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The Hanwag Makra Combi GTX is packed full of alpine-specific features but how would it stand up to our winter walking boot test?

hanwag makra combi lady gtx
Best for...
Aspirational alpinists who encounter a variety of challenging and technical terrain.
Overall Score
The honeycomb structure of the Vibram sole saves weight without sacrificing performance
May be too aggressive for the majority of UK winter hill walkers

With nearly 100 years of outdoor footwear making experience under their belts, it's safe to say that German brand Hanwag know a thing or two when it comes to producing quality mountain boots and the Makra Combi GTX further enhances this reputation.

The Makra Combi GTX is a real alpine adventurer. Built for high mountain missions in the alpine, the Makra Combi GTX is a semi automatic crampon-compatible, lightweight and technical mountain boot that will take you above treeline, along rocky ridges and into glacial terrain.

It may be described as an 'all-rounder' but make no mistake, this is one serious boot. Exceptionally lightweight yet aggressive, the Makra Combi GTX is packed full of features designed to deliver precision in challenging terrain when moving at speed. The durable, waterproof and breathable GORE TEX liner kept our feet dry and comfortable on the coldest and wettest of hill days and the lightweight, highly technical and aggressive Vibram Pepe sole offered superior traction underfoot. We used the boot with C1 flexible crampons which were easy to fit, stayed in place and offered underfoot security on the snowy Cairngorm plateau.

Fit-wise, the Makra Combi GTX come in Hanwag's Alpin Wide Last but if you're narrow of hoof, don't despair. The width of the last is less about being wide-foot specific and more about preventing walking-induced pressure points during long days on the hill. We have narrow feet but found the boot to offer a snug, secure and comfortable on-hill feel.

When it comes to styling, the Makra Combi GTX packs a fairly impressive punch. The bright colours and contrasting stitching combine to create a classic yet striking boot that you could imagine seeing on the feet of the most stylish and performance-conscious Chamonix mountain guide.

Packed full of alpine specific features, this boot will be way too technical for those looking for a cosy winter rambling partner but if you're into cold weather rocky scrambles and technical hill walks then it could be right up your gully.

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