Raichle/Mammut Mtn. Trail GTX 2009

There is actually very little between this and the Scarpa Trek, but for the same price the Mountain Trail also gets a Gore-Tex lining. This was a Raichle boot, but the brand has been absorbed by Mammut so you may see it badged as either. The boot is based around a simple nubuck leather upper without lots of stitching to leak or fail over time. The upper is stiff and supportive with a solid toe box to protect the feet. Underfoot you get a very aggressive sole unit, and this has a little more lug depth to it than some for better grip and longer durability. There’s also plenty of stiffness in the sole, so it is ideal for tackling rocky mountain paths, scree and jagged rocks. But you also get a wonderfully easy rolling action and plenty of cushioning, which makes the Mammut Mtn. Trail GTX far comfier than many boots. The price is exceptional for what you get. There is really nothing wrong with these, although if you prefer a boot without a waterproof lining the Scarpa Trek is a better option – and of course that boot may fit your foot shape better too, so I would say try both. There is no rubber toe rand on this boot, which is a consideration for really hardcore users, but not for more casual users.

 

Upper nubuck leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Backpacking Rolling II
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Weight 1598g (pair, size 8)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK no info provided

Verdict: The combination of the price coupled with the performance makes the Raichle / Mammut Mtn Trail GTX a clear winner for 3-season scrambling, backpacking, and walking over hills and mountains. 

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009



RAICHLE MT ENVY

Review: With a suede and fabric upper, and stacks of padding, the Mt Envy is a wonderfully comfortable boot with a slightly broad last. It’s a very stiff boot and this makes it superb with crampons on, but at the same time, a bit less versatile without them. The Vibram outsole has deep cleats that provide plenty of purchase in mud or snow, and the area beneath the toe has a smooth section marked as a Climbing Zone, which is more useful for scrambling than it is for walking. It’s a good winter walking boot, but better for climbing and very expensive.  
VITAL STATS
Sizes: 6-13 (UK); 41-47 (Euro)
Upper: Nubuk/fabric
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Mulaz 
Weight: 1,620g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01625 508218, www.mammut.ch

Raichle MT Guide GTX

A little harsh to start with, but the leather upper soon wore in to offer a decent level of comfort. Broad toe area, making it hard to eliminate toe-bang on descents. A stiff boot best-suited to rougher going, yet quite low at the ankle so not as supportive as some. A little clumsy at times and they lose a mark as an eyelet pulled off during the test.

VITAL STATS
Colour: Dark brown
Sizes: 6-12 (UK including half-sizes); 39-47 (Euro’)
Upper: Full-grain leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Hiking
Weight: 1,420g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01625 508218, www.raichle.ch
Verdict: A classy, rugged, high-mountain boot that will suit those with wider feet, especially if they don’t like a high ankle. Excellent performance and superb value.

Raichle Mt Envy GTX 2008

The Raichle Mt Envy GTX is a lightweight 3-4 season boot that looks ideal for scrambling and mountaineering. The upper is synthetic with leather reinforcements and there is double stitching throughout to add a little durability. There is a rubber rand for extra durability on rock too. Underfoot you get a stiff flex with a reasonably aggressive outsole lug pattern, which is good for general mountain use. The outsole also gets a smooth climbing zone for better performance on rock. On the foot there is ample space around the toes coupled with a close dexterous feel to the forefoot area to improve climbing ability. There is more cushioning at the heel for comfort on hard surfaces. This feels a great walking and scrambling boot that’s particularly good for tackling mountaineering and via ferrata trips in the mountains. But the Raichle Mt Envy GTX’s upper is not as durable as a full leather option. There is less cushioning in the forefoot area, which is a drawback for general walking, but an advantage when climbing. It generally feels slightly better for mountaineering than general walking.

Upper nubuck leather, Dropstop synthetic materials
Lining Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Mulaz
Crampon compatibility B1
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Weight 1896g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 65
Verdict
If you want a year-round boot with a mountaineering bias, then this is ideal, but others have a slight edge for general year-round walking.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008

Raichle G5 XCR

Comfortable, nice and light, with excellent midsole support. Good shock absorption at the heel keeps them feeling comfy all day. The lightweight uppers make for easy walking and ensure dry feet.A good quality walking shoe that’s ideal for UK walking and will especially suit women with wide feet. Lightweight Gore-Tex XCR lining will keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Colour: Sea/light grey

Sizes: 4-9 (UK, including half- sizes), 37-43 (Euro’)

Upper: Nubuck/vent-mesh

Waterproof lining: Gore-Tex XCR

Sole: Vibram Multisport

Weight: 780g

Men’s version: Yes

Contact: 01625 508218, www.raichle.ch

Raichle Sierra GTX

Quite narrow, especially at the toe, but you are able to get a fairly stable fit thanks to the excellent lacing system. They have a decent amount of toe and heel protection, too. Lovely, lightweight boots with a rolling action in the sole that makes them easy to walk in. The Gore-Tex lining will keep you dry in the worst wet weather and grip is good.

 

Colour: Navy/sea
Sizes: 4-9 (UK), 37-43 (‘Euro)
Upper: Suede/textile
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Hiking
Weight: 1,100g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01625 508218, www.raichle.ch

Verdict: The Sierra GTX is a quality lightweight boot that’s well-suited to UK hillwalking and especially suited to those with narrower feet. Good value for money, too.

 

First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008

Raichle Mt Guide GTX

Raichle’s Mt Guide 3-season boot is a lightweight option that still manages to provide excellent protection and support. The upper is a clean, full-grain leather with minimal stitching to enhance durability. Inside there’s a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The toe box is solid with a good rubber rand to enhance the life of the boot.
The ankle is a little lower than most boots of this style, which helps to reduce weight while also providing a little more freedom of movement. Underfoot you get good cushioning and an aggressive outsole lug pattern for grip on a wide variety of terrain.
This is a good hill and mountain boot for scrambling, thanks to that lower ankle cuff, but also for general walking. Some may prefer a higher ankle cuff, in which case the Raichle Mount Trail GTX at £140 would be a perfect alternative. Some boots are lighter (but not as supportive), while others have a full rubber rand for even more durability on scree and scrambles.

 

Upper: full-grain leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Hiking
Sizes: 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Weight: 1576g (pair, size 11)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: A superb hill and mountain boot for those who prefer a lighter boot with a lower ankle cuff, but still want support and protection from the sole and upper.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008


Raichle G5 XCR

This lightweight multi-activity shoe from Raichle weighs 1108g (pair, size 11). It has a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining and lightly stiffened toe box with protective bumper, a supportive heel cup and very well-cushioned sole. There is lots of heel, arch and forefoot sole support and aggressive lugs which are useful on mud and grass making this a useful all-rounder. However,  it’s a high price tag for what you get.

Verdict: Worth a look as a lightweight, waterproof shoe for walking on rocky paths, approaching crags and travel this is worth a look.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008


Raichle All-Degree Lite GTX

The Raichle All-Degree Lite GTX is quite simply among the most comfortable 3/4-season boots you will find – well-padded in all the right places, easy to lace up and very supportive. The fit’s quite broad, and they are also really light.
Hard to fault, the All-Degree is light and agile enough to compete with most high- performance three-season boots, yet has the added bonus of being crampon-compatible when it does snow.

 

Contact: 01625 508218, www.raichle.com

Verdict: Perfect if you only want one pair of high-level boots – summer or winter – yet only envisage strapping on crampons a few times a year. Best for broader feet.


Raichle Mount Envy GTX

These climbing boots have a smooth climbing zone on Vibram sole; high rubber rand for durability; exceptionally stiff sole flex; solid toe box; excellent heel support; Nubuck leather adds durability to synthetic upper; Gore-Tex waterproof lining. But very heavy at 2070g (pair, size 11); stiff sole means walking will not be as comfortable as others; upper not as durable as full leather.

Verdict: Buy them if you want a mountaineering boot for climbing.


Raichle G5 XCR

This multi-activity shoe features a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining; stiff toe box with protective bumper; supportive heel cup; very well-cushioned sole; lots of heel, arch and forefoot sole support. But outsole lug pattern is perhaps not the most aggressive; upper may not be as durable as some others.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a lightweight waterproof shoe for walking over rocky paths, approaching crags and general travel.


Raichle Mount Trail GTX

This 3-season boot took 4th place back in TrailApril 06. It benefits from a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet, and that higher level of waterproofness makes this ideal for those walking day after day in very wet conditions. Like all the top-end Raichle boots this offers much of what most walkers will want. So you get a very stitchless nubuck leather upper, which means you’ll get years of durability no matter what the terrain throws at you. The upper is virtually a one-piece leather construction, to allow it to fight of the knocks and scrapes from scree. A solid toe box means those stray boulders won’t bruise your toes. The stiff leather upper provides support and protection to the foot, while the ankle cuff is comfortable enough to allow easy walking yet supportive enough to reduce ankle injuries. Underfoot you get a very aggressive Vibram sole unit, and this is partly what sets this apart from some other boots in its class. Good cushioning and sole flex make this boot comfortable on a rocky ridge or a long walk home along a country lane. Add in the fact that these are available for women up to size 9 and everyone should be happy. There is nothing major wrong here and I would definitely try this alongside the other boots in its price range to ensure you get the best fit for your feet. However the boot does not get a full rubber rand. The Raichle Mount Trail XT for £140 has a rubber toe cap. Some walkers may feel that Gore-Tex waterproof lining is unnecessary as there is little stitching to leak. I felt slightly higher from the ground in Raichle boots than in some others. The Raichle did not feel especially spacious in the forefoot, so those with wider feet may prefer  to look elsewhere. If you want to save some cash, then check out the £120 Raichle Mnt Guide GTX.

 

Upper: Nubuck leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram MT Traction
Sizes: 6-14 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 1; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1728g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: England 150; Scotland 20; Wales 40; Ireland 5

Verdict: Buy it if you want the one of the best hill and mountain walking boots in the country, like a waterproof lining and don’t think you need a full rubber rand as this is hard to improve on.


Raichle Mount Guide GTX

A 3-season boot that is a little brother to the Raichle Mount Trail and lower in price; slightly lower ankle cuff for more comfort; virtually stitchless leather upper; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; up to size 9 women’s; toe and heel reinforcement; aggressive Vibram outsole. But lacks some of the quality features of the Raichle Mount Trail GTX.

Verdict: Buy it if you can’t quite stretch to the Raichle Mount Trail GTX or want a boot for backpacking and day walks rather than more serious mountain walking.


Raichle Mt Peak XT

A frequent Trail favourite 3-4 season boot, the Mount Peak XT now gets a full rubber rand, to make it even better for the winter walker than a year ago. The boot is based around a quality leather upper that is not one-piece, but it has minimal stitching. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too. The double tongue of last year’s model has been replaced with a simpler single tongue without any loss of comfort. The ankle cuff is high and the underfoot sole unit is a little more aggressive than some. The sole stiffness is ideal for crampons for snow and ice or for walking on snow, rock and rubble. But there is not a lot here to complain about. Some may prefer a higher-volume fit or a closer and more precise fit for scrambling or mountaineering. Some others are better if you want a boot more dedicated to scrambling or mountaineering.

 

Upper: full-grain leather
Lining: Gore-Tex Waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Backpacking Rolling II advanced sole
Sizes: 6-13
Trail fit profile: forefoot- medium; heel- medium; volume- medium; length- medium
Crampon compatibility: B1
Weight: 1984g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: 80

Verdict: Definitely a good choice if you want a top-quality boot for year-round hill and mountain walking as well as use on snow.


Raichle 60 Degree

This 4-season boot is well-padded throughout the inside  and a rubber rand around the whole boot adds protection on the outside that is ideal for mountaineering. I also like the higher ankle cuff that adds a touch more support for steeper terrain. The outsole is exceptionally aggressive which again is ideal for mountaineering and extensive winter use. On the foot it feels superb, being well-cushioned and having a good rolling action on every step for such a stiff boot. The boot feels great when climbing though and has the edge over the Scarpa in this area. But in general the Raichle is a little more of a mountaineering boot than a walking boot, thanks to the rubber rand, high ankle cuff and slightly more pointed profile. The slightly narrow toe isn’t quite as comfy as the wider boots and the walking action is not quite as smooth as some less technical designs. The main drawback for walkers is that the boot is noticeably heavier than some here.

 

Upper: 3mm reversed full-grain leather
Lining: Gore-Tex Duratherm
Sole: Vibram Icetrek, PU shock absorber
Sizes: 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s) 
Trail Fit Profile: forefoot-medium; heel-medium; volume-medium; length-normal
Crampon compatibility: B2
Weight: 2500g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: 139

Verdict: A great choice if you are heading for a big snowy mountain and want a boot for the walk in as well as scrambling, mountaineering and climbing. 


Raichle MT Guide GTX

These threee-season leather boots from Raichle feel a little harsh straight from the box, but ‘give’ with time. They are quite narrow in the middle of the foot, but the toe box is broad, making them feel a little clumsy. Extremely light, yet rugged enough to take a few knocks, these feel perfect on rougher terrain, where the fairly stiff midsole comes into its own. A Gore-Tex lining gives it an edge on versatility over most.

Verdict: A lightweight, yet traditional looking full-leather boot offering all-round performance and dry feet. Reasonably versatile, but definitely at its best on rougher, high mountain terrain.

Colour: Dark brown

Sizes: 6-12 (UK including half sizes), 39-47 (Euro’)

Upper: Full-grain leather

Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex

Sole: Vibram Hiking

Weight: 1,350g

Women’s version: Unisex

Contact: 01625 508218; www.raichle.ch


Raichle Sierra GTX

These fabric boots from Raichle are really comfortable from the off, with a medium-high ankle cuff and plenty of padding where it’s needed. Slightly wider than some, they allow you to really crank up the laces for a super-stable fit, with no heel-rubbing on the climbs and no toe-banging on the descents. Plenty of toe and heel protection too. They don’t disappoint on the hill, feeling less clumsy than some, with a medium-stiff midsole that makes them ideal for all-round walking. Being so stable means they feel quite nimble when negotiating difficult ground. The Vibram outsole does a great job too, providing decent grip on soft ground and excelling on rock and firmer surfaces. Quite light too, with a good rugged build.

Verdict: The Sierra GTX is a superb three-season fabric boot with a supportive upper, a medium-stiff midsole and a versatile outsole that’s ideal for all-round hillwalking. Ruggedly built, well-padded and best suited to those with average to wide feet. Great price too.

Colours: Anthracite/grey or grey/orange

Sizes: 6-13 (UK), 40-48 (Euro’)

Upper: Velour leather/Cordura

Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex

Sole: Vibram Hiking sole

Weight: 1,410g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 01625 508218; www.raichle.ch


Raichle Women’s Explorer GTX

These very comfortable three-season boots from Raichle, although a little on the roomy side, fit really well. The padding in the tongue is good, and the flex point in the toe is just right. The support given by the ankle cuffs and uppers ensure you stay comfortable all day. The tough Vibram sole grips well, especially on hard ground, and the rubber at the toe provides excellent protection from rocks. While waterproof, they aren’t too hot and the supportive ankle cuffs mean they work well over uneven ground.

Verdict: A forgiving and comfortable walking boot that is definitely worth a look if you have wide feet. They don’t come cheap but are supportive enough for most types of terrain.

Colours: Navy

Sizes: 4-9 (UK), 37-43 (euro’)

Upper: Nubuck leather

Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex

Sole: Vibram Hiking

Weight: 1,200g

Men’s version: Yes

Contact: 01625 508218; www.raichle.ch