Why We Chose The Hanwag Ferrata II GTX: Quality materials and design, technical performance, comfort.
We liked the original Ferrata Combi GTX by Hanwag enough to include it in our Outdoor 100 product guide back in 2017. Now a few years down the line, this follow on, the Ferrata II makes it into 2019’s version. And for good reason, we think (well, it wouldn’t be in otherwise).
This is a boot designed for challenging, rocky terrain. Hanwag specifically refer to via ferrata or alpine tours on rock or ice as being in their sights with this, and we’d agree. It has a a sole unit that is absolutely up to the task for handling that kind of stuff.
It’s got the perfect stiffness to it; solid enough to be able to fit a C2 crampon and with just enough flex to make it comfortable enough for covering reasonable distances in. There’s also that slightly pointed toe and climbing zone which enables you to get a very precise, firm and reliable foothold on even the slightest of edges.
Looking at the actual specifics of this boot’s sole unit, there are a lot of clever ingredients. The midsole uses Hanwag’s TubeTec Rock technology which features an extremely cushioning polyurethane foam housed within a tough thermoplastic to ensure the longevity of the shock absorption. According to Hanwag, it’s mainly the developments made here with the midsole that make this boot 10% lighter than the original Ferrata Combi boot.
Onto the outsole. This features Vibram’s Mont, a compound which can be found in a number of other high spec mountaineering boots – from the likes of Lowa and La Sportiva for example. It’s aggressive, with deep, tractor-wheel-like lugs across the tread which will be dependable on sharp downhills.
The shape of the entire sole unit itself promotes a slight rocking action. This is something that, over long distances, can make a real difference, not just in terms of comfort but also in energy-saving.