Outwardly Mammut Mt Centry GTX scrambling boots have a strong walking pedigree with a good rolling flex, plenty of comfortable padding and quick-lacing hooks; but lurking beneath their soft Labrador exterior is a hyperactive Border Collie just dying to scamper up some rocks. The tell-tale signs of this dual personality are fairly well-disguised, and come in the form of a well-designed tread pattern – which has a nicely balanced mix of climbing blocks and walking lugs – and a substantial rand. In action on the rocks, despite feeling a little numb, they stick well to both edge holds and friction holds, and provide a dependable platform. Jamming is a little bit fussier, as the metal upper lace hooks can catch on the sides of the crack or prove uncomfortable as you can feel them through the padding. The Gore-Tex inner and high cuff offer excellent protection against the wet, and combined with the impressive tread pattern these boots are ideal for damp UK conditions. One other plus, both for walking and scrambling, is the nicely refined heel support. This still allows enough flex for awkward moves on rock but also stabilises the heel well in potentially ankle-twisting situations.
Upper materials velour leather, textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex Performance
Sole unit Vibram Maton, Poro wedge
Women’s sizes 37-42.5 (Mt Centrina)
Men’s sizes 40-48
Weight 1452g (pair, size 42.5)
With features loaded towards comfort, Mammut Mt Centry GTX scrambling boots are best suited to walkers who do the odd scramble. They will get you to your route in good order then allow you to tackle moderately technical moves.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine April 2012