Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX (2016)


The Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX’s upper is a mix of synthetic materials and leather with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining inside and a rubber rand on the outside for extra protection. The ankle cuff is slightly lower than some models in this category. The sole is Vibram with well-spaced lugs that are quite shallow and you get a smooth climbing zone under the toe. Stiffness is similar to other B2-rated boots. 4/5


This boot comes in men’s sizes 6-13 and women’s 3½-9, which is a good range. It feels spacious above the foot, and there is some good room in the toe box too. As the ankle cuff is about 1cm lower than others, this fits around the ankle area more easily than average boots in this category. 5/5


The Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX does feel comfortable in use, with good padding around the foot and ankle and also under the laces. The ankle cuff is quite low, so it naturally feels comfier. The upper generally feels soft, making this feel comfortable on the foot too. 5/5

In use

The rolling action of the sole isn’t quite as smooth as higher-priced boots and there

is generally more flex in the ankle area too, making this less supportive, which all makes it a little less ideal when used on the hill. The sole lugs aren’t particularly aggressive so you don’t quite as good a bite in soft ground as with others. These are tiny points of difference, though. 4/5


The Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX is a well-priced boot and while on the hill it isn’t the absolute best at this price, it may be a compromise worth making. 5/5


The Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX is a very good all-round winter hillwalking boot. It may not be perfect for everyone but the price is a definite benefit. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award. 4.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine January 2016