Grip, comfort, and cushioning.
When your running shoes or hiking boots just won't cut it for a super-techy approach, go for the Mammut Men's Wall Guide Low GTX Shoe. This lightweight, low-cut boot offers close-fitting precision and sure footedness for steep and rocky terrain. The Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane shields your foot from water while remaining breathable for lasting comfort. The elastic tongue insert design allows you to put on the boot comfortably and reduces crease formation. A rubber guard protects your toes and heels from sharp rocks and scree. The lightweight poro wedge dampens impact for support and comfort as you go, while the Gripex Sticky Rubber Compound provides excellent traction on rough, uneven ground.
- An approach shoe for sure footedness in steep and rocky terrain
- Velours leather upper for durability and breathability
- Gore-Tex membrane for waterproof, breathable protection
- Rubber toe and heel for protection from sharp rocks and scree
- FeetMap lining and padding system for comfort and support
- Triple Density footbed and Poro Wedge for dampening
- Gripex Sticky Rubber for stronger grip in variable conditions
- Q & A
Solid bikepacking shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 12
I confess I'm not a climber and got these for use with flat pedals on a loaded mountain bike. I'm a Vans size 11 and ended up with a 12 after returning the 11.5 (which were probably the correct size for the shoe's intended use.) They have a toe-hugging quality which was less apparent with the larger size. Shoe is stiff and has a narrow footprint as I had hoped so the heel doesn't hit the frame or crank. The grippy sole works very well with my VP AIM pedals and hasn't torn up hardly at all. Also has a pretty big comfort range, temperature-wise, having worn them in the 80s down into the 20s with some G-Tex socks. I also confess I'd never heard of Mammut but when I saw the Raichle label inside I was relieved because I used their "Deluxe" brand snowboard boots years ago and loved them. They also look cool and aren't dayglo.
Overly stiff and awkward fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These shoes are decent, and that's the long and the short of it. Solid construction and I love the added Gore-Tex, but the fit is awkward and the rubber way too stiff. My heel can easily slip out of the shoe and the laces can't tighten it enough to make up the difference. I'll update the review if the fit changes after a good winter of break in.