Review: Mammut Alnasca Knit Low GTX approach shoe
The Mammut Alnasca Knit Low GTX shoe is a comfortable, grippy approach shoe. It is aimed at people who want to “feel safe and grounded on via ferratas, hikes or ascents”. Just so you know, an approach shoe is a hybrid footwear that combines walking boots and rock climbing shoes.
Features of Mammut Alnasca Knit Low GTX shoe
- Dual Density midsole for cushioning and stability.
- Elasticated 3D knitted sock inner
- Michelin outsole made of a special OCX rubber blend.
- 360 heel support with a 3D-shaped TPU element for “envelope” support
- Base Fit® – with sliding webbing that transfers power from the lacing area to the soles for good hold
- Elastic GORE-TEX® tongue construction
- Rubber toe cap
- Anatomically shaped footbed
- Male and female designs.
- Weight: 380g (UK 8). 330g (female UK5.5)
- SRP: £149.
- For stockists: Mammut and buy from Amazon.
On test: Mammut Alnasca Knit Low GTX shoe
Before I could even put these on, hubby G had them out of the box and on his feet. “Do you think the green looks a bit girlie?” he asked. Then he replied to his own question. “Nah. They look fine to me and I like them.”
So he has been testing the shoes for me.
He likes the fit and comfort of the Mammut Alnasca Knit Low GTX shoe.
Gordie says: “They are low rise, which I like, although other people might want a bit more ankle support. They feel like an average foot width.
“The elasticated knit inner – like neoprene – fits like a glove and is amazingly comfortable. It is particularly snug around the arch of my foot, which it great for me.”
Gordie also likes the lightweight style. He says: “They feel super light but still really sturdy. It’s the sort of shoe I have been looking for cragging and scrambling in Scotland, as well as for general every day use. They It could be good for the Cuillin mountains on Skye, for example, but in summer weather obviously.
“I might also take them with me for times when I am descending from a climbing route. They are not climbing shoes as such but they would be handy for returning to base after a climb.
“They ight be ok for lightweight summer walking as well. These shoes are pretty versatile actually.”
Gordie also notes the durability of the upper looks good. The upper has a protective rand and a rubber toe cap. The lacing system is secure and looks to be long-lasting.
He adds: “The sole is also excellent. It’s really grippy yet lightweight. I am impressed by that although I wouldn’t say this would be durable as a general walking shoe because I think the sole would wear through pretty quickly. However, they are sold as an approach shoe and, as such, I think they are a good version of this type of specific shoe.”
He is adamant he still likes the colour so I don’t think I’ll be getting the Mammut Alnasca Knit Low GTX shoes to try myself.