Who should buy the Hanwag Makra Combi GTX

The Hanwag Makra Combi GTX, expensive as it may be, has a lot of alpine-centric benefits to offer to adventurers. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a mountaineering boot that can protect the user’s foot from water intrusions.
  • Prefer a mountaineering boot that renders a multi-directional grip on virtually all types of terrain.

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX logo

Excellent traction on uneven and slippery surfaces

Helping users stay stable on various types of terrain is the Hanwag Makra Combi GTX’s Vibram Pepe outsole. Its center is filled with widely-spaced lugs while the sole’s lateral area has irregular-shaped treads. This design grants traction on uneven and slippery surfaces. 

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX outsole 2

Excellent stopping power

The forefoot region contains a climbing zone feature, which gives added control when ascending. Moreover, it incorporates a heel brake into its design, giving extra stopping power when going downhill.

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX outsole 1

Lightweight cushioning

This Hanwag boot for mountaineers comes with a midsole made of EVA, a material that gives lightweight cushioning. It also provides energy return and reduces shock from every stride. Its heel section is equipped with a welt, allowing the attachment of semi-automatic crampons.

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX midsole


The Makra Combi GTX comes with a stiff nylon insole which gives ample arch support. It also prevents the foot from slipping inside the boot.

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX arch support

Waterproof and breathable

The Hanwag Makra Combi GTX uses an upper made of suede leather and Cordura fabric, making it lightweight. It is lined with a Gore-Tex membrane that protects the wearer’s foot from wet conditions while maintaining breathability. A rubber rand wraps around the upper’s base, rendering both durability and protection from trail dangers.

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX upper

Secure fit and easy to wear

This mountaineering boot employs a series of fabric loops and metal hooks for its lacing system. These components enable the wearer to manage the footgear’s fit. It has a counter in the rearfoot zone that gives added heel support and security. A pull tab is positioned at the back to give easy on and off to the user.

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX laces

Hanwag Makra Combi GTX vs. Scarpa Charmoz

Both of these mountaineering offerings are designed with an emphasis on lightness. Shown below are some of the qualities that set them apart and the elements they share.

Weight. The Scarpa Charmoz for men weighs 770g while its women’s variant comes in at 624g. Meanwhile, the Makra Combi GTX is lighter. Its men’s and women’s version weighs 625g and 580g, respectively.

Upper. The Charmoz’ high-top upper is made of fast-drying synthetic fabrics. It is lined with an OUtDry membrane, thereby preventing water from entering while allowing excess moisture to escape. A rubber rand covers the upper’s base. It works in tandem with a toe cap, rendering protection and durability. On the other hand, the Hanwag Makra Combi GTX is a Gore-Tex-equipped boot for outdoor enthusiasts. It possesses a suede and Cordura upper, which reduces the footgear’s overall weight.

Lacing System. Giving wearers a customized and secure fit is the Scarpa Charmoz’s speed lacing system. It uses a set of D-rings and metal hooks that help users adjust the fit in one swift motion. The Hanwag Makra Combi GTX, meanwhile, uses a lacing system that extends toward the toe box.

Crampon Compatibility. Both the Makra Combi GTX and the Charmoz are compatible with semi-automatic crampons. These boots are equipped with a welt on the heel’s base that serve as a crampon point.

Outsole. The Scarpa Charmoz comes with a Mulaz S outsole from Vibram. It withstands low temperatures while delivering ground adherence on snowy terrain. Its surface is also littered with self-cleaning lugs, which optimizes grip on wet and dry surfaces. The Hanwag Makri Combi GTX’s Vibram Pepe, on the other hand, is perfect for alpine routes with glacial sections on it.

Nice to know

  • Those who require a more comfortable option for single-day trips may want to look into a pair of hiking shoes. One of the choices that may be considered is the Merrell Moab 2 GTX.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 22oz / Women 20.5oz
Use: Alpine
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe, Single / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Hanwag

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.