As the name suggests, the Matterhorn climbing boot is ideal for big, rocky mountain spikes, with an approach through a variety of slush, rubble, rock and scree as well as a dash across snow and ice, and a slog through a soggy bog. The sole is a stiff Vibram unit with a climbing zone and lots of stiffness to take the ache out of climbing rock ledges. The upper gets a full rubber rand for durability and a mix of synthetic materials to keep the weight down. A Gore-Tex waterproof lining will keep your feet dry when crossing a Highland boggy approach to a Munro, while the ankle support is ideal for a mix of scree and snow slopes. This is a less dedicated scrambling or climbing boot in some respects, but its all-round performance makes it ideal for someone wanting to tackle a mix of rocky routes. But that synthetic and suede upper is not going to be as durable as full leather, while the slightly high weight of the boot means it is less ideal for more technical routes. The ankle cuff is more quite supportive, which in turn makes this feel a little ‘clumpier’ when combined with the added weight, but also less precise when combined with the slightly less close fit around the toe.
Upper: suede leather with Lorica, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram with dedicated climbing zone
Sizes: 6-12 (men’s); 3.5-8 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Crampon compatibility: B2
Weight: 1884g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in UK: England 10; Wales 5; Scotland 3; Ireland 3
Verdict: Buy it if you want a more general-purpose climbing and scrambling boot at a good price.