The Hanwag Quantum GTX is relatively lightweight for a 4-season boot, yet it benefits from an impressive set of features. The upper is leather with Cordura, and there is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining inside that has Duratherm insulation. This package of materials means the upper is relatively light and durable and should keep your feet warm in colder winter conditions as well as dry of course. The ankle cuff is particularly high and it also gets a built-in gaiter to prevent snow from entering the boot. The high ankle cuff make this ideal for tackling steep terrain. There is a rubber rand that extends all the way around the upper for durability too. Underfoot there is a very stiff Vibram unit. This also has excellent lugs that are deeper than most and also widely spaced to keep a grip without trapping debris in the sole. The walking action is particularly good making this great above and below the snow line. But the price is a notch up on the competition, which is a pity. The Hanwag Quantum GTX’s upper is perhaps less durable than a plain upper with less stitching, although only hard users will need to consider this. The ankle cuff is very high, which may not suit some people who prefer less ‘clutter’ around the ankle. I’m not really sure if the ankle gaiter provides any benefit as I’d be wearing full gaiters anyway in snow.
Upper leather and Cordura with Gore-Tex Duratherm waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Dolomit
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2010g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 20
The Hanwag Quantum GTX is a good winter walking boot if you like a high ankle cuff but the price is a drawback.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010