With a one-piece 2.8mm leather upper and a Sympatex waterproof lining, the Alt-Berg Mallerstang provides superb protection for the foot without fear of stitching fraying or the boot leaking. There’s no rand, but for most walkers this won’t be a problem. The outsole lugs are 6mm deep and widely spaced with a 15mm deep heel breast for traction. 5/5
This comes in five width fittings and sizes 5 to 12.5 so while there is no specific women’s version it is likely that the narrower-width fittings will suit most females. This felt higher-volume than some other boots here and had a good general fit to my foot, but others feel a little more precise on the foot. The ankle cuff is a similar height to others. 5/5
The ankle cuff is not perhaps quite as comfortable in the forward flex position as some other options. Also as this boot sits higher above the ground than others it feels a little less stable on the foot too, which adds the impression that some others feel slightly nicer on the foot. But it has a soft toe flex that adds to the comfort. 4/5
On soft snow the Alt-Berg Mallerstang offers unrivalled grip, thanks to that extremely aggressive pattern of lugs on the sole. It is not as precise as others for climbing or scrambling, though, and feels a little ‘clumpy’ in those situations. When walking the flex at the toe is quite soft, allowing a natural gait; but more toe stiffness would be good on steep snow. 4/5
The price is exceptionally good for what you get, making the an attractive option. 5/5
The Alt-Berg Mallerstang is an ideal boot for hillwalking in snow if you can’t quite stretch your cash any further.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2014