Who should buy the Mammut Kento Tour High GTX

The Kento Tour High GTX is a sustainable, versatile B1 mountaineering boot. It's for you if:

Who should NOT buy it

With its excellent durability from top to bottom, the Salewa Crow GTX is a fine alternative to the Kento Tour High GTX. Also, check out the Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX if you prefer a mountaineering boot with a pull loop on the heel.

Comfy ascents in the Kento Tour High GTX

Many mountaineers applaud the Kento Tour High GTX's exceptional snugness. "The most comfortable boots I ever had" is, perhaps, the most compelling remark about the boot's comfort level. That said, the following comments are also quite convincing:

  • "5 ***** from me."—this is from a military veteran.
  • "Comfortable from the start."
  • "It doesn't hurt at all."

Excellent grip but with a catch

"The grip kept me from slipping on rock," says one of the boot's believers when it comes to surface traction. The same mountaineer is especially floored by the shoe's adhesive performance on scrambles. That said, it has been reported that the outsole's lugs thin out way too quickly.

Gain vertical miles minus the wetness

The Mammut Kento Tour High GTX, according to a handful, has extraordinary waterproofing. "I stayed completely dry," said one of them.

Wanted: Heel pull loop

This mountaineering boot from Mammut lacks a pull tab or loop on the heel collar, and an experienced climber is not very pleased. To him, the absence of this component makes on and off a bit difficult. Also, clipping the boot to your pack can be quite tricky without it.

Mammut Kento Tour High GTX equals fantastic support

There are those who find the Kento Tour High GTX incredibly supportive, especially around the midfoot. One of them says that, because of this, the featured boot is recommendable for overnight backpacking trips.

Your ally on edges

Its climbing zone is "very precise on rocks," according to a tester. Because of this, edging on smaller protrusions is more efficient.

Feels custom-made fit-wise for him

"Love them"—this is how a male mountaineer expressed his appreciation of the Kento Tour High GTX in the fit department. That said, female climbers tell a different story, with one saying that "when going downhill they feel a bit tight." Another female mountaineer believes that the boot is not for wide feet.

Climb light in the Kento Tour High GTX

"This shoe is very light for leather," says a mountaineer. Indeed, at 610 g per kick, the Kento Tour High GTX is among the lightest mountaineering boots on the market. FYI: on average, mountaineering boots weigh 865 g.

For the budget-conscious mountaineer

With its MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) of $200, the Mammut Kento Tour High GTX is quite the steal. Indeed, the featured boot is among the budget-friendliest since, in the mountaineering world, anything below $270 is considered very affordable.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 21.5oz / Women 18.5oz
Use: Mountaineering
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe, Single
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Mammut

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Author
Paul Ronto
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.