At 1908g for a size 11 pair, the Mammut Magic GTX is the second lightest and the lowest-priced boot in our test, so it’s instantly appealing, as all 4-season boots are relatively heavy and pricy compared with bendy 3-season boots. The upper is made primarily from synthetic materials with leather overlays and there’s a large amount of stitching here, which may mean that in the long term this may not be as durable as higher-priced boots with less stitching. But you do get a large rubber rand to protect that upper and of course you may only wear these boots a few times a year. Underfoot you get a decent Vibram sole unit with good, deep, widely spaced lugs that are ideal for snow and ice. There’s also a smooth area under the toe for better performance when scrambling or mountaineering. The Mammut Magic GTX provides a close fit with a toe area that’s well-designed to provide good performance when walking and reasonable performance when climbing, although the more profiled boots are more precise for the latter activity. The ankle also flexes nicely forward, making this boot feel really good when walking. It’s ideal for most British winter hillgoers, and a very good price, but if you pay slightly more you should get more durability in the upper and extra insulation.
Upper materials Dropstop synthetic with leather overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Maton
Women’s sizes 4-9
Men’s sizes 6.5-13
Weight 1908g (pair, size 11)
For most British winter walkers the Mammut Magic GTX offers superb value and performance. Only those looking for the ultimate in long-term performance, or who are heading onto more technical ground in colder conditions, need look elsewhere.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine January 2014