Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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Updates to Mammut Magic Guide High GTX
- The Mammut Magic Guide High GTX is an above-the-ankle mountaineering boot that is designed for technical climbs. It has thermal insulation thanks primarily to Gore-Tex’s Duratherm Comfort Footwear membrane.
- Shielding the wearer’s feet from the elements is the boot’s full-grain leather upper. It is engineered with a Memo Foam to provide cushioning around the instep, shin, and ankle zones.
- A lining and padding system called Feet Map is part of the boot’s engineering. This system makes the footwear amply breathable and warm. It also prevents pressure points.
- Its outsole is called the Vibram Maton. This grippy layer is resolable, which means it can be replaced with a new one when certain criteria are met.
Mammut Magic Guide High GTX size and fit
Mammut’s Magic Guide High GTX is a fairly true-to-size, high-cut footgear built specifically for male mountaineers with standard width feet. It is offered in full and half sizes. Its 3 Zone Lacing system offers fit personalization.
Based on the XS Trek compound, which is characterized by durability, responsiveness, and comfort, the Vibram Maton outsole gets to produce ample traction yet remain tough on considerably craggy mountain ranges. Its heavy-duty lugs are specially engineered for tackling ascents and descents.
Giving users footing stability and underfoot protection is the Mammut Magic Guide High GTX’s lightweight wedge which is made using a combination of PU, TPU, and poro. It has a B3 level of rigidity and comes equipped with heel and toe notches, making the boot completely compatible with automatic (step-in) crampons.
Contributing to the amount of comfort this component provides is the boot’s thermally charged insole. It is made of a carbon-based material.
The boot has a Perwanger full-grain leather upper. This protective shell is engineered with an abrasion-resistant rubber rand covering the base of the upper, the elastic Gore-Tex tongue and the Base Fit 2.1 mechanism which grants not only blister protection but also extra heel support.
For the footwear’s insulation, Mammut engineers imbued its interior with the Duratherm Comfort Footwear membrane from Gore-Tex. They also gave the boot a half-gaiter made of neoprene for extra warmth.
The boot’s closure hardware is called the 3 Zone Lacing system. It consists of round synthetic laces and a set of loops and open hooks. The tongue also has a stud that securely fastens both the tongue and laces in place.