be more breathable than the Mertex they’ve chosen) a liner means that even if you’re too lazy to care for your boots they will still keep your feet dry. Your toes get a better level of protection than with other models on test, with a stiffer toe box, and the ankle cuff is comfortable and a good height. The outer sole is equipped with an impressive lug pattern with a good range of spacing and depth to help gain grip while preventing clogging, as well as a pronounced heel breast to help with braking on descents. The main points that might make you go for another model are the noticeable lack of cushioning compared to others in this price range, the heavier weight (it’s nearly the heaviest on test) and – let’s face it – the rather bland design. That aside, in terms of durability, features and performance there’s no doubt the Lomer Gardena MTX is great value.

Weight 1138g (pair, size 6)
Upper materials anfibio leather
Waterproof lining Mertex
Sole unit Vibram Viking
Women’s sizes 3-8
Men’s sizes 7-12 (Tofana)
Website www.lomerfootwear.co.uk

The Lomer Gardena MTX offers fantastic value for a leather boot that’s also equipped with a waterproof liner, though the dated style and heavier weight may not be for everyone. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.

Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine December 2011


Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX 2011

This is a remarkable price for the Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX – a boot with a quality leather upper that is not only virtually stitch-free to maximise durability but also gives you a waterproof lining to keep your feet dry even if you don’t look after the upper properly. There is plenty of stiffness in the upper too, so this is ideal for tackling rockier hills and mountains in the UK or trekking abroad. Underfoot you get  a Vibram sole unit with a very deep pattern of lugs for grip and durability, and these are widely spaced to prevent mud from clogging up the sole. All that comes together for a weight of 1636g (pair, size 11), which is pretty good for the features and performance on offer. Add in the price of £100 and this is clearly the best-value boot in this test. But the Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX is a fairly boring traditional brown leather boot, so if you want a little more style then you need to look elsewhere. The boot is comfortable enough but you’ll get more comfort at higher prices and with less supportive and less functional footwear. You don’t get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining either, which may offer better breathability.

Upper full-grain leather; Mertex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Baltra
Sizes 7-12 (men’s Tofano); 4-8 (women’s Gardena)
Weight 1636g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK no info provided

The Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX is a great boot for valley, hill and mountain walks but the compromise at this price is a traditional style and a traditional level of comfort. It won the ‘Best Value’ accolade in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011


Lomer Lakes STX 2010

The Lomer Lakes STX is a well-priced boot with excellent performance. As the name suggests, it is ideal if you’re heading onto the Cumbrian fells. The boot is made from leather with very little stitching so it will certainly be able to withstand the scrapes of a day in the Lakeland hills. Inside the upper there is a Sympatex waterproof lining, so it will keep your feet dry too. The essential protection comes from good stiffness in the upper, the toe box, the heel and also underfoot. To keep a grip there is a Vibram sole unit with a deep lug pattern. This is a well-designed classic fell-walking boot that will carry the user around the Wainwrights for many years to come. All that for £125 is excellent value. But other boots are lighter than the Lomer Lakes STX, and you will bag even more durability if you need it by choosing a boot with a rubber rand. The comfort level is not quite as good as some higher-priced options, and the boot does not roll with the foot as smoothly as some either.

Upper Anfibio leather, Sympatex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Viking
Sizes 40-47 (men’s); 37-42 (women’s)
Weight 1620g (pair, size 46)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 20

The Lomer Lakes STX is a good-quality, traditionally styled fell boot that as the name suggests is ideal for the Lakeland hill-walker.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010


Lomer Sella MTX 2010

The Lomer Sella MTX weighs 980g (pair, size 11); MerTex waterproof lining; durable leather upper; Vibram outsole offers good grip in mud; well-cushioned sole. But others are better for ‘fast and light’ action or scrambling.

The Lomer Sella MTX is a traditionally styled walking shoe for valley walkers, travel and easier hill paths.

First published in Trail magazine May 2010