Those new-age synthetic mountaineering boots look nice, but years of experience have taught you that lightweight often means flimsy. Mammut understands that, which is why the Men's Magic Guide High GTX Boot is one of the few mountaineering boots built out of leather. Its thick full-grain leather comes from a European Perwanger tannery that has a proven record for durable longevity.
That's not to say the Magic Guide High GTX Boot is the same boot you wore on your first summit all those years ago. Mammut revamped this traditional mountaineering boot with a waterproof Gore-Tex Duratherm Comfort membrane that provides ample warmth in subzero temperatures and the protection required in snowy, icy situations. Other modern innovations include Vibram's rubber sole with a mountaineering-specific Maton tread and an insulated insole made of carbon for an ideal balance of ultralight weight and an ultra-stiff feel.
- Supportive mountaineering boot for high-altitude ascents
- Waterproof Gore-Tex Duratherm assures warmth in subzero temperatures
- Thick full-grain leather upper with sturdy 3-zone lacing
- Insulated carbon insole keeps the boot stiff and light
- Light PU and poro wedge maintains support and stability
- Vibram's rubber sole with mountaineering-specific Maton tread
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- Q & A
Versatile rugged off-trail mountain boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 140lbs
Editted 11/23/2018: Revised review to reflect additional use, including upgrading from 4 to 5 stars.
The Mammut Magic Guides are rugged, comfortable boots with semi-rigid soles (just a slight flex at the ball of the foot). I wore mine everyday for a month to break them in. They work great for off-trail mountain use. If all of your hiking is on trail, then these may be more rigid than you need, but they are just as comfortable on trail as off once broken in. The lacing system makes it easy to achieve a tight fit without heel lift. I haven't had any blisters or hot spots. My foot shape is generally incompatible with Scarpa boots, but these Mammuts fit me well. I like boots that are compatible with automatic crampons so that they can be worn with crampons and skis. This boot hits all of the major marks for me, and they are very comfortable. The boots are fully waterproof and lightly insulated, making them great spring through fall. I don't overheat in them wearing them in summer (in Alaska). I'm not sure that they would be insulated enough for temperatures below 0 F / -18 C though. There are two minor problems that are worth mentioning, but I think this boot is a very good option.
The first problem is that the toe is oddly narrow and pointed in such a way that makes it interface imperfectly with automatic crampons or ski bindings. The narrow toe leaves gaps on either side of the front receiver. I've attached a picture attempting to show this problem (for reference, the crampons are Grivel Rambos).
The second problem is that the upper portion of the boot feels like it needs just slightly more support, even at the cost of adding more weight. My previous pair of boots were AKU Montagnards, which were very robust. I have become used to the more easily flexed uppers on these Mammuts though, and I think that even in spite of their slightly underpowered uppers they perform quite well.