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Hanwag Makra Trek Gore-tex Boots | Review

Will Renwick gives his verdict on these tough trekking boots from Bavarian bootmakers, Hanwag

Sturdy, supportive, solid at the toe and with a bit of heft, the Hanwag Makra Trek GTX is a proper boot made for tough terrain. From my experience, it’s fine-tuned for rocky trails, boulder-hopping and scree slopes, and yet, despite that robustness, Hanwag has also managed to make it something that’s comfortable to walk in over big mileage. It’s got a cushioned midsole, a fit and feel that was fine to wear right out of the box and a toe volume and design that strikes the right balance between precision and comfort over distances. 

This is the kind of walking boot that I’d want to wear for something like the Alta Via 2 which is a rocky, scrambly, high alpine trail through the Dolomites. In the UK, I think it’s overkill for any summer long-distance hiking – too heavy for me – but I think it’d be a great choice for those big days out in Scotland where you’re facing rocky Munros with the inevitable bit of bog too. 


The upper is made from a mix of leather and synthetics. It has a Gore-tex waterproof membrane and a gusseted tongue which means that water can only enter through the very top of the boot. It has a removable insole, a PU-midsole with a lightweight shank that runs from the heel to the midsole, a heel counter and aggressive lugs made from a versatile compound that grips well on a range of surfaces. 

Interestingly, the lacing is designed to give a two-stage fit. This means that, with the help of a little plastic toggle, you can lock in the lacing from the toe to the mid foot and then get a nice precise fit at the ankle too. It’s useful and it serves its purpose well to enable you to get a close and comfortable fit. What I’m a little bit concerned about, however, is that the toggle feels a little flimsy. You’ve got a super tough boot that’s built to last but then a bit of plastic that just doesn’t mirror the quality. I’m concerned that there’s a risk of the internal springs rusting or the plastic breaking. I’ll report back here if any issues do arise over time. 


These feel fairly stiff, but they’ve still got a bit of flex to them. That means they’re precise and solid enough for grade 1 scrambles and also comfortable enough for the long walk in and out. They’re not stiff enough for crampons – it’s worth looking at the Hanwag Ferrata II GTX if you want a trekking shoe with crampon compatibility.

The Makra Trek Gore-tex on test on the Welsh coast.


I tried the Hanwag Makra Trek Gore-tex in a UK 10, my usual size, and I found the fit to be perfect. There’s just about enough space to wiggle the toes, there are pressure points and, straight out of the box, I managed to hike 15 miles in these without feeling any hot spots. 

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If you’ve got wide feet, it’s worth knowing that Hanwag also makes a version of the Makra Trek Gore-tex that’s built around the brand’s SF Extra last. This gives more room around the forefoot. 

Hanwag Makra Trek Gore-tex Verdict

If you’re a casual hiker that just wants a pair of waterproof boots for the odd country ramble then I’d say the Hanwag Makra Gore-tex will be overkill for your needs. Instead, I’d recommend something lighter, more flexible and lower cost. The Hanwag Banks would be a good shout. I also really rate the Haglofs Skuta Mid Eco

The outsole provides a lot of bite.

If you take your hiking seriously, however, and tend to stray into the rocky and boggy parts of this world then the Makra Trek Gore-tex would be a good investment. I use the word investment deliberately: it’s an expensive boot, but it’s built to last (well, potentially barring the lace toggle) and I can see it being capable of seeing out a lot of miles.

Price: £265
Weight: 1270g
What we like: performance is excellent, well made and built to last
What we don’t like: quite expensive, lace toggle seems flimsy
Best for: alpine trekking
Available from: alpinetrek.co.uk

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