Mammut’s Redburn Low GTX is a technical approach shoe which certainly looks the part. The sturdy appearance is backed up by a really solid, confidence building feel in use – your feet feel well protected and well supported, especially around the heel and arch.
This sure-footedness is due in part due to Mammut’s patented ‘Base Fit’ lacing, which transfers power to your soles and prevents pressure points as well as stopping your feet from slipping in the shoe. Combine this with the high-grip soles and, despite the relatively shallow lugs, the Redburn really does grip like a baby monkey.
In addition you get a breathable Gore-Tex membrane which, up to a point, will keep your feet comfy and dry, and an abrasion resistant outer fabric to keep the weather out.
There’s also a generous rubber toe guard for protection when scrambling or climbing, and the overall build quality of the Redburn is likely to allow you to really give them some stick.
The underfoot cushioning is not as plush as some of the other trail shoes we have tested, but that wouldn’t worry us too much as the trade-off is great feel and traction, especially on rough and rocky ground.
This means that the Redburn is really well suited to demanding hiking and scrambling on rocky terrain and is well worth considering if this is the kind of stuff you enjoy.