Hanwag Friction GTX (2013)

Like some other boots in our test the Hanwag Friction GTX has a Gore-Tex Duratherm-insulated lining for extra warmth on high Alpine peaks. The upper mixes leather and synthetic materials with a high rubber rand to provide durability when mountaineering. The outsole is a very good Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced lugs that look ideal for snow and ice when not wearing crampons, and like many others here there is a smoother area under the toe for better grip when climbing on rock. On the foot the Friction feels slightly more spacious inside than some others here, but very comfortable. It has a very good rolling action for this class of boot, which makes walking on the level more comfortable than some others we looked at. The toe profile is slightly tapered and this helps with climbing and scrambling on rock. The ankle cuff is not quite as soft in the forward flex as some but it’s not too restrictive either. One slight niggle is that the Hanwag Friction GTX is a relatively heavy option compared to others; but apart from that it is a good general boot for British winter mountain use and it will also perform well during glacier travel as well as on easier mountaineering routes.

Upper materials Bergrind leather, Cordura, Duratherm Insulated
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram  Dolomit
Women’s sizes 3.5-9
Men’s sizes 6-13
Weight 2258g (pair, size 11)


The Hanwag Friction GTX is a very good all-round winter boot for British mountain walkers and easier Alpine mountaineering, with its weight being the slight drawback.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2013