Closeouts. With a full-grain leather upper and lining, Mammut Kootenay 5 hiking boots offer excellent comfort and durability. A supportive midsole and Vibram® rubber outsole equip you for the stiffest backpacking challenges.
Reviewed by Stefanie from South Carolina on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I love, love, love these boots! At first I was a little skeptical about purchasing boots online (especially considering the European to US conversion), but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. I generally wear women's size 11M (US), which is never easy to shop for. After using the conversion chart for size and taking the advice of the individuals who suggested that they run a size large and to purchase a narrow boot instead, I found that I am more than satisfied with how my boots fit. The toe box has plenty of room for swelling and thick socks. Also, they are incredibly comfortable, not to stiff, have very rugged grip, and are not to heavy. Most boots I try on are uncomfortable in the ankle, but these fit perfectly. I have not had one blister and the material inside the ankle of the boot and on the tongue are soft. This allows for shorter socks on warmer days (South Carolina folks. The struggle is real!).
Reviewed by Out in the field from Minnesota on Saturday, January 10, 2015
These may not work for everyone but for me they're perfect. I'm tall and have a long, narrow foot. Finding shoes is difficult and boots even moreso since men's sizes are too wide. But these came in narrow, and are just right. I wore them around the house for several hours the day they arrived with no problems -- a first for hiking boots for me. They are very well made and quite attractive for heavy duty boots. I might order a second pair.
Reviewed by Reviewer from Northern CA mountains on Sunday, October 12, 2014
.....my husband is the one who is rating and wearing them! I followed directions to get an 11 and 1/2 size for a woman's boot( I.e. 10) , and when I pulled one out of the box , my husband said, " that looks like it will fit me !" And he was right. There was an inch and a half beyond the toe of my larger foot!
So, although the reviews have been mixed on the sizing......and I read every single review because I deliberated for weeks over this boot..... I have to agree that getting it to fit right is a challenge. Because it is so well made ,and my husband can wear them, they get high marks. But because I gave up on buying hiking boots from STP for myself and paid quite a bit more in a local shoe store, I rated it one star lower. I couldn't exchange them because the size that might have worked for me was sold out. Plus, it really does look like a man's boot.
Reviewed by Sierra from Maine on Thursday, July 17, 2014
As I generally like Mammut products and needed a new leather boot for backpacking, I had great hope for these boots. As noted by several reviewers, these boots have a roomy toe box and the fit was such that I did not think my toes would slide forward. The footbed was also comfortable for me. But the interior of the tongue had rough uncomfortable stitching that it was impossible to wear these comfortably. I was not convinced that breaking in was going to fix the problem, so, sadly, I had to return them.
Reviewed by JDawg from Montana on Monday, May 5, 2014
Love these boots. They're very comfortable. Make sure you break them in good. They're pretty stiff. Did a several small hikes then did 8 miles. I tore up my ankles. Now that they're broken in, they're great.
Reviewed by Cory W. from Columbia, MD on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of stiff backpacking boots. I've done most of my treks with Salomon Trail Shoes. Recently, probably because 40 is just around the corner, I've felt like a need to protect my feet and ankles from fatigue and strain. I took a chance ordering these boots, knowing full well that the chance of me returning them would be about 90%. I've had great luck with Mammut gear and wanted to see how these might work out. Right out of the box, they fit like a glove. I used to work at REI in footwear and so not only do I know a ton about boots, I was yet to put a pair on that didn't annoy the [...] out of me. Even the top of the line and sworn by Asolo 520's felt like [...] on my feet. These boots, however are glorious. They secure your heal and softly wrap around your ankles (no bruised shins in store for me). The motion through the ankle is amazing. The toe box has ample room for wiggling toes and room to spread out with swelling during those warm summer treks. The only TBD about this boot is the volume versatility. I have an average insole and the leather is going to need to soften in order to get the lacing tighter by the toes. With the quality of the leather, I'm confident they will get there after a couple of good hikes. The sole is an awesome sticky tread, slightly soft for gripping rock and loose footing. My last comment is with regard to sizing. Follow the instructions and order based on European sizing. I am a US Women's 10.5 and the size 9 is perfect for me as described. Two words. GET THESE.