For the new edition of the classic BANKS boot, HANWAG has focused on further improving its lightweight design and ensuring the required sure-footedness in combination with ankle protection in varied terrain, while continuing to offer maximum comfort especially over longer distances. To make this possible, there is slightly more room at the forefoot. The toes and ball of the foot have excellent power transfer to the sole, but still enjoy good freedom of movement and space to move. With its five different lasts for five different fits – Normal, Narrow and SF Extra for women, Normal and SF Extra for Men – the BANKS covers a wide spectrum of foot shapes. The abbreviation “SF Extra” stands for Straight Fit Extra. The SF versions of the BANKS offer maximum freedom of movement and comfort for wider feet thanks to their wider forefoot and straight toe box.
All its high-quality materials and components are selected for durability and functionality. The new BANKS is made from 100% finest LWG (Leather Working Group) Gold-rated nubuck leather – a certification that guarantees not just particularly high-quality leather but also sustainable, eco-friendly leather manufacturing. Its lace hooks are made from robust cast metal.
In addition, the sole has been further improved on two fronts. The midsole now contains soft polyurethane (PU) for improved shock absorbency, enhanced roll-off and “softer” walking comfort. And the new Vibram “Endurance Pro” outsole uses a proven trekking rubber compound and has a tread design that has been optimised for hiking. The contact surfaces at the forefoot and heel are slightly larger to provide maximum stability. On the inside, wearers can choose from a waterproof, breathable membrane from long-standing HANWAG partner Gore-Tex or HANWAG’s soft, supple leather lining.
The BANKS is intended to be used on demanding hikes in terrain ranging from lower mountain ranges to the foothills of the Alps and easier hut-to-hut trips with a lightweight pack. It’s the direct result of years of experience from thousands of kilometres hiked all over the world – from three hour walks to month-long trips on international long-distance trails.