A Solid All-Round Trail Shoe from Mammut
The Mammut Redburn GTX have undergone several minor revisions since their release in 2008 with the shoes earning a strong following amongst outdoor enthusiasts. The Redburn GTX are often referred to as an approach shoe which intimates their suitability for light hiking or basically getting you to your climbing spot in relative comfort. The pair reviewed here are near approaching their second anniversary so felt it was time to give a thorough run down on their performance to date.
From the first fitting the Mammut Redburn GTX’s felt snug though perhaps a little tight around the forefoot which might not be to everyone’s liking but after some wearing in time feel very comfortable. The shoes incorporate a gusseted neoprene tongue for locking out debris and ensuring secure fit. The website I made the purchase from made mention that the shoes have a slightly narrow profile. Whilst I haven’t found this an issue, those with wider shaped feet would be prudent to try on a pair first to check for correct sizing before purchasing online. The Redburn GTX run a tad on the small size and would suggest choosing half a size larger than you normally would.
As a highly technical approach shoe the Redburn GTX excels over various terrain and have never felt unsteady or at risk of rolling an ankle even on rough trails. The Base Fit special textile lacing works well transferring power to the soles and prevents pressure points and slipping in the shoe. The heel cup and toe box provide terrific stiffness for foot support and protection.
The Redburn GTX’s strong point are their rather grippy under sole traction which delivers confidence whether negotiating gnarly tracks or scrambling rock crags. The shoes incorporate a propriety Gripex Cougapproach sole backed by a lightweight EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) IP wedge for safe and comfortable walking. The under sole lugs were apparently inspired by the claws of a mountain lion and hence handle well in wet and muddy conditions. After hundreds of kilometres of backcountry hiking the rubber soles remain in good condition with minimal wear.
The shoes are constructed of high quality abrasive resistant materials and include similar to my North Face Ultra Guide GTX shoes a breathable GORE-TEX membrane designed to keep your feet dry. The shoes also include a large toe rand offering some toe protection as well as protecting the velour leather upper from damage.
In addition to being a comfortable and relative light weight approach shoe the Redburn GTX’s are multifunctional and suited to light rock climbing. Along with their cool looks they and are easy to slip on and off, though some may find the shoes feel a little too restrictive for everyday use.
Mammut Redburn GTX approach shoe key features:
Fabric: velours leather
Weight: men’s size 8.5 UK 822g (pair)
Lining: GORE-TEX waterproof membrane
Outsole abrasion resistant Gripex APX rubber
Under sole lugs inspired by the claws of a mountain lion
Gusseted neoprene tongue
Rubber toe cap
Base Fit lacing
Country of origin: China
Mammut Redburn GTX approach shoe 3020-04130: ($69 USD) (as at May 16, 2014)