Who should buy the Mammut Kento Guide High GTX

The Kento Guide High GTX bridges the gap between trekking kicks and mountaineering boots. Buy it if: 

  • You've been searching for a B1 boot that's compatible with C2 semi-automatic crampons.
  • The lead-up to your climbing site is a combination of rocky flats and soft-soiled slopes.
  • Mountaineering boots that provide 360-degree protection from abrasive hazards are what you need.

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Who should not buy it

If you find the Kento Guide High GTX's weight heavy, turn to the Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX instead. You might also want to check out the Salewa Rapace GTX if you're looking for a more flexible pair.

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Noteworthy comfort level

Most of the reviewers who gave the Kento Guide High GTX a 5-star rating are very impressed with the boot's super-snug confines. It's "extremely comfortable on the approach," says one of them. "Probably the best boots I have ever owned," says another.

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Knows no premature wear and tear 

Another area in which many believe the Kento Guide High GTX shines is durability. "It's the most robust boots I've ever had," admits one of them. Its outsole, according to another, also holds up well on rough terrain. "They appeared new with no damage"—this was how the boot held up for an expert after exposing the boot to highly abrasive rocks and fell timbers.

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No in-shoe slippage in the Mammut Kento Guide High GTX

It felt "very secure and had zero heel slip," according to a gear pundit. For him, this quality is among the things that make the boot highly recommended.

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Break-in period required

This Kento Guide High GTX, according to a gear maven/experienced elk hunter, requires at least a solid five-mile test hike to fully break in. For context: prior to the boot loosening up, he said he had mild fit issues around the ankle, which disappeared completely after the boot's break-in period.

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Locks out invasive moisture

There are those who say that this Mammut mountaineering boot has stellar waterproofing. "My foot stayed completely dry," one professional blogger said. Also, an experienced climber believes that it's "money well spent" in this regard.

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Tenacity times ten

One of the reassuring and confidence-boosting remarks about the Mammut Kento Guide High GTX underscores its stickiness on various surfaces. "This boot chews up all terrains" and "the grip was always solid" are great comments from a footwear expert. Another climber was so impressed with its tenacity that he was able to ascend "without scary thoughts."

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Kento Guide High GTX equals mighty protection

"I feel very safe in them"—this is how a female climber finds the stoutness of the Kento Guide High GTX, particularly around the toe box.

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Not the most flexible

Among the very few criticisms about the Kento Guide High GTX is its lateral stiffness.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 22.8oz / Women 19.8oz
Use: Mountaineering
Cut: High cut
Features: Eco-friendly, Lace-to-toe, Single / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.