Verdict from 8 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Hanwag Trapper Top GTX runs true to size, according to many consumers.
  • A decent number of reviewers applauded the boot’s amazing level of comfort.
  • This Hanwag backpacking footgear impressed several wearers with its astonishing warming capability.
  • Some owners only had praises for the Trapper Top GTX’s almost non-existent break-in period.
  • The footgear’s adamantine durability earned the admiration of a few patrons.
  • Its incredibly supportive ankle shaft stunned less than a handful of testers.
  • A user commended the backpacking gear’s jaw-dropping lightness.

1 reason not to buy

  • The insufficient cushioning of the Trapper Top GTX’s insole was detested by a couple of reviewers.

Bottom line

A one-to-one fit awaits those who choose to pick up the Hanwag Trapper Top GTX. Backpackers who decide to don this remarkably warm footgear can also look forward to a break-in-free kind of comfort. What outdoorsy folks might find undesirable in this durable hiker, however, is its criminally thin stock footbed. Overall, the Trapper Top GTX, past its lone yet manageable mishap, is a solid Hanwag product whose qualities provide a game-changing experience for serious pack travelers across the globe.

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Good to know

The Hanwag Trapper Top GTX is built for adventurers who require a combination of protection and support in their arduous pursuits out in the wild. It allows wearers to move with enhanced mobility thanks to its flex zone at the heel.

It uses a Vibram outsole made exclusively for Hanwag to secure the user’s footing over precarious terrain. It may be resoled at a cost.

Hanwag’s Trapper Top GTX is a fairly true-to-size, high-cut backpacking boot for men. It is offered in full and half sizes in D – standard width. Owners can customize its fit using the footwear’s closure system with clamping lace hooks.

Giving backpackers the right amount of grip on various types of off-trail surfaces is the gear’s Vibram Breithorn outsole. Its toothy multi-sided lugs have enough depth, rendering it capable of providing added surefootedness over slippery terrain. This sticky component also has quite a prominent heel brake for extra slip resistance on descents.

The Hanwag Trapper Top GTX’s hardwearing yet springy midsole is what cushions and stabilizes the foot over considerably rugged terrain. It has a heel element that absorbs shock and a lightweight stiffener called shank for additional medial support. To give trekkers a bit more comfort underfoot, Hanwag designers paired this cushy layer with a graded memory insole.

This trekking boot from Hanwag envelops the foot in its above-the-ankle upper made of waxed nubuck leather. Making its confines adequately warm yet watertight is a Gore-Tex laminate, called Duratherm. Both its collar and tongue are lined with sufficient padding for extra comfort. The bottom perimeter of this leathered-up footgear is covered with a heavy-duty rubber rand, protecting the boot from abrasive elements in every direction.

The footgear’s lace-up closure features D-rings, closed loops with ball bearings, and open hooks for eyelets. They work in full force with the shoe’s synthetic lace in keeping the foot locked in safely.


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