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89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
I’ve rarely used a boot that strides as naturally as this one.
The Hanwag Banks II GTX is a solid, comfortable boot that is great on all kinds of trails. Highly recommended.
- The Hanwag Banks II GTX is the direct successor of the first Banks GTX. In semblance, they are quite identical; in weight, however, the latest version comes in much lighter (about 50 g lighter) than its predecessor.
- It inherited most, if not all, of the first one’s defining technologies. As a result, this new iteration still has Gore-Tex’s laminate for water protection, Hanwag’s Air Pulse System for internal ventilation, and Vibram’s Endurance outsole for surface grip.
- Just like most Hanwag boots, the Banks II GTX can also be resoled. A new Vibram outsole may replace the old one for a fee.
Hanwag’s Banks II GTX is a mid-cut, fairly true-to-size boot specially crafted for male and female day hikers. Both the men and women’s versions are offered in a number of whole and half sizes in standard and wide widths. Hanwag engineers placed a (leather) lacing tab between the boot’s bottom-most pair of eyelets. When used, it transfers lace tension to the back. The traditional lace-up closure delivers a customized lockdown.
Producing and maintaining traction on the trail is the boot’s resolable Vibram Endurance outsole. The brand specifies that it’s built for soft grounds (e.g. grass and forests). The lugs generously covering its surface come in different shapes and positioned at different angles to secure the user’s footing in practically every direction.
This grippy component cups the upper’s forefoot region, covering the toe box slightly. This marginal encroachment serves as the boot’s protective bumper.
The Hanwag Banks II GTX midsole grants full-length cushioning to the user. Its ample flex delivers walking comfort. It has enough thickness for shock absorption and protection against pointy rocks. It also has a removable footbed sitting securely atop the midsole unit for added cushioning.
Hanwag engineers combined lightweight nubuck leather and Cordura fabric in the Banks II GTX’s stitched-on upper. They imbued its bootie with a Gore-Tex membrane, endowing the gear with ample protection against watery substances as a result. They also gave the boot a bellows tongue—a kind of tongue that has both of its sides sealed to fence out intrusive debris. For the eyelets of the footwear’s lacing system, the designers went mostly metallic.