Swiss brand Mammut have upgraded their popular all-rounder, the Trovat Guide High boot, sticking a two (or more specifically a ‘II’) onto the end of its name, freshening up the look and adding a few nice new features.
Mammut call this a mountain boot aimed at ‘demanding leisure hikers’. From the outset, you can tell it’s made for serious hiking and multiple conditions. With its rugged sole, rubber bumper wrap around and leather construction, it has the look of something that’s built to last, and that’ll keep you dry as well.
I took it to Norway for a testing hiking up the rugged rocky hilltops around Bergen to see how it would fare.
The upper is made mostly of full grain leather with a stretchy Gore-tex-lined fabric and leather panel mix keeping the tongue supple and moveable while protecting you at the point where you’re mostly likely going to have water ingress.
There’s a big rubber rand that goes over the toes and wraps around the boot to the heel to protect your feet and add to the overall lifespan of the product itself. It’s definitely a useful design feature for handling hikes on more rocky terrain.
There’s a three-zone lacing system, meaning lace tightness can be adjusted in certain areas as and when you need thanks to two sets of locking eyelets, and all the eyelets are made from metal making them robust for the hills.
‘Memo Foam’ (like a memory foam mattress) is inside both the tongue and heel, providing support but also plenty of long-distance comfort.
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The sole unit as a whole is very impressive. As well as the memory foam, there’s a PU wedge in the midsole, then underneath that there’s an aggressively lugged Vibram MT-Traction II outsole. Overall, there’s a slight rock to this new Trovat Guide II, something Mammut call their ‘Rolling Concept’. This is to ‘encourage the foot’s natural rolling movement’ and to consequently reduce fatigue and the danger of twisting your ankle.
As was the case with the previous Trovat Guide, it’s B1 crampon compatible, meaning C1 semi-automatic or stap-on crampons can be used where needed. Ideal for heading up snowier terrain.