The first thing to mention about the Makra Combi boot is that is weighs an impressive 693g (UK9). Partly down to a honeycomb structure in the Vibram sole that suits scrambling as much as weight reduction, it also makes this one of the lightest boots capable of carrying a crampon you can currently buy. Consequently they’re of big appeal to year-round mountain hikers who may find themselves crossing the odd ice field or glacier. Elsewhere in the synthetic build there’s a Cordura upper for durablity, a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing, and the brand’s Alpin Wide last for broader walking comfort at the expense of technical climbing precision. Although padded leather offers more luxury, I found its low weight and adequate padding perfectly ample for non-winter 30km mountain days. A slight annoyance was that with all cleats employed the laces are only barely long enough to then tie together comfortably… an odd error, but not a disastrous one.
VERDICT: Lightweight, year-round versatility.
BEST FOR: Lightweight walkers.
Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple