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Mountain Kicks 2015: Mammut Comfort Low GTX

Mammut Comfort Low GTX shoe review

Light Alpinism

Here’s an upgrade in protection and support for anyone who uses trail runners in place of hiking boots. The lightweight Comfort Low hikes like a running shoe thanks to a similar heel-to-toe drop and a smooth-flexing sole. Testers liked the responsive cushioning for loping along easy stretches and speedy footwork over rocks and roots. But here, a wide platform and reinforced arch deliver more support than the average running shoe. And the multi-directional lugs on a hard-wearing rubber sole thrive off-road. “The tread eats loose or chossy ascents and maintains control bombing downhill,” a tester wrote. A roomy fit and lavishly cushioned tongue and collar accommodate foot swelling on high-mileage days—and offer a relaxed fit for quick hikes. Swami gripe: Not much protection for rugged alpine scrambles. Swami like: “Fastpackers will love this shoe,” said a tester. Gore-Tex Surround strides through puddles without wetting out, but still vents body heat. 12.7 oz; $160; mammut.ch

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Back to the 2015 Trail Test. From the Early Summer 2015 issue.

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