Hanwag Lhasa notable features

  • Hanwag added the Lhasa to their category B boots which feature a more solid sole construction for longer hikes. This backpacking gear uses the Vibram AW Integral sole unit. It is composed of a midsole equipped with a lightweight shank and heel insert for a stable ride. Moreover, the rubber outsole has a deep trekking profile to tackle virtually all types of terrain. The unit’s rockered toe form allows a smoother, natural rolling motion of the foot.
  • Its upper consists of 100% Tibetan yak leather, chrome-free leather lining and Air Pulse System. These features yield a protective, durable and comfortable build.

Size and fit

The Hanwag Lhasa is a backpacking boot for male and female outdoor enthusiasts. It runs fairly true to size, and both come in standard and wide widths. According to the brand, their Wide Last has more space at the forefoot and ball of the foot which helps eliminate pressure points.


Featuring the Vibram AW Integral sole unit, the Hanwag Lhasa has a rubber outsole designed with a trekking profile. The varying shapes of the aggressive lugs are widely spaced to prevent muck build up. It also creates a channel which drives water out when traversing wet terrain, preventing slips. The unique tread design on the toe and heel zones render optimal grip on slopes. Additionally, its cemented construction allows it to be resoled (soles replaced as necessary). 


A lightweight shank is built into the midsole of this mid-cut backpacking boot for support. To make long walks comfortable, the brand designers added a heel insert to optimize shock absorption. This is topped by a graded memory insole which follows the contours of the foot for walking comfort.


The Hanwag Lhasa features a hard-wearing hydrophobic Tibetan yak leather (2.4 - 2.6 mm) for its upper. Inside is a chrome-free leather lining which gives it a supple and comfortable feel. 

In addition to that, the Air Pulse System lines the boot with a porous foam which promotes air circulation while wicking away moisture. The holes on the collar help achieve a cozier environment by drawing moist air out and letting fresh air in. Its tongue and cuff are also padded to enhance comfort. The heel area is designed with a flex zone to allow the boot to move in sync with the foot, reducing fatigue.

The boot’s lacing system (including the ball bearing) has combination eyelets which grant a quick yet precise closure. A protective rubber cap is placed on the heel and toe to safeguard against unwanted knocks.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 25.7oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Narrow, Normal
BRAND Brand: Hanwag
Material: Leather, Rubber sole

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Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.