The Mammut Redburn is a rock-orientated shoe that is designed for approaching climbing crags. So there is no waterproof lining but the upper does resist light rain. The lacing extends all the way to the toe for a more precise fit when scrambling or climbing. The toe box is firm to protect the foot, while a rubber rand protects the upper from abrasion. The real performance benefit comes from the sole though as this feels to be quite a ‘sticky’ rubber compared to others, and there is a smooth climbing zone under the toe for precise toe holds. The sole is also stiffer than most, which is ideal for climbing. But you do also get some deep lugs for better grip when crossing softer ground or loose gravel during an approach walk to a crag. But the Mammut Redburn is very much orientated towards being used to approach climbing crags. It could be used for walking the streets and general outdoor use, although its benefits would be wasted in such situations. Some may not like the idea of not having a waterproof lining, although for this type of shoe personally I don’t see that as a problem.
Upper velour leather, synthetic mesh
Sole Pripex Cougapproach, EVA cushioning
Sizes 6½-13 (men’s); 4-8½ (women’s)
Weight 984g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 60
The Mammut Redburn is a superb approach shoe for climbers and instructors who spend more time scrambling and climbing on the crags than walking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011