Winter can get you down. Some psychologists say that the lack of drive that certain people experience in winter might be a throwback to human hibernation. However, to feel better during the winter months, we should be doing exactly the opposite. Getting out into daylight! Because activity and fresh air produces feel-good hormones or endorphins. Winter might be a time when the trails and weather can be more challenging for hikers, but it’s also a time when the natural world reveals unique perspectives. Mother nature takes a well-earned rest, and covers the landscape with a glittering blanket of snow and frost. When the only sound might be the soft squeaking of boot soles on frozen ground during a winter hike.
BANKS WINTER GTX
The Banks Winter is the cold-weather addition to the classic Hanwag Banks family of hiking boots for the autumn/ winter 2020/21 season. This lightweight hiking boot offers maximum comfort and sure-footedness with full functionality for hiking in the colder months of the year. What does that mean exactly? The upper of the winter version is cut a few centimetres higher to prevent snow ingress and to keep the Achilles tendon warm. The whole boot has been adapted for winter use.
UPPER FABRIC AND LINING: The high-quality workmanship and components guarantee cold weather functionality. The new Banks Winter is made 100% of finest Leather Wor- king Group (LWG) Gold-certified nubuck leather. This confirms not just the particularly high quality of the leather, but also its compliance with environ- mental standards and sustainable manufacturing. The nubuck leather upper is combined with a breathable Gore-Tex Partelana lining that prevents feet from sweating even during strenuous winter tours. The multilayer Partela- na membrane lining has additional wool content to keep feet warm in sleet, snow and ice.
FOOTBED: Underfoot, the sole unit design is also optimised for cold weather conditions. The footbed benefits from a layer of aluminium that reflects cold radiating from the ground away from the feet. In addition, micro perforations in the footbed collect and store warmth emitted by the feet. The combination of insulating materials and the comfortable design make the Banks Winter sui- table for temperatures down to minus 15 degrees.
OUTSOLE: Including in treacherous, icy conditions. This is because the Banks Winter is equipped with a Vibram Icetrek outsole. Winterproof sole with outstanding grip and superb traction: The slip-resistant rubber compound allows hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to move confidently and securely on risky winter sur- faces. This is made possible by the specially-developed Vibram winter rubber, which – similar to a car tyre – does not harden even in very low temperatures and continues to provide a reliable grip. In addition, they have a further inte- resting characteristic: the special winter rubber compound leaves no marks or scratches on sensitive house floors.
What activities do we recommend the Banks Winter for? Long hikes and walks in moderately snowy winter and wet, muddy autumn terrain. It’s ideal for lower mountain ranges right through to the foothills of the Alps, including in the woods and on toboggan runs. The Banks Winter is a product of our long-standing experience and countless kilometres of hiking. With its functional design, it’s destined to make winter the favourite season for hikers in future.
· // HIGH-CUT UPPER FOR GREATER COMFORT AND PROTECTION IN SNOW AND COLD WEATHER
· // WARM GORE-TEX PARTELANA LINING
· // OPTIMUM GRIP IN WINTER TERRAIN THANKS TO VIBRAM ICETREK SOLE
· // INSULATING FOOTBED WITH ALUMINIUM
ARAIO GTX AND TOLVA GTX
Winter means high demand for multifunctional footwear. The Tolva GTX and Araio GTX models for the autumn/ winter 2020/21 season are comfortable all-rounders for everyday use, snow-covered city streets on the way to work or relaxed autumn hiking. These mid-cut models fit just above the ankle, offer a comfortable solution for a wide range of activities and can cope with just about everything short of alpine use. Their favourite time of year? Spring, autumn and winter.
UPPER FABRIC AND LINING: With their robust, split leather and nubuck upper and waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex trekking lining, these boots will keep your feet warm, dry and com- fortable all day, every day from October through to Easter. Of course, appea- rances count too. These models blend high-quality leather with an attractive, modern loden aesthetic. The upper is made of 70% wool and 30% polyester – the women’s version also has the same material at the top of the tongue – for a soft, comfortable touch and feel.
FIT: Their weather protection makes no sacrifices when it comes to comfort. The Hanwag StraightFit Last ensures a particularly comfortable fit thanks to its wider toe box that allows more space for the toes. In addition to the enhanced overall comfort, the improved insulation really makes a difference on colder days.
OUTSOLE: The sole makes no compromises either. Both the Tolva GTX and Araio GTX are equipped with the particularly abrasion-resistant – and partly recycled – ATR sole. It has a high natural rubber content compound that provides especially good grip on wet and slippery surfaces.
Whether you are looking for a lightweight partner for spring hiking in frosty conditions and relaxed day hikes on colder days, or just comfortable winter footwear for the walk to work – these two new models in the Hanwag Active Winter category are genuine and stylish all-rounders.
· // LASTED FOR A COMFORTABLE FIT THAT ALLOWS THE BIG TOE TO ASSUME A STRAIGHT POSITION
· // GRIPPY ATR OUTSOLE WITH 10% RECYCLED RUBBER CONTENT AND POLYU- RETHANE MIDSOLE
· // COMFORTABLE AND STYLISH CUFF WITH LODEN STYLING