If you are struggling to get a pair of boots that fit then check out the Alt-Berg range, as most models are available in five width fittings. The Mallerstang will not only fit well due to these width options but also it is built to tackle a wide range of terrain. So you get a one-piece 2.8mm anfibio leather upper and a high ankle cuff with good stiffness to support and protect the foot in many conditions. That high ankle cuff also helps keep snow, slush and rubble from entering the boot. The outsole is a very aggressive Vibram unit with exceptionally deep lugs to provide a good grip in snow and mud, and as it is so deep it will take many years to wear smooth. You do not get a rubber rand (but only extremely hard users will need to worry about that) and also the foot is quite high above the ground on each step, so it does not feel quite as precise and stable as some other options. There’s no women’s version of the Alt-Berg Mallerstang, but the five width fittings mean this has the potential to fit some females better than other boots.
Upper materials full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Sympatex
Sole unit Vibram Ice Trak
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 5-13.5
Weight 2090g (pair, size 11)
The Alt-Berg Mallerstang is a good value 3-4 season boot that is durable, functional and ideal for most British mountain walks throughout the year.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012