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Should Perform Better At This Price
on 2 February 2013
Firstly many people know about the problems in the past of the sole peeling away on these boots (Google it for more info). Mine have not peeled but the sole has worn far more in 6 months use than it ought to have.
However the issue of durability is not my main concern with this boot. My main issue is the way they perform during demanding use, a purpose that any boot in this price range should excel at.
Yes they are waterproof, yes they are reasonably comfortable staight from the box, yes they look good and yes the sole rolls beautifully during level walking. Unfortunately that same sole forgets to grip when wet, particularly on rock.
Now whichever way you look at it in any walking boot poor performance on wet rock is a flaw, but in a high end boot like this it is inexcusable. The surface you are treading on does not even need to be wet, I have put my foot in a shallow stream then slipped on dry rock because the boot was wet.
Add to this that the boot feels cumbersome when it is on, the ankle support is poor for a boot of this stiffness and the sole does not bite into the hillside enough when contouring on steep slopes, you may find yourself like I did thinking you have misinterpreted what the boot was meant to be used for.
I have had to replace my pair of Mt.Trail because at best they were causing me confidence issues due to constant slipping even on the approach to an ascent, particularly when using cloughs or gulleys, but in worse case scenario they have been dangerous (bad traction at the top of a 25ft waterfall which I had gone around and not, I haisten to add, attempted to climb).
I know conditions and terrain play a big part in boot performance but the Mt Trail have been consitently bad culminating with me slipping and hitting my fist into a dry stone wall (only one winner there!) and my previous (cheaper) boots performed much better in the same environment.
To top it all the boot I have replaced the Mt Trail with is the Scarpa SL Activ and the Scarpas are in a completely different league, better grip, more precise foot placement, real ankle support, the list goes on, and yes personal preferece plays its part when saying what one person likes better in one make of boot compared with another but when two types of boots are so close in price and intended purpose as the Mammut and the Scarpas I'm afraid that when only the Scarpas are fully usable for that intended purpose it leaves a damning indictment on the Mammuts whatever your personal preference.