Hanwag has reworked its popular TATRA trekking boot for Spring / Summer 2018 and added a lightweight, sportive version: TATRA LIGHT.
Leather, metal eyelets, a waterproof and breathable membrane, laces... the Hanwag TATRA GTX® is made of more than 25 different materials. In fact, these boots contain 110 individual parts and the Hanwag team needs 106 separate steps to make them. They remain
a much-loved classic from the Hanwag TREKKING line that wins over wearers with its perfect, comfortable fit, stability and flexibility. For Spring / Summer 2018, the TATRA has now been updated. And there’s more too. With the new TATRA LIGHT, the Hanwag Research & Development team under the lead of Andreas Settele has developed a little sister for the TATRA II. It has a particularly lightweight, flexible design and is perfect for short hikes with a lightweight pack.
Making a trekking boot, such as the TATRA is a complex process. From getting all the different materials ready, to cutting and stitching the upper, to lasting the boot with a cemented construction – there are hundreds of details that all have to be developed, evaluated, performed and checked. This requires a high level of handcrafted expertise . When the Hanwag R&D team decided to overhaul the TATRA, they paid particular attention to these details. New Click Clamp eyelets, a tongue lace hook, a new, more comfortable footbed and an embroidered logo – these are all small, but important changes to the new TATRA II.
Designing the TATRA LIGHT is in no way intended to replace the TATRA. It’s more a matter of Hanwag wanting to offer a lighter model that provides a solution for TREK LIGHT activities, i.e. (day) hikes, shorter treks with a lightweight pack on and off trail. The decisive factor here is the extremely lightweight, shock absorbing sole construction thanks to its Hanwag Integral Light sole. It features Hanwag’s proprietary 3D PrismBase technology and a completely new structure in the rubber foundation that reduces overall weight by up to 32% (compared to the rubber base of the previous outsole). There’s a TPU frame at the AW Integral sole and softer PU for superior cushioning that makes no sacrifices on stability. A further highlight of the TATRA LIGHT is the ergonomic upper construction made possible by new Hanwag LFX technology. Its special design enables uppers to move with greater lateral flex together with and at the same time as the lower leg axis. This promotes correct axial motion when walking and is easy on the joints.
Andreas Settele, Head of R&D Hanwag on the new TATRA LIGHT:
„Hanwag Integral Light sole construction, VIBRAM Integral Light outsole with Hanwag 3D PrismBase technology and LFX technology in the upper construction – the new TATRA LIGHT for Spring / Summer 2018 has a whole raft of new technologies and developments. With only 1,200 gramm / pair and a great perfomace we‘ve developed a product for sportive hikers and mountaineers. My very personal highlight of our Spring / Summer 2018 collection.“
The development process involved working closely with outdoor industry female opinion formers from the Hanwag “Women’s Alliance” to focus in detail on how we develop and design the women’s models, the TATRA II LADY and the TATRA LIGHT LADY. The result: functional adjustments that correspond to the specific requirements of the female anatomy, such as the new cuff that tapers off and is deeper at the back as women’s calves start lower than men’s. And there are new colours and details that will appeal to sporty women.