Mammut Monolith 2012

The slightly lower price of the Mammut Monolith compared to many other boots makes it instantly attractive. The boot sports modern styling, thanks to the mix of materials on the upper. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and on the outside a full rubber rand improves long-term durability. Get this boot on and the ankle cuff feels slightly more supportive than others, due to a little more height and a little less flex. This could be seen as a benefit in a mountaineering situation and a drawback when walking. The Mammut Monolith is a bit narrower than some, which again improves the performance when climbing as that narrow fit allows a more precise foot placement. There is a dedicated ‘climbing zone’ at the toe, a further boost to climbing performance, while the deep and widely spaced lugs are ideal for biting into softer snow and scree. So nothing really wrong here, although the performance is perhaps more aligned to a mountaineer’s needs than a mountain walker’s. But the Mammut Monolith is still a very good walking boot, and the price makes it very attractive even for mountain walkers.

Upper materials leather and textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Teton
Women’s sizes 4-9
Men’s sizes 6.5-13
Weight 2010g (pair, size 11)
Website www.mammut.ch

 

The Mammut Monolith’s mountaineering performance edge may not suit the walker, but the price tag is very attractive.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2012