The Lowa Zephyr line of boots offers the soldier in the field a lightweight, breathable and comfortable assault boot with the comfort and high-end features Lowa boots are known for.

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This German based boot company has been building world-class mountaineering footwear since 1923. And with almost 90 years in the boot making industry, they're bringing the expertise in mountain and hiking boot designs to the modern combat boot.

The fit you'll get with the Zephyr is that of a running shoe as it was designed with that purpose in mind. This isn't a boot to ruck cross-country with, but is ideal for anyone who spends lots of time in a vehicle and needs ultimate stability when they have to hit the ground.

The sole of the Lowa Zephyr line of boots has a stickier rubber than your typical combat boot. This makes it have great traction on any surface. It's much softer too, designed for maximum shock attenuation, it's one of the most comfortable combat boots for running and other high impact activities.

A nylon through-going stabilizer gives the boot torsional rigidity to help prevent ankle twisting.

A great feature that sets the Zephyr's apart form other traditional combat boot designs is the distinct bi-injected PU midsole and monowrap frame. The use of PU, or polyurethane, doubles this boots average life for shock attenuation versus an EVA midsole. The monowrap frame and mid-sole structure, is directly attached to the boot via a injection molding process and is bonded to the upper and sole of the boot. This frame envelops the foot, giving critical support and protection but also allowing the boot to retain specific design features essential to any combat boot.

The frame uses a skeletonized design, which helps your foot breathe, reduces weight and excess bulk. The cut outs in the ankle area greatly improve your range of ankle movement without pinching. The monowrap design also allows the upper to have minimal to no padding around the forefoot which also aids in ventilation and keeps the foot cool.

The midsole is also molded up the toe kicker to provide some impact protection to the toes.

The suede leather fully protects the sides of your foot and the nylon mesh panels on top increase airflow.

Nylon webbing loops are used in the forefoot. These help reduce weight and are designed in a way that grasps the foot for a secure fit.

Metal eyelets are used up the remainder of the boot and allow quick cinching of the laces.

A half inch of foam padding is used to surround and support the ankle. Also the tongue is padded down the middle, but the gussets remain un-padded so they will lay flat. Re-enforcement of the tongue ensures that the laces won't cut into your foot.

Inside you'll find a climate control full mesh liner which also aids in the overall breathability and moisture wicking properties of this boot.

The insole is also topped with this climate control mesh. A 1/4 inch of padding is sandwiched between the mesh and a semi-rigid base. This works in conjunction with the injected midsole and frame for a total support system.

The 8" Zephyr is available in Gore-Tex only, denoted by GTX in it's name. This feature was added by request of soldiers in theater, because having a Gore-Tex boot in a desert environment may not seem necessary, but is critical when you encounter less than sanitary obstacles in urban environments.

If you don't need a full 8" boot, the Zephyr GTX is also available in a 6" cut in both desert or black.

Or you can opt for the non-gore-tex 6" Zephyr if you don't need a waterproof liner in your boot.

At just under 2 and a half pounds for the 6" and just 4 oz. more for the 8" these are very lightweight for such a stable boot.

Overall Lowa boots are made extremely well and are robust enough to last. The stitching and materials are top notch and are prefect for a boot to wear outside the wire.

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