Undoubtedly, the most important bit of kit an outdoorsman can own is a good pair of boots. But with so many brands, styles and price ranges to choose from, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start!
The Mammut Brecon GTX® is the boot I’ve been using for the last 6 months; a classic 3 season leather boot, designed with the wider British foot in mind – perfect then for my paddle feet.
The boot upper is manufactured from a waxed leather with a generous rubber toe cap, perfect for jamming in to foot holds when hands-on scrambling.
Under foot, the sole is rigid enough for difficult terrain, but not too stiff that it becomes uncomfortable when using on the trails. Vibram® MT Traction sole affords excellent grip in almost all conditions. You can really put your trust in the tread on tricky terrain.
GORE-TEX® inner membrane keeps your feet dry even in the wettest conditions. Only when water goes above the ankle will you experience any dampness, but this can easily be avoided with gaiters.
As previously mentioned, the boots are designed with the British foot in mind – a wider profile. The inner sole also has active arch support to keep your arches high. This is especially good for me, although it was slightly uncomfortable for the first few outings as my feet adjusted to the high arch profile.
Despite the stiff feel of the sole, the Mammut Brecon GTX® are rated at B0 (not suitable for crampons). However, for low risk winter walking, crampons work fine.
Overall, the Mammut Brecon GTX® are an excellent all-mountain boot. They are good looking and functional in equal measures, and are favoured by the British military (for good reason). They aren’t the cheapest boot, nor are they the most expensive, but they are well worth the investment. They are available from Go Outdoors for £140 (with a discount card).