Why We Chose It: New eco-friendly construction, excellent performance
Weight: 1.52kg (pair)
This is a mountain boot designed for big days out on tricky, technical terrain – think scree slopes in the Alps or a traverse over a boulder-filled landscape. It’s something for when you need solid dependability and protection, but still want to be able to cover long distances comfortably.
The lacing system on the Tatra II is excellent. It features nifty little ball bearings in the lower eyelets that allow the laces to pull in smoothly and evenly, plus there are these cleats that let you lock in the lower half of the boot’s lacing before moving onto the top – that means much greater control over the fit.
As we’d expect from Hanwag, the materials are all of a very high quality. The upper, for instance, is made from a lovely-looking waxed nubuck leather which has some excellent eco credentials (more on that further down). There’s also got a solid toe bumper and rand to protect the material from getting scuffed and then a gusseted/bellowed tongue which prevents debris from entering the boot.
As for the materials underfoot, the Tatra has a Vibram AW Integral sole with deep tractor-wheel like lugs and a dependable heel brake. Considering this impressively-lugged sole and the boot’s stiffness and durability as a whole, the overall weight isn’t quite as much as you’d think – just 1520g for a pair. So you’re not going to get too worn out by these if you’re wearing them over a long day.