As part of of The Great Outdoors magazine’s February 2021 review of winter mountaineering boots, Lucy Wallace reviews the Lowa Cevedale Evo GTX Ws
I’m familiar with the predecessor to the Lowa Cevedale Evo GTX having used it in winter for a couple of years and it has lasted well. These are the widest of the boots I tested and although they are the same size as my old pair, I found them to be slightly shorter, so if you are looking to replace an old pair with the new version, it is worth trying them on first.
The lacing system has been updated. I really like the slick roller ball lace-hooks in the forefoot, and firm locking cleats higher up- including a post on the tongue, for multiple lacing variations. I found it easy to fiddle with this whilst wearing gloves – great for bare-boot walk-ins and then cinching down to wear with a crampon higher up the mountain.
There is a thick, wrap around rubber rand, and an updated rugged B2 stiffened sole that grips mud, scree and snow without faltering, but is gently cambered for easy walking. The layers of bright blue suede, fabric and a Gore-Tex insert in the uppers provide sufficient insulation for sub-zero temperatures, and there is plenty of cushioning around the ankle. Whilst not the lightest, it’s hard to find any fault with these boots, as they do precisely what I would expect good winter boots to do. Everything required is here, and feels well made and solid. These are an excellent all-round option well suited to easy winter climbs and long Munro days.
This product has been awarded our ‘Best Buy’ endorsement, meaning our reviewer believes it to be one of the best items of its kind available.