LOWA Zephyr Desert Mid Hiking Boot - Men's


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Fast and light yet rugged enough for our military personnel around the world, the Lowa Zephyr Desert Mid Hiking Boots for men deliver lightweight comfort for the desert battlespace and hot weather backpacking trips.

Thanks to a mix of leather and fabric, the Zephyr is breathable and durable without feeling bulky. Inside, a textile lining enhances air circulation and promotes internal climate control to maintain comfortable feet, even in the hottest conditions. The bi-injection PU midsole adds cushioning for all-day support and comfort, while the boot's mono-wrap design creates a snug, supportive fit and fosters an agile feel for scrambling and travel through rough terrain. The non-slip gummy rubber tread is equally adept on the street as it is for operations on the sand.

Discover the freedom of lightweight, breathable hiking shoes with the Lowa Zephyr Desert Mid Hiking Boots. You'll enjoy out-of-the-box comfort and miles of blister-free wear.


  • Upper: split leather and Cordura nylon mesh with external polyurethane frames for support
  • Lining: breathable polyester mesh
  • Padded ankles and tongues
  • Footbed: removable 1/4-inch foam Climate Control footbeds add light cushioning
  • Monowrap construction for stable, close-to-the-foot fit
  • Midsole: bi-injection PU midsole with cushioning and support
  • 3/4-length nylon shanks
  • Outsole: LOWA Cross rubber outsoles, gummy rubber that's softer than typical combat boots to grip wet or dusty rocks
  • Recommended for: combat, desert hiking, backpacking, trekking
  • Handcrafted in Slovakia
  • Weight (per pair, size 9): 2.4 lb

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

9 Reviews

  • Build quality: 2
  • Great design: 2
  • geared for hot weather: 1
  • good looking: 1

  • none yet: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.5 / 5
Comfort: 3.5 / 5
Sole Flex: 4 / 5

9 Ratings & Reviews

Ultra-light, no break-in, all-purpose boot
June 22, 2010

Being a former operator in the Marines I know the value of a good boot. The Zephyr is everything you want in a good boot. It's light enough to wear everyday and even use for maritime ops. It has excellent support. It has the sole material wrap up over the toe area so you don't rub through the leather when you're climbing. I wear the things in a t-shirt and jeans because they're so dang comfortable. Not only that but they also look really aggressive and cool. BUT, there are some things that I would change-1.Shoelaces suck, it's like they were spun out of yak hair and they were cut 12" too short. 2.They come in almost a full size smaller than advertised. If you're going to wear with regular socks, go a half-size bigger, big wool boot socks, full size. 3. They don't have water purge holes on the sides. Not extremely necessary, but it would help a bit.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
SoleFlex: 4 / 5
from baghdad,iraq
55-64 yrs

November 25, 2010

made it through iraq hot summer and was great. Sand dust dirt mud rocks it stood up to all this and passed with flying colors. Highly recommend

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
from San Diego
25-34 yrs

Best Boot ever.
September 09, 2012

This is my second pair, I should have bought multiple pairs I love them so much. Light weight, cool on feet, feel broken in day one. Trust me I have ran these boots through the ringer and the soles are almost bare, yet the rest of the shoe is in great condition except for being dirty. I have hiked, hunted, ran tactical courses and they wont ever make you stop. Click buy and never look back.

Light, comfortable boot
April 29, 2010

This boot is really light and has better ankle support than similar boots. Your heel sits against the back of the boot and doesn't move around a lot. They run a little small, hopefully some of the padding will compress. I wear an 11.5, got a 12 and it is still pretty tight. I would not consider this a heavy duty hiking boot, but a really nice assault boot.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
SoleFlex: 4 / 5
from Port Angeles, WA
45-54 yrs

November 23, 2010

Wish they came in wide. A little tight. Awesome product. There was NO break in period needed. Strong and sturdy yet comfortable.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
from Denver, CO
25-34 yrs

Quality Footware
November 24, 2012

I'm a fairly picky when it comes to my foot ware. I also have good circulation and my feet sweat. These boots do a great job of keeping my feet cool, while still providing good support and protection. They are comfortable from day one and light. Fit true to size. All around great summer boot!


a little short
March 14, 2012

Well these baby's look like the real deal, and better be for the price...I had some vasque breeze lite (gtx# boots previously, but they leaked in water so I got these. so far so good. Comfy, good looking boot, cant tell on durability but they look like they are built to last. only problem - I wear a size 13 and ordered a 13...my toe hits the end of the boot. after my first walk in these #to break them in) my toes were sore. so, order a 0.5 size bigger then you may normally - if you are lucky enough to have small enough feet where they offer half sizes that is...me I am not so lucky.


get a half size larger
November 13, 2012

Watch out, you'll most likely need to order a half size larger. If you have wide feet you will also need a half size larger. Also, be cognizance of the gortex vs non gortex versions, as the gtx variant gets hot in the summer.

from SF Bay Area; avid trekker

Lowa Zephyr
September 10, 2012

If you're looking for a light and comfortable hot weather hiker these Lowas are your ticket. The boots are incredibly grippy owing to their flexibility and the rubber compound used in the sole (not Vibram). Really a pleasure to be on the trail with these guys. Great looks, too. This model is without goretx so will waterproof with a spray and won't plan on using them in rainy weather. The absence of goretex keeps them cooler and lighter. The sole will probably not last as long as Vibram but well worth it given their overall performance. Wish the lacing system had the more common cleats at the top; these boots have eyeholes all the way up. Just a convenience and not sure if there's some reason these are like that since the Zephyr GTX has the cleats. Also believe these run small and a bit narrow. I normally wear 9.5 or 10 in a hiking boot and these are 10.5 and just right.

Pros: grippy, light, good looking, geared for hot weather, Cons: none yet

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 8, size 8.5, size 9, size 9.5, size 10, size 10.5, size 11, size 11.5, size 12, size 13 and size 14: 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14.

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