Mammut – Ridge High GTX Boots Long Term Test

The ‘MemoFoam pre-shaped’ tongue is very comfortable. When lacing the boot tightly it does offer a good depth of padding to the front and upper part of the foot. This is much needed when you want the boot to have a ‘tighter fit’ for via ferrata or scrambling where touch and sense of foot placement is key to security on ground that tilts up to 90 degrees.

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Mammut – Nova Advanced High II GTX Boots

They’re Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lined, so the boots are that lovely combination of breathable and waterproof that British weather demands. This particular flavour of Gore is designed to give good breathability for longer-term wear (i.e. all-day boots), and it works pretty well. The high ankle of the boot will cause a little more heat than a low- or mid-boot though.

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Mammut – Ridge Low GTX Trail Shoe

What struck me the most when I put the shoe on was the stiffness of the sole as I am used to a more flexible walking shoe. The ‘Gripex Iron Grip’ concept is designed for the via ferrata (iron road in Italian) style of hiking that involves trails that have steel cables and iron stemples (rungs) fitted. A hard and firm sole is an advantage as it provides support and protects the foot from sharp rocks with its ‘stone shield’ whilst having a good adhesion to prevent you slipping off those metal rungs. Flexibility is limited but the bottom of the shoe is contoured so that you can rock and pivot on the ball of your foot and use the (again helpfully labelled) climbing zone at the toe if the going gets steep.

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Mammut – Montana 2 Sleeping Bag

There’s a couple of really nice touches to the Montana 2 sleeping bag. The main zipper pull has a little message on it which says “Sleep Well” (the dog certainly did) and the water-resistant (read “splash proof”) carrying bag has a sort of mountaineering snakes and ladders game printed on it for when you’re stuck in a tent and the weather is against you. Clever.

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Mammut – Bask Pants

I’ve very much enjoyed (and am continuing to enjoy) wearing the Bask Pants. They serve well in almost all conditions from searching through to more formal gatherings. However, I have found one down-side, and that is that curiously, they’re a total sod to get clean. They seem to attract dirt, and getting mud out of them during a normal washing cycle is unlikely. Mine have a permacover of mud around the ankles.

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