Mountains don’t always have to mean mountain boots. This is now widely accepted. But wearing crampons with low-cut shoes is certainly not common. The FERRATA LOW is opening up a new field – and not just for HANWAG – as a hybrid crampon-compatible model that is a lightweight, yet extremely stable and uncompromising rock shoe. This is the right choice for proficient, experienced alpinists, who have the required strength and fitness to wear a low-cut mountain shoe safely (and benefit from the increased freedom of movement and improved ventilation in return) – even when traversing a snowfield requiring crampons for short periods. Hence the heel welt for a heel bail.
Like the FERRATA II, it’s built on the TubeTec Rock sole platform that combines climbing performance via its stable TPU frame and walking comfort and very good shock absorbency via a PU core at the heel section and the ball of the foot. The FERRATA LOW is also designed specifically to cope with rock and scree, which is why the Bavarian bootmaker reinforces it at critical wear zones with a robust rubber toe cap and makes the entire upper using a virtually indestructible polyurethane yarn.
For the FERRATA LIGHT LOW, HANWAG uses its proven TubeTec Rock sole, but does away with the rubber toe cap to save weight. However, the highly abrasion-resistant PU yarns reliably protect the FERRATA LIGHT LOW’s upper. This makes the lighter FERRATA LIGHT LOW a very lightweight approach shoe for fast ascents and more dynamic use. In spite of its low-cut upper, the FERRATA LIGHT LOW offers a high level of support and good torsional stability.
With these lightweight and very lightweight approach shoes, the new FERRATAS are the go-to options for wearers unwilling to accept compromises. In addition, they won’t have to sacrifice alpine versatility for extra weight and unresponsive designs. HANWAG gives both low-cut models feature a new one-piece upper. This innovative technology enables a seamless combination of different yarns to build the upper, allowing a more robust material mix and a cleaner appearance.