The Hanwag Cengalo GTX is lighter than it first appears as it weighs in at 1914g (pair, size 11), making it the third lightest in our test – and its price tag is also very appealing. The boot has an upper made from a mix of synthetic materials with small areas of suede leather, and it also has a full rubber rand. The toe box is softer than other boots, though, so it doesn’t offer the same protection; however it is still adequate for general use. The outsole is a very good, aggressive unit with deep lugs that are widely spaced with a smooth climbing zone under the toe. This boot has a high volume inside, so I had to really crank down the laces to get any quality of fit – something I didn’t have to work at with other boots. I would probably use a volume adjuster to improve the fit if I wore these regularly. The Hanwag Cengalo GTX may really suit those with chunkier, higher-volume feet than myself of course. On the foot it does feel a little more ‘clumpy’ than others, which is due to those deep lugs on the sole, as well as the thick wedge of cushioning under the forefoot. This places this boot very much in the mountain walking category, rather than more precise scrambling.
Upper materials Cordura Rocket, Lorica, suede leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex,
Sole unit Vibram Dolomit
Women’s sizes 3.5-9
Men’s sizes 6-13
Weight 1914g (pair, size 11)
The higher-priced boots do provide a more precise feeling underfoot, but the Hanwag Cengalo GTX is more than capable of getting you up and down the winter hills if you cannot spend any more cash.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine January 2014