The weight of the Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX is an immediate attraction as it’s the lightest 4-season boot here. The sole unit is very stiff, making it ideal for mountaineering and use with crampons, as well as via ferrata (as the name suggests). The toe profile also feels very dexterous and ideal for climbing on small footholds. The upper is protected by a rubber rand and comprises a mix of synthetic and leather materials with a Gore-Tex lining. The upper and ankle provides reasonable protection for the foot and ankle. This is a comfortable boot that feels at home when climbing and mountaineering, and it can also be fitted with crampons. Use this for climbing, glacier travel and general trekking and it will be ideal. But the Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX is more dedicated to mountaineering and via ferrata than winter walking or winter mountaineering as the upper is not quite as stiff, cushioned and protective of the foot compared to more dedicated winter options. Also the sole unit has quite shallow lugs, so again it’s best for rock rather than snow and slush. It’s a high price for what you get too.
Upper Bergrind leather suede, Cordura
Sole Vibram climbing
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 1860g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 65Verdict
Ideal for mountaineering and big mountain via ferrata but not the best for winter walking and winter climbing.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008