The GSB crampon mounting system is no longer provided in the Scarpa Manta, but it does remain on the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme. This system appeared in 2008 on this 4-season boot and it allows dedicated crampons to slot into the front of the boot while a tail clip locks the rear of the crampon in place. This makes crampon fitting incredibly easy and safe. Normal crampons can also be fitted too. This boot has a Gore-Tex lining and lots of padding for warmth and comfort. The upper is very stiff and the ankle cuff is very high, creating excellent protection and support for the foot on steep snow and ice. There is a wide rubber rand to protect the upper on rock, and a very aggressive lug pattern underfoot for great grip in the snow. The boot feels great on the foot and provides a low ride height to the ground for good climbing dexterity. But a more walking-orientated design has a smoother rolling action underfoot, so the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme is best kept for long trips in the snow rather than short sections of snow. The price tag was higher than some boots last year and this year the global economy has forced the price even higher. It is a little heavy too. So it is not ideal unless you really need all its features.
Upper suede leather, Lorica synthetic materials; Gore -Tex lining
Sole Vibram GSB crampon-compatible
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2190g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 10
The Meindl Matterhorn Extreme retains the GSB crampon attachment system and is ideal in many ways for serious winter use, but the price is chilling.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009