Whether exploring the lower mountain ranges or extended autumn hiking trips, the lightweight Bluecliff ES hiking boot has a high-quality suede and nubuck leather upper with a waterproof and PFC-free EcoShell membrane that’s ideal for active adventures in cooler conditions.
A boot for autumn hiking or leaf kicking on lower alpine trails. A boot to easily navigate mossy, mountain paths. A boot that see you safely through ankle-deep snow – or for walking the dog in all weathers. The HANWAG Bluecliff ES is a boot made of robust and reliable materials with functional features and a comfortable fit to provide the required support for a wide range of hiking.
What sets the Bluecliff ES apart? Its high-quality upper is made of nubuck leather and suede leather, which is applied at the heel and toe cap because it’s particularly robust. Its classic Derby cut has a facing tab tongue construction that helps keep feet dry. This is further supported by HANWAG’s proprietary PFC-free EcoShell membrane.
The Hike Pro outsole further contributes to the overall high comfort. It has a four-millimetre deep tread and extra-large lugs with a wider contact area and a particularly grippy rubber compound. Moreover, the special 3D IPU midsole construction guarantees a perfect fit and smooth roll off. This is made possible by using a combination of stabilising and expanded PU, plus a glass-fibre reinforced polypropylene stabilizer. To fix the foot firmly in place and ensure good heel retention, HANWAG uses high-quality, long-lasting metal eyelets and hooks that require no rivets, plus 2-Zone Lacing with a clamping lace hook.
When it comes to sustainability, the materials used to make this new, flexible hiking model are virtually all sourced from European suppliers and the boot itself is made in entirely in Europe – this is a matter of principle for Hanwag. However, when in terms of sustainability, the Bluecliff ES goes even further. Its stand-out benefit is the 100% PFC- free EcoShell membrane used in this model. Waterproof, breathable and sustainable – HANWAG introduced its proprietary PU membrane based on a complex, hydrophilic system. It offers waterproofing and breathability, yet without using fluorocarbons. Hydrophilic – the word comes from Greek and means ‘water-loving’, this aptly describes the physical properties of the membrane. The hydrophilic part absorbs moisture from the feet and moves it outside via evaporation. The membrane is part of a multi-layer laminate. For the Bluecliff ES, HANWAG uses a four-layer laminate that guarantees outstanding breathability and high comfort – something that becomes even more important on longer hikes. The fourth layer is an additional layer of insulation, which makes this boot ideal for hiking in autumn and spring.
Aside from its headquarters and workshop in Vierkirchen, Bavaria, HANWAG also has a manufacturing site in Hungary and is partnered with shoemakers in Croatia, Romania, Serbia and in the Allgäu (Germany). Most of these partnerships go back years. By making all its footwear in Europe HANWAG is able to guarantee the highest quality and consistency for its customers. Making footwear in Europe is also about sustainability and responsibility: Having shorter transport routes not only cuts emissions but also ensures the sustainable production of materials can be verified.
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