Haglöfs have a new boot for this season and it has the marvellous name of the Grym. I know a little something is lost in the translation, but the name still suits the boot from this side of the North Sea. It’s black, it’s mean looking, it’s badass with laces.
The upper is SuperFabric, which is highly textured, super strong and absorbs very little water. There’s a Gore-Tex liner, thick rand for even more abuse resistance and a soft compound aggressive Vibram outsole. Inside we have some memory foam around the ankle to hopefully get you a best-possible fit and like all new Haglöfs footwear, a Sole heat-moldable insole. The lacing is through chunky eyelets a sturdy looking hooks, with a pair of locking D-Rings half way up. The ankle cuff is high but soft and shouldn’t give my Achilles tendon any grief.
When I took them out of the box my first thought after seeing them was “Oh, they’re light”. They look like an alpine boot, they feel like an alpine boot, but they have a nice amount of flex at the toe which for me makes them a nice winter boot for here at home. Are they light? These size 43’s come in at 830g per boot, and for this spec that is pretty light. On my feet, they certainly don’t feel like breeze blocks.
While maybe not intended as a crampon compatible mountain boot (but bear in mind that anything designed in Sweden for trekking is going to be broad shouldered enough to take anything the UK can fire at it, any time of year), the light minded will have crampons that they can attach to it that will work well, be it Kahtoolas or something like the Grivel Airtechs I stuck on.
I’m going to test these (proper boots,let’s rock!). I’ll give them a few run-outs on some wet days, but come the snow they’ll get some proper miles on them.