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You'd rather look down on clouds than up at them, and the Mammut Nordwand TL Mountaineering Boot shares your preference for altitude. One of the flagships of Mammut's mountaineering line, the Nordwand boasts a tough yet non-restrictive upper of synthetic leather, while Thinsulate insulation traps body heat for thermal efficiency.
  • Vibram Teton sole engineered specifically for high-altitude trekking, and can gain grip and traction on a variety of surfaces
  • Double-insulated carbon insole provides specific cushioning to relieve stress on typical pressure points throughout the gait cycle
  • Speed lace system means you can be on the mountain in no time, rather than fumbling with your footwear at camp

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Will these also function well for long...

Will these also function well for long approaches? Like 15+ mile hikes before the climb begins?

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The Mammut Nordwand TL is a very rigid boot and with the overboot would get pretty muggy on an approach. This boot is really intended only for intense alpine climbing.

I suppose you could use it if the approach was very cold and you would benefit from a low flex boot, but otherwise I would invest on a lightweight approach shoe for that long of a hike in.

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I agree with Mike, any full shank boot is going to get uncomfortable fast! I prefer to use a light approach shoe or sandal depending on weather and just carry that boot. Recently a few of my friends were ranting and raving about these

The shank is retractable giving you toe flex. I don't know about 15 miles in them but if thats the route you want to go.

In the past I saw this in a smaller size...

In the past I saw this in a smaller size for women (6) are they available to special order?

3 5

Almost great.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This boot has many good features. I have climbed hard with the boot in wet, icy and cold conditions. I never had a problem with leaking and they keep your feet nicely warm in moderate cold. The easy pull lacing system and power strap work well together and the boots are quick to get on. The boot gaiter holds up to abuse. I think they could have done without the mammut stitching on the top of the boot. It looks good, but does nothing for the preformance(unravels and could be an eventual leakage issue). I treated mine with waterproof spray just in case but never had a leak. I have been on full day slog/climbs with these boots. They are a bit wide fitting in the heel. The only major issue I had with comfort has to do with the interior zipper pouch sewn at the base of he zipper. This reinforced pouch pushes into the top of my foot and eventually gets quite sore. I suppose that would have to do with foot shape, but it has been an issue for me. If you do feel I pushing down when you try them on, it might be an issue after many hours of wear. Light weight, precise on ice and good edging. Hope this helps! I gave them a 3 star because they hurt my feet. Otherwise they would be a 4.5.

5 5

Comfy, warm, rugged

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

After 4 seasons of use my observations are the following: (Includes testing a prototype for one season)

- Pros:
- Comfortable for long walks, crampons or not, any terrain. Soft midsole.
- Precise and supportive for climbing. Rigid carbon shank and solid ankle support.
- Very good weight/insulation ratio
- Lasting waterproofness despite absence of a membrane
- Smart lacing system allows putting them on wearing gloves.
- Fast drying

- Tight-cut gaiter. This is the predominant reason for some people's complaint about zipper problems. Careful lacing, tucking and closing the zipper is important. Grease zipper regularly ( same goes for every super-gaiter shoe) to ensure smooth sliding.

5 5

Guide recommended, loved them

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I tried out these and Scarpa Phantoms on recommendation from a friend of mine that guides professionally. LOVE THEM. Easy to adjust and lock in my heal, very warm and dry. Fit me great.

I found the Scarpas to be a little small in the toe box, but the Mammuts felt great. To be fair I have only used them on one climb up Mt Hood this year but I look forward to wearing them this winter.

No issue with the zipper or color as discussed below.

For those that want to know I work Grivel G12 crampons with these boots and they fit great.

5 5

My Favorite Boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Recommended boot. love it. Warm, comfortable and light. I have not had any problems with mine. Zippers are still working great after 2 summers guiding in the Cascades. Very little color fade on the inside of the tongue, unrelated to performance.

My Favorite Boot
2 5

Awesome warmth and build, poor zip

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Killed one zipper already in the high Arctic. Awesome performance at above 5000M in the Pamirs and even above freezing on some lower glaciers, and perfect for wading arctic bogs and glacial melt. That is, until the zipper on one boot decided to eat the zipper stop, and had to be opened with a pen to get the boot off. I'm excited for the next design with a better (not two-tubes style waterproof) zipper.

2 5

Bad zipper, peeling leather color

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have used this shoes in Andes and I like them. But I had a lot problems with a zipper. While descending it constantly opened somewhere in the middle of the closed zipper.

I tried to reopen it several times but it opend again and again.

2. Blue colour inside the boot is peelig off. After a day of use it looked like they are wery old. I didn't expect such a sloppiness from Mammut.

Bad zipper, peeling leather color
2 5

Be careful of the zippers

Loved these boots, they are warm,climbed well and fit my feet great. I'm a huge fan of Mammut and was very happy with these boots for about a month. I had the zipper get stuck on the right boot after a long day in the mountains and I had to fight to even get the boot off my foot. Luckily I was inside at that point so it was more of a nuisance. The next day the zipper worked fine and I didn't see any problems with the teeth so I took it as a fluke. Fast forward to the next weekend and after my approach I went to tighten up the boots for the climb and I was unable to get the zipper down at all. It wouldn't budge and after five minutes of fighting with it in the cold I gave up and proceeded to climb with a loose\sloppy right boot. I attempted several more times thought the climb to get the zip down but was unable to. Even after I had them home in the warm air the zip was still stuck so back they went to Backcountry. Too bad I really liked them too.

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How does this boot fit compared to the La...

How does this boot fit compared to the La Sportiva Evo Nepal. I have the Evo Nepal boot in a 44 1/2 (US 11). Thanks.

Is this compatible with the Petzl Charlet...

Is this compatible with the Petzl Charlet M10 crampon?

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I have not tried the M10 with this boot but have used most of the other Petzl crampons with it, no problems. Dart and Dartwin for ice and mixed, Sarken and Vasek for alpine.

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Thanks for the input on the crampon fit....

Thanks for the input on the crampon fit. I only asked as people have had issues with Scarpa boots with BD Vrs Petzl so forth and so on. If i was gonna risk a real good crampon fit i would just go with La Sportiva boots as i know my Petzl Lynx fit the Batura Evo well.

Thanks again...

Can anyone speak to how specific crampons...

Can anyone speak to how specific crampons are fitting this boot. Like Petzl vrs Black Diamond?

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they will fit about the same, I would go for a preference on crampons, intead off sizing

5 5

Awesome Boot

Mammut has dialed in their boot fit and the Nordwand is an awesome addition to their line up. Warm, light and technical I have been very impressed thus far. The carbon shank instead of steal keeps the feet warmer and makes the boot lighter.
I have a tricky foot in a size 44 with a wide forefoot and narrow heal. These boots fit well enough for me with minimal heal lift while climbing. While I could deal with a bit more width in the front, that is always the case for me as ski boots have ravaged my feet over the years.
The boot walks well on dry trail approaches and climbs exceptionally well. During a long downpour I did experience a bit of water leaching through the orange Mammut stitching on the top, but a shot of Scotchgaurd took care of this.
I've had this boot up to 16,000 feet and was impressed with the warmth. I also did a glacier traverse the other day in a t-shirt and shorts and the boot was not too hot. Maybe they used their "cold black" technology? I'm not sure.

4 5

Good boot.

I've only been on two outings with these boots but so far I am satisfied.
I normally wear size 10 street shoes and ended up with size 11's in the Norwands. I have wide-ish feet and these are higher volume boot compared to the Scarpa Guides which I also considered buying.
I have worn several different climbing-mountaineering boots over the years from Galibier double leather boots to double plastic to insulated leather etc... but these are my first synthetic - integrated gaiter boots. I mostly plan on using these for ice climbing in Québec and the NE United States. I bought these boots to replace my shredded Koflach Artis expeditions, circa 1996 and also my too-small Sportiva Nepal Tops. My criteria were, in order of importance, warmth, fit (minimum heel lift) and durability. Warmth is determined by fit and these fit me well. The Scarpa guides were narrower and my heel was more secure but my toes were more restricted and I was worried my feet would be colder due to this. I thought the builld quality on both boots was the same. The mammut Norwands are tagged as Raichles inside and Raichle has always made good boots.
For the Norwands I replaced the insole with red Superfeet (insulated) insoles which lifted my heels into the heel cup to reduce heel lift. I had to cinch hard on the laces and velcro strap to avoid heel lift when climbing vertical ice but the boots were still comfy.
Here are my impressions after about two miles of hiking and 300m of ice climbing up to grade 5 ice. These are not as warm as my koflachs but are more comfortable (although not outrageously so). My Nepals are tighter fitting and climb better but are much colder than the Norwands.
The durability of the Koflachs and the Nepals are superior to the Norwands.
These are a new type of boot for me and I think they are near or at the top of their class but I'm not sure this class of boots is right for me. They have a slight comfort advantage over plastic doubles for approaches but are not as warm and with plastics you also have the possibility of adding an insulated gaiter. They are warmer than insulated leather boots but less comfortable and durable.
I will keep you updated after 10 or 12 more outings when I wear them in some more.

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Anyone have any idea how these are fitting Petzl Crampons.

How much thinsulate is in these boots? ...

How much thinsulate is in these boots? I'm wondering how warm they are.

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I would write a Mammut representative directly. It's not listed online.

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They are pretty warm. Great for most alpine outings in the lower 48. They are a single boot so multi day winter climbing in cold places may be too much. I wouldn't take them to Denali, but I would use them up to 7000m in the Himalaya-if that makes sense