Mammut Appalachian GTX (2012)

There are not many boots in the 3-4 season category that are available in a ladies’ version, but happily the Mammut Appalachian GTX is one very good option that
does comes in both men’s and women’s fit. The boot is designed as a lightweight alpine boot with a waterproof lining beneath the upper to keep feet dry, and on this boot this lining is important as there is a synthetic mesh area around the tongue that would leak without a waterproof lining. The upper is mainly made from leather, though, and there’s a full rubber rand for maximum durability. The outsole is a good, very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep lugs and a deep heel breast for a sound grip, and this is ideal for tackling snow, slush, rock and scree. There is good cushioning too for rockier ground. The boot has excellent lateral stiffness for negotiating rocky ground and edging in snow, while the boot’s toe-to-heel flex
is slightly softer than some 3-4 season options but still good for easier winter conditions and general year-round use. The Mammut Appalachian GTX does not give the most precise feel when scrambling, but it is again fine for general walking on a mix of mountain terrain.

Upper materials nubuck leather, textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram MT Traction
Women’s sizes 4-8.5
Men’s sizes 7-12
Weight 1956g (pair, size 11)
Website
www.mammut.ch

 

The verdict
The Mammut Appalachian GTX is a very good year-round boot that is lighter than some options, and it also comes in women’s sizes as well as men’s.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012