We had the opportunity to test the Dachstein Grimming GTX winter mountaineering shoes from December 2017 until February 2018 and our objective conclusion is a positive one.
At first we had some problems with them since they caused injury above the heel but that was resolved after a while when they gave in and because we also used heel highteners.
Winter mountaineering shoes are rigid in order to prevent slipping and for holding you foot tighter but that also means they will give way after a longer time than summer or 3 seasons mountaineering shoes.
We tested them on trails in Slovakia in the High Tatras, in the Apuseni Mountains in Romania and in the Alps in Austria.
All trails included a lot of snow and temperatures no less than -7 degrees Celsius.
They are solidly built and they’re made out of quality materials.
They also have the GORE-TEX membrane which makes them waterproof and breathable.
The Vibram Mulaz sole is a mid-depth grip rubber which provides a good grip on all surfaces.
They’re also compatible with crampons for walking on ice or icy snow.
We even crossed the creek entering the Cetățile Rădesei Cave in Padiș, in the Apuseni Mountains in Romania and we had no water or moisture whatsoever.
We also didn’t experience cold either but that’s also due to our performance socks that we’ll review in another post 😀
The price is a bit high (250 Euro at the time of writing this post) but other competitors with such high quality materials have prices in the same range.
If you love mountaineering during the winter season we recommend them for trails which have a medium difficulty level and length.
We’d like to thank Annapurna (https://www.annapurna.ro/) for offering this product for test both for men and for women 🙂