The Mammut Monolith appeared in 2009, and for 2010 it gets a slightly better sole unit for walking and general mountaineering in snow and ice. The new sole has deeper lugs and a more pronounced heel breast, which results in better grip. There is still a smooth climbing zone around the toe, and although the boot is about 100g heavier for a size 11 pair they are still reasonably light for this style of boot. The rest of the boot remains the same, so you get a synthetic and Nubuck leather upper and Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The high ankle cuff was very comfortable. Lacing extends well down to the toes and there is a very precise fit and feel to the toe area, which is ideal for climbing. The foot sits close to the ground in this boot, which further enhances its climbing performance. There is a good rolling action too, to make this comfy on the walk-in to the snow. But there is no extra insulation provided, so this is not the best choice for the coldest of winter conditions. The fit is quite close so if you don’t have thin feet like mine they may feel a bit tight. Equally the narrow toe profile may not suit someone with broader feet. Also there is more stitching to break down compared to boots with a one piece upper.
Upper nubuck and textile; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2010g (pair, size 11 pair)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 75
The Monolith is now better for general winter walking but it still retains a mountaineering performance, making it a great all-rounder.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010