There is actually very little between this and the Scarpa Trek, but for the same price the Mountain Trail also gets a Gore-Tex lining. This was a Raichle boot, but the brand has been absorbed by Mammut so you may see it badged as either. The boot is based around a simple nubuck leather upper without lots of stitching to leak or fail over time. The upper is stiff and supportive with a solid toe box to protect the feet. Underfoot you get a very aggressive sole unit, and this has a little more lug depth to it than some for better grip and longer durability. There’s also plenty of stiffness in the sole, so it is ideal for tackling rocky mountain paths, scree and jagged rocks. But you also get a wonderfully easy rolling action and plenty of cushioning, which makes the Mammut Mtn. Trail GTX far comfier than many boots. The price is exceptional for what you get. There is really nothing wrong with these, although if you prefer a boot without a waterproof lining the Scarpa Trek is a better option – and of course that boot may fit your foot shape better too, so I would say try both. There is no rubber toe rand on this boot, which is a consideration for really hardcore users, but not for more casual users.
Upper nubuck leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Backpacking Rolling II
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Weight 1598g (pair, size 8)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict: The combination of the price coupled with the performance makes the Raichle / Mammut Mtn Trail GTX a clear winner for 3-season scrambling, backpacking, and walking over hills and mountains.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009