Rated 2 out of
Mike K from
Truly impressive LOOKING. But, no performance.The problem with Hanwag isn't their quality, it's their seemingly deliberate obfuscation of their various boots' intended use. Meaning, there's zero info about shank length, material or design so it's tough predict if the boot is for walking around the neighborhood or for serious high altitude treks.
I bought the Tingri for moderate high altitute trails (Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, etc.). What I got was a stiff sneaker with a really cushy interior. I suppose this boot has a shank, but it's not much of one. You can twist it side-to-side with moderate effort and the sole curls somewhat easily. A weak (or missing!) shank means the boot won't minimize ankle twists on a rocky trail, the curly forefront won't give you an edge-bite on a moraine and this boot certainly isn't for carrying a backpack. Frankly, the Tingri boot is about in the league of my New Balance trail runners.
The Tingri is constructed with a truly top quality leather (1.6mm Yak on the outside and about a .9 on the inside). It's got a rich looking exterior with an inviting interior. Very comfy, though quite narrow (as narrow as the a Sportiva).
Strangely, the leather is downright cool on your feet and seems to suck the heat out the sides of your foot. I've never had a boot do this. Because of this they're not good for snow immersion, though simply walking on icy pavement is fine. The tread superior because it's really grippy in dry, wet and even pebbly conditions. Annoyingly, after a few days I found the leather squeaks noticeably. Another drawback is that the leather is so rich looking that I'm hesitant to bushwhack with them since they only have a token bumper in the front (not to mention limited support!).
In summary, the Tingri boots seem to have no application in their intended design. They look like boots, smell like boots, but don't perform like boots. You'd be better served with some new sneakers.