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The latest version of Hanwag's popular Tatra hiking boot on test has been updated for Summer 2018 and the message is clear - if it ain't broke, don't fix it, just make it even better.

hanwag tatra ii lady
Best for...
Multi day trekkers looking for a comfortable, female-specific, rugged trekking boot
Price
£215
Value
9
Quality
10
Performance
9
Looks
9
Comfort
10
Overall Score
9
+
Can be resoled as many times as you like
GORE-TEX liner may feel a touch too warm on hotter days
hanwag.com

The Tatra II Lady GTX is a good looking, robust, and traditional trekking boot that's built to do a job and do it well. With no fancy gimmicks or unnecessary fluro styling, the priority of the Tatra II is clear straight out of the box: this is a serious boot designed to deliver day-after-day in challenging off road terrain.

The Tatra II Lady GTX may look like a classic B/C grade boot but it comes loaded with cutting edge trek tech designed to facilitate comfort, stability and protection on the trail.

From the all-new comfort-oriented footbed to the soft, padded leather cuff, the Tatra II feels immediately plush and comfortable. The priority that Hanwag have given to delivering maximum comfort levels is plain to see and has resulted in a boot that hardly needs any breaking in period.

In terms of on trail performance, it's a beast in every way. The stability shank in the Tatra II's midsole provides the right level of support without feeling excessively stiff. Combined with the comfort-oriented features described above, the result is a boot that will work just as well for long multi-day hikes such as the Tour du Mont Blanc as it will for a once-in-a-lifetime trekking trip to Nepal.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Tatra II is the Vibram AW Integral sole that delivers excellent traction on scree and difficult mountain paths. Flexible enough to allow you to feel the trail beneath your feet, yet solid enough to deliver maximum grip when needed, the sole of the Tatra II epitomises the trekking soul of this boot.

Fit-wise, we'd describe them as 'average'. Neither excessively wide nor pinchy narrow, they are likely to fit a wide range of foot types and the low cuff makes them a particularly good choice for those with stereotypically 'female' calves! The new lacing system with click-clamp eyelet helps deliver a customized fit as you can secure the boot tighter around the foot and looser around the ankle if so desired. Likewise, the new lace hook on the tongue ensures that things stay where they're supposed to and that the tongue of the boot doesn't slip at all.

Whilst the Tatra II's don't shout about their green credentials, the fact that they are both resoleable and exceptionally durable makes them a solid sustainable choice. Built to last and endure, the Tatra II's look destined to become a firm fixture on the trekking trails for the foreseeable future.

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