A Lowa sponsored visit for two Taunton Leisure staff

Two Taunton Leisure Assistant Managers, Ken from Taunton and Braam from Bristol, recently took a trip to Germany to meet the guys from German boot makers, Lowa. Read Ken’s account of their time with Lowa and their experience of roads with no speed limits…

After an early start from Bristol (6am) Braam and I made our way to Birmingham International Airport for our flight to Munich. At the airport we met up with three others on the trip plus Andy from TKC our host. Other than the flight being late and one of our party going missing when we were called forward to board the flight over was event free.

Wear testing material samples

In the Arrivals lounge by accident or otherwise ALL the screens were showing England’s effort from the night before. Here we met up with the last member of our group who had flown in from Scotland and were introduced to our factory host. It was then a 30 minute drive to the Lowa factory at Jetzendorf where we were given lunch and an overview of the Lowa Brand.

We were then kitted out with boots and went on a short walk to the local “Forrest Adventure Park” for a session on their High wires and flying fox slides. After a couple of hours we went to our local gasthof to clean up and socialise over an evening meal, retiring to bed an hour later than the time on our watches as no one had put their watches forward.

In the morning after breakfast it was back to the factory for a walk around the production areas. The thing that struck me was how compact and cluttered the boot assembly areas were. One fact of the day was there are over 90 parts to a Lowa Renegade boot. In the Labs and Quality control area we saw how all the materials were tested prior to production and also the tractability required by. Our final department was where they do customer repairs and test boots for leaks.

Centrifuge used to test for leaking

Before a final presentation in the showroom we adjourned to a Gasthof near the factory for lunch. In no time at all we were on our way back to Munich airport down the autobahn at 190 Kph, and on our flight back to good old UK, the gloomy and damp arrivals hall which acclimatised us for the trip home and bringing everything back to reality, the complete opposite to the clear skies and 20 we had left in Germany.

Walking Machine

Thank you Andy @ TKC and Lowa, the trip was a very good insight into what work and quality control goes into the boots that we work with (and wear) day in and day out.

– Ken 
Assistant Manager, Taunton Leisure, Taunton.

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